Why the Viet Nam Anti-War Movement's Work Is Not Yet Done
Most US citizens these days don’t consider Viet Nam at all. Of those who do, many believe that all is well. And in some ways it is. Viet Nam has normal diplomatic relations with the US, belongs to the World Trade Organization, accepts investment by US based multi-national corporations and is allied with US foreign policy on some geopolitical issues including concerns over China’s intentions regarding “disputed” territory in the South China Sea.
My brother's name, Joseph Ledesma, is on the Sons of San JosÃ© Memorial Wall. My family and I would like the public to know that Joey was not a hero for dying in Vietnam. He was a victim of that war, as was our family.
He IS a hero for the son he was to my parents, the big brother he was to his siblings, and the dedicated and loyal friend he was to many. He was the leader of our neighborhood and lettered in three sports at Buchser High School in Santa Clara. He didn't die because he fought defending our freedom. He died because he was lied to. Our family was lied to. All of America was lied to about the pretext to go to a full-scale war in Vietnam. Decades later, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara admitted that the Gulf of Tonkin incident (the pretext) was fabricated. Our family is grateful that the anti- war movement helped to put pressure on Washington and reveal the truth about the senseless killing that was tearing our families and country apart.