By Noam Chomsky
This can be a facsimile reproduction of Noam Chomsky's iconic anti-war book.
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New canals are being dug and pineapples are under cultivation. The VC also have a relocation program for younger families. These areas coincide with the areas just outside the planned GVN sphere of interest. Unless the USOM/GVN activities exhibit 'it. more qualitative basis [sic], there is little likelihood of changing tile present attitudes of the people. For example, in one area only five kilometers from the province capital, the people refused medical assistance offered by AR VN medics. However, all is not lost.
This problem, bf course, is one that presents itself to us. " Although this "free election ... will still lea,ye ·unrepresented those who are fighting under the banner of (hi'!. ,e must, after all, understand that no institutionin the real \V()rl~.. ••. can be perfect. " Putting aside the remarkable naivete regarding the forthcoming elections, what is striking is the implicit assumption that we have a right to continue our efforts to restructure the South Vietnamese government, in the interests of what we determine to be Vietnamese nationalism.
As to the Dai Viet, "Dai Viet membership included leading Vietnamese figures and governmental officials who viewed Japan as a suitable model for Vietnam (N. B. fascist Japan]. The organization never made any particular obeisance either to democracy or to the rank-and-file Vietnamese. It probably never numbered more than 1,000 members and did not consider itself a mass-based organization. " It organized "the rural population through. the instrument of self-control-victory by means. 'a sense of community, first, by developing a pattern of politisal thought and behavior appropriate to the social problems of the rural Vietnamese village in the midst of sharp social cha~g~ and, second, by providing a basis for group action that allowed the individual villager to see that his own efforts could have meaning and effect" (obviously, a skilled and I AMERICAN POWER AND THE NEW MANDARINS enemy).