Political Motivation of the Viet Cong

The Vietminh Regroupees

by Joseph Jermiah Zasloff

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An analysis of the social and political forces fundamental in shaping the political attitudes of those South Vietnamese who, as members of the Vietminh Resistance Movement, fought against the French and are now fighting as one of the groups that make up the Viet Cong. The approximately 30,000 regroupees chosen for infiltration of South Vietnam provide military leadership and fill key political positions within the Viet Cong. They consider themselves primarily as Vietnamese patriots, and the war as a continuation of the struggle to free Vietnam from foreign domination, a struggle in which the Americans have replaced the French. Their Communist indoctrination, though focusing on nationalism, asserts that the rrevolution will abolish the exploiting classes and thus achieve economic equality and social justice.

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