Vietnam War Veterans
The following leaflet was distributed by Vietnam Veterans Against the
WAR during an
event in their campaign to stop the war and get recognition for their
organized a march on 4-7 September 1970 between the Black ghetto in
Morristown, New Jersey and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
They called it Operation RAW (for Rapid American Withdrawal –
WAR spelled backwards). They
were all in fatigues and carried toy rifles, pretending to be on patrol
in Vietnam while marching through villages.
The Philadelphia Street Theatre acted as their victims.
The leaflet said:
A U.S. infantry company just came through here:
If you had been Vietnamese -
We might have burnt your house
We might have shot you dog
We might have shot you . . .
We might have raped your wife and daughter
We might have turned you over to your government for torture
We might have taken souvenirs from your property
We might have shot things up a bit . . .
We might have done ALL these things to you and your whole TOWN!
If it doesn't bother you that American soldiers
do these things every day to the Vietnamese simply because they are
"Gooks", THEN picture YOURSELF as one of the silent VICTIMS.
TO END THE WAR
BEFORE THEY TURN YOUR SON INTO A BUTCHER
or a corpse.
Home to War - A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement, by
Geraldo Nicosia, Three Rivers Press, New York, USA, 2001