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[This article is reprinted from Peking Review , Vol. 9, #6, Feb. 4, 1966, pp. 8-9.]
THE Johnson Administration has resumed its savage bombing of north Vietnam after completing its war expansion deployment.
Nobody was surprised at this action by U.S. imperialism. Clear-sighted people saw through Washington’s “peace offensive” long ago as nothing but a smokescreen to cover up the further expansion of its war of aggression in Vietnam. it was only a matter of time before the whole scheme was revealed. Now, by its own action, the Johnson Administration has completely exposed its “peace talks” fraud which it tried so hard to sell.
Long ago Comrade Mao Tse-tung pointed out: “When we say ‘imperialism is ferocious,’ we mean that its nature will never change, that the imperialists will never lay down their butcher knives, that they will never become Buddhas, till their doom.” Today, the developments in the Vietnam situation once again prove this truth.
Simultaneous with the resumption of its bombing of north Vietnam, the Johnson Administration has launched “five major operations” in south Vietnam to expand its war of aggression in Vietnam still further. The hideous features of the aggressors have once again been fully brought to light. U.S. imperialism is the biggest hypocrite and butcher of our times.
The heroic Vietnamese people have been well tempered and steeled in their long years of struggle against imperialist aggression. They are neither frightened by the U.S. imperialist colossus, nor are they taken in by the honeyed words of the Johnson Administration. As soon as Washington’s “peace talks” fraud was trotted out, the Vietnamese people sternly exposed it for what it was and stood waiting in full battle array, ready to give the aggressors a firm rebuff. The first day the Johnson Administration resumed its bombing, the people of north Vietnam shot down five enemy planes. This fresh victory of the Vietnamese people is a forceful punishment for the U.S. aggressors.
The resumption of bombing shows that U.S. imperialism is at the end of a blind alley on the question of Vietnam and that it is vainly hoping that it can get out of its difficulties by expanding the war. However, this can only bring about a bigger defeat for the U.S. aggressors. No matter how the Johnson Administration may struggle, it cannot change the situation that the Vietnamese people will win and U.S. imperialism will be defeated.
Since U.S. imperialism is determined to fight a large-scale war in Vietnam, what should the peoples of the world do? There can be only one answer from them: Resolutely support the Vietnamese people and completely defeat the U.S. aggressors! The Chinese people have always stood together with the Vietnamese people. To whatever extent U.S. imperialism may expand the war and whatever may be the price we have to pay, we will resolutely support the Vietnamese people in their struggle against U.S. aggression and for national salvation to the end, until this struggle wins final victory.
(“Renmin Ribao” editorial, February 1.)
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