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The Vietcong, or National Liberation Front, officially the Liberation Army of South Vietnam (Mat tran Dan toc Giai phong mien Nam Viet Nam), and formerly called Cong San Viet Nam, was a Communist army that fought the governments of South Vietnam and the United States during the Vietnam War (1959-1975), and had its origins from the Viet Minh. The Vietcong is best known for the Tet Offensive of 1968, in which they killed thousands of people. The offensive included an attack on the U.S. embassy in Saigon which received extended worldwide media attention.[1] Ngo Dinh Diem allegedly came up with the name after a South Vietnamese sentry was killed trying to alert the camp to the approach of the "Mat tran Dan toc Giai phong mien Nam Viet Nam" and being mistaken for the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (Chinh Phu Cach Mang Lam Thoi Cong Hoa Mien Nam Viet Nam), where he said "Let's cut the crap. They're Viet Cong."[2]

During the war, Communist propaganda insisted that the Vietcong was an insurgency indigenous to the South. Memoirs written after the war by Tran Van Tra and others reveal that this was a hoax. Nguyen Huu Tho, the group's chairman and token non-Communist, was a figurehead. The military commanders, including Tra himself, were North Vietnamese army officers who ignored Tho and the other civilian leaders. Strategy was determined by the Military Commission in Hanoi.

Between 2,800 and 6,000 South Vietnamese were killed in the Massacre of Hue. In the Dak Son Massacre, the group used flame throwers to massacre a village of Montagnards.

The U.S. Congress, controlled by Democrats eager to get back at President Richard Nixon, cut off funding to South Vietnam in August 1974[3] causing us to lose the war which, according to many South Vietnamese military officers, we were close to winning. The South Vietnamese army ran out of ammunition and fuel soon afterward. The North Vietnamese marched into Saigon in April 1975. The Vietcong was dissolved in 1977.

PLO's Ahmad Shukeiri

Palestinian Ahmad Shukeiri, before the '67 Six-Day War, had declared his support for the Viet Cong. [4] And has threatened the United States with an alliance with the Vietcong. [5]

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  2. Robert A. Nisbet, Roosevelt and Stalin: The Failed Courtship (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 1989).
  4. Irving Louis Horowitz (1974) "Israeli Ecstasies/Jewish Agonies". Oxford University Press. p. 11.

    In the 1930's Arab terrorists and "guerrillas" waged a continuous war against Jewish settlements in Palestine: arson, destruction of wells and pipelines, and murder. Then as now, they were part of the apparatus of "Arab liberation." It was with the active propaganda and financial support of the Nazis and Fascists that Haj Amin El Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem and Nazi propagandist, advocated mass murder of the Jews. Ahmed Shukeiri, present head of the so-called Palestine Liberation Organization, is a large landowner, an unmistakable heir of the revanchist chauvinism of the pro-Nazi Arab, who dares to proclaim himself leader of a national liberation struggle and offer "support" to the Vietnamese Liberation Front.

    One day the head of the reactionary Syrian delegation to the United Nations, another day leader of the Saudi Arabian delegation , on yet another day he heads "guerrilla war" against Israel, a war against individual citizens, with "guerrillas" who never dare attack a military force, a "guerrilla force" which is, in fact, not a guerrilla force at all but a band of mercenaries in the pay of a foreign power, Egypt.
  5. The Detroit Jewish News, May 26, 1967. "Fear for Israel May Avert Third World War". By Philip Slomovitz. ... To have permitted him to function, while he was threatening the United States with an alliance with the Vietcong, was viewed by many as a grave danger. Now Shukeiri and his PLO have come home to roost—and they could well instigate the Arab peoples who are unaware of the existing dangers to involve Israel and the entire free world in a third world conflict.