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Politicians Sink to a New Low:
Congress considers PNTR for Communist Vietnam
John Patrick Kusumi, Lian Shengde and NoManZero

PNTR for Communist Vietnam is the worst idea to come
down the pike since PNTR for Communist China. The
Vietnamese version of PNTR is vulnerable to many of
the same charges as were applicable to Chinese PNTR.
"Welfare for tyrants." "Communist appeasement."
"Enriching communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs."
There are flawed and faulty economics that underlie
and underpin PNTR. PNTR does not stand on a strong
foundation - rather instead, PNTR is a house of cards
built on a foundation of swiss cheese.

Those who would globalize free trade may have won some
votes in Congress; but, they lose when the playing
field is a fair debate. They fail to persuade us that
PNTR is better than "swiss cheese economics," and a
kick in the nuts for America.

Your authors are veterans of the cause that fights for
freedom in Communist China. Also, we have stood and
campaigned with Vietnamese as well as Chinese
dissidents. Those groups seek to end totalitarian
persecution in their homelands. -In both cases, a
Communist Party rules their homeland. China and
Vietnam have two brutal, totalitarian regimes that
persecute their people, deny political freedom, press
freedom, freedom of religion, and run sweatshops
featuring forced, slave labor. Their catalogs of human
rights abuses go on and on.

We have had this fight before. Six years ago was the
fight against granting PNTR, permanent normal trade
status, to Communist China. At that time, proponents
of PNTR sugar-coated it by promising, "trade will
bring freedom." -By now, there has come to be an
actual track record to PNTR (the Chinese version). The
record is dismal and ruinous. Trade did not bring
freedom; rather instead, human rights abuses escalated
in Communist China. (Any salesmen and pitchmen for
PNTR are challenged because we can now point to China
and ask, "Okay - they now have PNTR trade; where's the
freedom that was advertised with PNTR?")

Far from bringing freedom, PNTR brought with it
ballooning trade deficits. Under PNTR, the U.S. trade
deficit with Communist China shot up from $86 billion
to $202 billion. For some Americans, the trade deficit
may seem a meaningless figure, but to discerning eyes,
we see that it is a fire hose of money, going from
here to there. That sum drains out of the U.S.
economy, and pours into the Chinese economy. The trade
deficit is a gravy train for communists, dictators,
tyrants, and thugs.

When we fought PNTR once before, it crossed the
following issues: Freedom, human rights, democracy,
and overall, the tyranny issue; trade deficits, jobs,
wages, the strength of the dollar, inflation, the cost
of living, the U.S. industrial base, the arsenal of
democracy (U.S. manufacturing capacity), and overall,
the U.S. economy; American power -and, national
security. Conceptually, PNTR for Vietnam is no
different than PNTR for China, meaning that the same
issues are crossed once again. All of the issues,
matters, and concerns above were weakened, getting the
short end of the stick, in China PNTR. America got a
kick in the nuts at that occasion, and to do the same
now with Vietnam will give America another kick in the

PNTR for China is an abysmal failure! The U.S. House
and Senate should not be reaching for more of the
same, confident that their failed approach with China
is good for Vietnam. Far from it, the U.S. House and
Senate should be passing the measures, introduced in
Congress, that would revoke and remove PNTR from
China. After the first PNTR fight, your authors cannot
be fooled again. Rather instead, we have perfected our
case against PNTR. It is intellectually indefensible,
brain dead, and DOA (dead on arrival) here. The
earlier PNTR was an obscenity, and to suggest it for
Vietnam is an obscenity raised to an obscene power.

As a regime, Vietnam's may be even more noxious and
objectionable than China's in perceptions of average
Americans. They may find it to be less savory, less
sympathetic, less worthy and less deserving, due to
our experience of the Vietnam War. -That regime killed
58,000 Americans! Ask any group of Vietnam veterans
how betrayed they feel. They fought against the
regime, not for its enrichment, while PNTR is like
candy placed into the hands of the regime. America was
profoundly taken in the lopsided deal with China. Six
years ago, Communists could be laughing all the way to
the bank. If Congress seals this new deal,
Communists-this time, North Vietnamese Communists-can
again be laughing all the way to the bank.

Any Americans who care about the war veterans should
be more than highly offended - they should be lit with
outrage. This deal may entail a gut, visceral reaction
of revulsion, and a rising chorus of Americans against
the deal. The textile industry has already reflected
that type of opposition, as have Vietnam veterans,
Vietnamese dissidents, and Chinese dissidents. We
expect that once again, they will be joined by
Catholics, unions, human rights groups, and the
manufacturing industry - those who went on record once
before against PNTR.

Congress and some in the news media expediently forget
that America is an anti-communist country. China is
not Most Favored in this Nation. At the end of day,
neither is Vietnam. Congress should reject this deal
out of hand. We stand firmly against it, and we will
continue our brand of activism against this and other
egregiously bad ideas in American policy. Consider
this message to be a call for coverage. If you can
help to move the story along, please do so. You are
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Otherwise, please call your Congressman to protest
against this. No PNTR for Vietnam, a regime with blood
soaked hands that continues the torture and
persecution even today! The sheer enormity of the
human misery, being suffered in Vietnam, is
unconscionable; as is the act of giving aid and
comfort to such a despotic regime - at the expense of
American workers! For that matter, urge your
Congressman to cancel and revoke PNTR from Communist
China. We have recently learned that they keep Falun
Gong prisoners for "just-in-time" execution to harvest
their organs for profitable transplants. This "human
harvesting" fully merits the revocation of Chinese
PNTR, and counts as a genocidal crime against

As this debate proceeds, watch for those spin doctors
who defend the indefensible. There will be those who
will once again chirp, "Don't worry - be happy" about
trade with Vietnam and China. It is as if they have
looked at Vietnam and said, "Hey - you've got
sweatshops? We want 'in' to make use of them!" And,
they must be impressed with how China is "monetizing"
Falun Gong persecution.

There is a special place reserved for such spin
doctors in the forthcoming book, Genocidal
Correctness. (The "GC" in America's spin class spin on
behalf of communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs.)
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan would have none of
communist appeasement. In the interval since his
leaving office, we regret that standards of America's
spin class have sunk to being bent, craven, and
depraved on a routine basis with the trade issue.

Lian Shengde, Executive Director of the Free China
Movement, adds that he is "all against PNTR given to
any totalitarian regime including the case of
Communist Vietnam.

"America is proving to be on the wrong side of history
again, this time with its intent to provide
unconditional PNTR for Communist Vietnam. There would
be two effects in this known course of action-to
enrich the dictatorship on the top in Vietnam, and to
impoverish the people further at the middle and bottom
of America.

"We have stated clearly that America has started to
lose its greatness as a nation supporting freedom and
justice. After the Cold War it's on the wrong side of
history, be the matter in the case of PNTR for Red
China or next in Communist Vietnam. A great nation
will fall because of its shortsighted policy which
will sacrifice the long term welfare of its own while
making the corporate Americans richer more expediently
in the short run."


- About the authors -

John Patrick Kusumi's first two claims to fame were as
the one time 18-year-old U.S. presidential candidate
(1984), and then as the founding Director of the China
Support Network (CSN, ྕ), the grass roots American
response to China's atrocity of the Tiananmen Square
massacre. Politically pacing the Chinese democracy
movement, Kusumi and the CSN were ardent and vocal
campaigners against PNTR for Communist China. Kusumi
devoted a chapter of his book, Origins, to the
faultiness of China trade, and another chapter to the
China threat. See, and His next book will fault the
U.S. news media for Genocidal Correctness.

Lian Shengde was a student leader among Chinese
college students in 1989's Tiananmen Square uprising.
After the massacre of June 4, 1989, he was captured
and put in prison. He spent roughly two years as a
political prisoner. In 1994, he arrived in exile in
the United States. In 1998, he was a founder of the
Free China Movement (FCM), an umbrella organization in
the Chinese democracy movement. He now serves as FCM's
Executive Director. He has extensive relationships
with the China Democracy Party, the Chinese Republican
Party, and the Party for Freedom and Democracy in
China. The story of his life was made into a movie,
Freedom Fighter (Yellow Cat Productions).

NoManZero is this decade's Rush, ZZ Top, and Pink
Floyd all rolled into one. A modern rock band out of
Connecticut, they responded to CSN by writing two
songs, 'Remember Tiananmen Square' and 'Bye Bye CCP.'
Discovered by New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV),
their music videos have been broadcast to 200 million
Chinese viewers on four continents via the satellites
used by NTDTV. NoManZero began rockin' for Vietnamese
freedom by playing opposite the White House, at a June
2005 rally (with Wei Jingsheng) as Vietnam's prime
minister visited the U.S.. See
Their forthcoming album, Global Warning, is due out in
July 2006.

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