Tom Hayden meets former diplomat Cao Xuan Nha who used to welcome foreign visitors to Vietnam during the “American War”.

Hotel Metropole Hanoi book cover‘The gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened as we recently found out.  Now the ones who made up that story and lied to the American public should be called “traitors”, not Tom Hayden, Jane Fonda, and Joan Baez.’
Los Angeles Times, from “Comments” to this articel of Tom Hayden (“Tom” Hayden (1939) is an American social and political activist, author, and politician, who is director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California. Known best for his major role as an anti-war, civil rights and radical activist, Hayden is the former husband of actress Jane Fonda and the father of their son, actor Troy Garity.

Buried history in Hanoi

Forty years after the Paris peace agreement, the city — and the country — bear reminders of the war.

By Tom Hayden, January 20, 2013Out beyond the swank poolside bar at Hanoi’s Metropole hotel, which I visited last month, a gated entrance opens onto a dark set of stairs. At the bottom is a dank and musty bomb shelter, and, for those who can read Vietnamese, a sign in golden lettering explaining that Joan Baez and Jane Fonda once took refuge there.I did too, though not at the same time they did.I was a 25-year-old antiwar activist when I travelled to Hanoi in December 1965. I was working as a community organizer in Newark, N.J., and it angered me that President Johnson was drafting thousands of young Americans for a ground war he had promised not to launch when he campaigned in 1964. I felt certain the war in Vietnam would be the end of the war on poverty.The U.S. government didn’t allow Americans to visit Hanoi at that point, …  more (you will reach the article in the San Francisco Times by clicking.