PHUNG HAUNG DONG TIEN
HISTORY OF PHOENIX
On February 6, 1976 on WTTG-TV, a
program called Panorama was aired and who better than Maury Povich
to interview/interrogate William Colby, then director of the Central
In his opening statement, Povich
said that critics of the Vietnam War would say that a murderer was
loose in Vietnam. His name was William Colby and he was at the top
of a program called "Phoenix," in which no more torturous, no more
nefarious, no more wicket program could there have been than the
Phoenix program. Villagers were murdered and tortured under the
guise of infiltration of the Vietcong cadres.
Now with the above paragraph in
mind, first tell me why a man would want to prove that he was part
of that program, other than to educate, why would he want his family
to know, no matter how it was disguised? How could a man explain
that things happen to scar and twist a man until he thinks that he
never will believe in anything again, that there's no evil he
wouldn't commit to survive? Then he goes beyond it.
After all these years, with the
advent of the ability to communicate with your fingertips anywhere
in the world, no longer are secrets able to remain secrets. Those
who once, when confronted with violence, stated, I have a black belt
in karate, don't fool with me, now hide behind initials on web
sites. There will be no good that will come of this, but maybe years
from now, and probably not too many years, my son might understand
when those seeking to change history to suit there own egos attempt
to challenge his fathers image. I would never allow my family to
think me a fool, or worse, a liar.
I will write this as if some clown
cornered my son and tried to destroy my image, his respect for me.
One day "Striped Moons" might find it's way to book form and then
possibly reasoning can be better understood.
It's funny, rather pathetic, but
normal for humankind to read a book, watch TV, be exposed to the
covert activities of many different types of people and never
require proof of the information. They will accept the fact of those
covert operation, be impressed by the mystic, be excited and
entertained by the fact that so many things can be accomplished
without written or proven documentation of the deeds completed under
the guise of being covert, yet when exposed to it in real life,
refuse to accept the possibility of it happening.