Our cover pictures Le Thi Tuyt, a deputy guerrilla leader of the Provisional Revolutionary Government somewhere inside "South" Vietnam. The image of freedom fighters like Le is something you'll never see in the American mass media -- it's an image that cuts through too many lies and too much distortion about the other side. Because of dedicated Vietnamese like Le, that country is finally on the eve of ridding itself of the US-propped Thieu regime of corruption and repression. Of course, to read the American press you might think that women in the liberated areas are being mercilessly massacred and forced to flee by vicious, power-crazed communists, and not fighting to control their own land.
"Today the locust fights the elephant, but tomorrow the elephant will be disembowled" predicted Ho Chi Minh before he died. Uncle Ho has been proven correct. To get at some of the truth in the Indochina situation, as opposed to the Rockefeller-owned media's angle, the SUN presents herein an interview with Jane Fonda, one of this country's few authorities on how the Vietnamese forces view their situation.
Meanwhile, Ford, Schlesinger, Kissinger and the Pentagon carry out a propaganda war for one billion dollars of military and "humanitarian" aid to prop up their dictator in Indochina. Realizing that the tide of American public opinion has turned against them on the issue, the government has mounted an incredible media exploitation campaign -- this time using tragic Vietnamese war orphans. The sight of Ford carrying a baby in his arms whose parents he may have helped kill with American guns and money, is one of the more hypocritical sights of a long and vicious war. Mark Lane, in Ann Arbor last week, called the orphan-lift "kidnapping" of Vietnamese from their own culture.
Last week at the Oscar awards, the producer of the anti-war movie "Hearts and Minds," Bert Schneider, read a telegram from a PRG official proclaiming the liberation of much of the southern half of Vietnam, in those terms. Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra promptly had the Motion Picture Academy issue a disclaimer.
To jump around a bit, also inside this issue the SUN takes a look at the Ann Arbor elections, which it appears has resulted in the victory of an HRP/Democratic majority under the leadership of Democrat Al Wheeler. While the Repubs are making a last ditch effort to preserve their rule with a recount challenge, it looks like Al will be in the Mayor's chair shortly. Wheeler won because 87% of those voting for Carol Ernst made a second choice for the Democrat, despite the fact that HRP did not urge such a move. Happily, the community is smarter than the HRP leadership, which decided to "table" a motion urging a second choice rather than confront the reality of the situation. Their lack of initiative in explaining the use of the voting system HRP itself put on the ballot could have ended in disaster, and didn't merely by 111 votes.
In the 4th ward, the HRP just barely split the vote to elect a "libertarian" Republican. If the Repubs win the 4th next year Council will once again be GOP dominated, which is not necessary if the HRP swallows its abstract "purity" and runs in that ward for educational purposes only, while endorsing the Democratic candidate. It comes down to a question of whether the HRP exists simply to perpetuate itself and its ideology, or else to function as a "people's" party, which means looking out for the interests of the community as a whole. With Kathy Kozachenko holding the swing-vote on the new Council, HRP can either act responsibly, working with Democrats to affect real change, or else can continue to put ideology above practicality by refusing to work in the coalition mode.
Also in this issue, the SUN takes a look at some activities for spring -- if it ever gets here, that is. This has been the coldest April on record so far. Nature must be revolting against manipulation, or something. Take note that the next SUN, out April 25, will begin our fifth year of regular publication in Ann Arbor. The SUN was started in its present incarnation on May 1st, 1971.