LETTERS

LETTERS Urban glitter I want to congratulate The Progressive for the January 1979 issue and in particular the special report and articles concerning "Urban Renaissance the Reality Beneath the...

...He and they may also ' wallow in guilt if they wish, but I suspect that that half of our citizenry who already knew the dangers and opposed that terrible war, often at extreme personal sacrifice, feel insulted by his remarks...
...Allman's conclusions omit the fact that Newark as judged by a recent House Committee report is the poorest city among the forty-five most populated cities of our nation from the social and economic viewpoint...
...Refugees have also reported that many of those released from reeducation camps are now being forced to return because of the war with Cambodia and internal strife...
...The last of the centers will be closed soon...
...After World War II there were two major threats to the United States, whether real or created the Soviets and Chinese...
...Those who have recently escaped from Vietnam report that new prisons have hastily been built and other buildings have been converted into prisons...
...For he ignores all of the victims of communist oppression in the world today one and a half million in Cambodia, thirty million in China, and twenty million in Russia...
...would like to see China cause more trouble for the Soviets, and U.S...
...For in the Soviet Union, any additional burdens on the economy to prepare for or defend against war could be devastating in the long run...
...Ann McCoy Brevard, North Carolina Kempton The remarks by Murray Kempton that appeared in your January 1979 issue concerning the possible deportation of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan should not pass unchallenged...
...Certainly it was not bombed, although everything else in the vicinity was fairly well demolished...
...Furthermore, Hoang Tung, a member of the SRV Communist Party and chief editor of the Hanoi newspaper Nhan Dan, told French reporter Jean Pierre Gallois on November 29, 1978, that, because of border tensions, those undergoing "reeducation" could not be freed...
...The poor are being shoved out but this is not the story followed by the media...
...The Chinese went into seclusion so only "the Russians are coming" was heard for many years...
...If it means pressuring the Soviets to relax their repression of human rights, Carter will surely use his new leverage in that area...
...This group, to the surprise of no one, is the most politically powerful and organized subsector of the labor force and the group most difficult to ignore...
...With poison gas, napalm, and aerial bombs dropped over their villages, their wells poisoned, livestock killed, and crops destroyed, it was recently estimated in a report in The Times of London, October 6, 1978, that, in a period of two weeks, 1,500 Hmong people, many of them women and children, had been murdered in Laos...
...must know that economic and technological improvement is tied directly into military power...
...You say that if Paul Douglas qualified for FBI surveillance then no man, woman, or child was immune...
...He writes of the national hypocrisy and arrogance of our involvement in Vietnam, but weren't he and liberals of his stripe partly responsible for our fiasco there...
...No wonder justice blinked during the trials of these internationally connected industrialists...
...The desire to refute the outlandish predictions made by our government during the war is certainly understandable...
...Weren't there alternatives in 1964 to either Johnson or Goldwater...
...The latter two articles are about the so-called renaissance of Newark, a city in which I am now pastor of two working-class churches...
...We are receiving many requests for reprints especially for classroom use and distribution by peace organizations...
...This principle certainly should apply to alien war criminals, Kempton's tolerance of "licensed" murderers notwithstanding...
...North Carolina I am writing to refute in part the suppositions that Murray Kempton made in the January 1979 issue of The Progressive...
...Unlike the familiar, fragmented groups still searching for and demanding justice in the work place youth, older workers, minorities, and women prime age workers are predominantly white and male...
...Ellen Burton New York, New York Amazed Your amazement, expressed in the February "Comment," that Paul Douglas qualified for FBI surveillance amazes me...
...defense planners and contractors will probably shout for joy because many more dollars already wasted in "defense" spending will be channeled through the Pentagon...
...We now can (and will) take advantage of China's revised policies to make the split between Peking and the Soviets ever more apparent...
...David Konkol Sparta, Wisconsin One of the most readable articles you have published recently is "The Battle of Marquette Park," by Rasa Gustaitis in your January issue...
...I'm sure that prospect will be frightening to the Soviets...
...It is a sad, even depressing report but told with warmth and understanding...
...Communism, fascism, and nazism all have taken a terrible toll of human life and the terrible irony is that the press does not realize that we did not learn from Dachau, and the holocaust continues on an even greater scale...
...On June 10, 1976 (two and a half years ago) the SRV announced that all but 5 per cent had been released...
...This certainly sounds familiar...
...likes the role of middleman in the tension between Moscow and Peking...
...Market Knies San Jose, California (More letters on Page 62) Memo Richard Barnet's analysis of the nuclear arms race, "Ultimate Terrorism," which appeared as the lead article in the February issue, is drawing a strong response from readers...
...Reprints are now on the press and may be ordered at the same quantity-discount prices listed for other reprints on the inside front cover of this issue...
...Why were Kempton and the liberals so gullible...
...For what might seem to be a noble gesture in trying to warm up to the Chinese may prove to be damaging to the stability of world peace unless we all play our cards right...
...What you describe so well already happened to the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., is taking place on Capitol Hill today, and is also the case in the South End of Boston and the Society Hill section of Philadelphia near the Delaware River...
...K.R...
...In fact, it was pressure generated by this group in the early 1960s and again during the most recent recession (when unemployment levels in their ranks reached "unacceptable" levels) which was most responsible for the scope of our current national manpower efforts...
...In addition to the original detainees are the many prisoners who have been arrested for their thoughts and opinions...
...However, this does not mean we should harden our hearts toward those who are persecuted by the "liberated" regimes of Indochina today...
...Don't you think you should say "is" and accept the fact that the answer is yes...
...Meanwhile there has been a spate of articles about the glories in urban renewal by T.D...
...I have hope that when opportunities for advancement become so limited as to begin to seriously reduce the expectations of twenty-four- to fifty-four-year-old white men, then their demands for greater ancillary benefits, unrelated to upward mobility, will increase...
...apparently they had great faith in our ability to achieve pinpoint bombing and knew that by agreement the Farben building would not be hit...
...When I lived in Germany, it was common knowledge that during air raids on Frankfurt people in the vicinity would head not for the bomb shelters but for the grounds of Farben's headquarters...
...I refer to 1964, when Barry Goldwater ran against Lyndon Johnson...
...The 1976 penal code of the SRV envisages penalties of up to ten years imprisonment for "carrying out deformed propaganda...
...There have been a number of newspaper articles about this campaign, yet no mass movement of protest has been initiated on behalf of these and other people persecuted in Indochina today...
...Beside such numbers the six million in Germany pales by comparison...
...Now the "Red Tide" can be revived as well, which will have innumerable negative effects on society...
...And if laws that attempt to control the excesses of the "enforcer" are "mere pious writ," with what would Kempton suggest they be replaced...
...It has the human touch of live people to give spark to an ethnic community struggle within a big city...
...He chose to quote an analyst who was concerned that among the social consequences created by the "glut of prime age workers" will be the lessening of appeal for "exhortations for social justice____"I disagree...
...Paul Demler Jamestown, New York Justice blinked Readers who approach The Crime and Punishment of I.G...
...Efforts for a shorter workweek and broader health insurance coverage, for example, will intensify...
...China wants to become more of a power broker in the world...
...The unforeseen effects will have many more in an uproar later...
...In Saigon, this would include the Dai Nam Hotel, which now holds 2,000 prisoners, and the former Long Thanh Orphanage, which now holds 5,000 prisoners...
...Irwin Brownstein Brooklyn, New York Viet repression Roger Gale of the American Friends Service Committee, in his article about Vietnam in The Progressive, December 1978, informed us that an official of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) "says only 2 or 3 per cent of those originally sent to reeducation centers are still under detention and considered recalcitrant...
...Carter's decision already has many in an uproar...
...Allman in a recent issue of Harper's, in the January 1979 issue of the New Jersey Monthly, and in last week's issue of In These Times...
...Ellen Tripp Winston-Salem, North Carolina Irony of Dachau Milton Mayer's article on Dachau, "A Suburb of Munich," in the February issue, makes a monkey of the justice to which The Progressive supposedly aspires...
...Please address orders, including payment, to The Progressive, 408 West Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703, attention of Nancy Denholtz...
...Gale also claims that there has been no "bloodbath" in the South...
...Other detainees have been shifted to harsher camps in the North where the cold and lack of food and medical care are said to have resulted in a high death rate...
...Red Tide' The article by Beau Grosscup on "Peking's New Imperialism" in the December 1978 issue was an excellent lead-in for President Carter's announcement to normalize relations with Peking...
...However, the Soviets (and the U.S...
...David S. Burgess Upper Montclair, New Jersey In your January issue James Besser, in his article, " 'Gentrifying' the Ghetto," paints a less than cheerful portrait of the American worker in the next decade...
...I feel that Kempton and liberals like him have been far too smug in their perceptions about what America did in Vietnam while they've conveniently forgotten their own roles in promoting our debacle in Southeast Asia...
...Kempton and liberals like him swallowed Johnson's rhetoric completely...
...This and other repressive legislation enacted by the SRV is in violation of Article 11 of the Paris Peace Agreements, a treaty which the Hanoi government claimed to be enforcing in the spring offensive of 1975...
...Therefore, if you reveal my words to anyone, through publication or whatever, please use only my initials...
...LETTERS Urban glitter I want to congratulate The Progressive for the January 1979 issue and in particular the special report and articles concerning "Urban Renaissance the Reality Beneath the Glitter...
...Furthermore, Kempton seems surprised that murder was illegal under South Viet-¦namese law, or is he suggesting that because "South Vietnam" no longer exists, murderer Loan should be free to roam our streets...
...and that the Carter budget cuts will result not only in the dismissal of hundreds of teachers and city employes but may culminate in a city-wide strike affecting the schools, fire department, police department, and City Hall employes of many categories...
...In fact, a literal bloodbath has developed in the mountainous regions of northern Laos, where SRV and Pathet Lao troops have been waging a campaign of intensive warfare against the Hmong people...
...The U.S...
...that much of the urban renewal in this city forces the poor to vacate...
...The Americans that I know generally insist that those in our own government and armed forces who are found to be criminals be brought to justice...
...Le Van Duyet prison, for example, whose four-by-eight-meter cells used to hold up to thirty-five prisoners each, are now said to contain more than fifty, with the prisoners taking turns sleeping...
...The religion of the Twentieth Century is politics, not Christianity, which has no influence in the society in which we live...
...Wouldn't you wonder about anyone you describe as "a superpatriot" and "unreconstructed Cold Warrior" who supported the Vietnam war but hated corrupt politicians and corporate power...
...Since justice is often slow iq coming in a democracy such as ours, this murderer may be amongst us for some time...
...Who besides Kempton is suggesting that "we" are trying to atone for the crimes committed in Vietnam by deporting this' "monster...
...Stephen R. Denney Portland, Oregon...
...For every increase in China's economic base a corresponding increase will occur in China's ability to wage war...
...Paringaux of Le Monde reported last October from Ho Chi Minh City that the "military authorities appear to be transferring detainees from the camps under their jurisdiction to those run by the prison administration" and that the notorious penitentiaries of the Thieu regime are even more overcrowded today...
...The U.S...
...On the other hand, R.P...
...Not fully understanding the series of events which have led up to Carter's announcement, it does, however, seem clear to me that China must be playing their game on, as Grosscup puts it, "American terms...
...Weren't there signs, even then, that Johnson was dissembling on this issue and couldn't be trusted...
...The point is that Farben was not only inextricably involved with the German government but with our industrial-military machine long before the Kennedys came on the scene...
...It must do it with economics...
...He suggests that he himself and others should be grateful to the general for the instruction that they have received concerning "the disasters that national arrogance makes inevitable...
...And perhaps strong unions, including new white-collar organizations, will play an increasingly important role in that struggle...
...Farben should be aware of an important point that may be brought out in Joseph Borkin's book but was not broached in Arthur S. Miller's review in the December 1978 issue of The Progressive...

Vol. 43 • March 1979 • No. 3


 
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