Hanoi Baghdad Jihad Jane (JJ)


J. D. Pendry


"The image of Jane Fonda, Barbarella, Henry Fonda's daughter...sitting on an enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal...the largest lapse of judgment that I can even imagine," – Jane Fonda on 60 Minutes April 3, 2005


In the United States in August of 1972 if you flipped on the AM radio, which in those days still played popular music, you'd likely hear Gilbert O'Sullivan singing Alone Again (Naturally), the Three Dog Night singing Black and White or Mac Davis’ Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me.


A 19-year-old soldier lucky enough to have down time from patrolling the jungle, sitting in his sandbag reinforced hooch way inside the concertina wire somewhere in South Vietnam, might have heard this coming from Radio Hanoi.  This is Jane Fonda, during my two week trip to Vietnam…”  While sipping hot beer and longing for the day when he boarded the freedom bird, he was blessed with the voice of a cultural elitist.  A privileged, rich, American glorifying his enemy while characterizing him as a murderer.  Never mind that he knew what the Viet Cong were capable of doing and often did to the people of a village that might befriend Americans.  ….” read Vietnamese history, particularly their poetry, and particularly the poetry written by Ho Chi Minh.


To think that only yesterday
I was cheerful, bright and gay.
Looking forward to well wouldn’t do
The role I was about to play
But as if to knock me down
Reality came around
And without so much, as a mere touch
Cut me into little pieces

Leaving me to doubt – Gilbert O’Sullivan, Alone Again (Naturally)

Yes Jane, the poetry of Uncle Ho - that’s what he needed.  When he arrived home, a disillusioned war scarred teenager, you welcomed him with chants of baby killer.  Instead of helping him recover from the scars of war, thanking him for his service and welcoming him back home, you plied him with guilt.  Too often, he turned toward drugs and alcohol seeking the comfort he didn’t get from you.  He often didn’t come back from his self-doubt.  You stole his youth; you stole his glory; you stole his service to his country.  For that, you’re proud.  For a picture, you’re sorry.


Talk about God and His mercy
Or if He really does exist
Why did He desert me in my hour of need
I truly am indeed Alone again, naturally


Just to make sure you really know who Jihad Jane is and you’re not taken in by her latest public relations campaign:


On Nov. 21, 1970 she told a University of Michigan audience of some 2,000 students,”If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist”.  At Duke University in North Carolina she repeated what she had said in Michigan, adding “I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.”  The Washington Times - By Bruce Herschensohn, July 8, 2000  


Jihad Jane had plenty of allies in those days.  The Vietnam Veterans against the War, a group of which many were complete frauds, received funding from her.  I’m sure you’ve heard of their well known spokesman, John Kerry.  Who by the way is a protégé of Ted Kennedy’s from then until now.  It’s important to know that the people who would be running our country are close allies in action and ideology to Jihad Jane.


JJ was quite apologetic recently about her photo opportunities in Vietnam.  That was preceding the release of her book and movie - another Hollywood socialist benefactor of capitalism.  Now that both the book and movie have fizzled, she’s reverting to her old reliable, Soldier hating, America hating and treasonous self.


Girl, you're gettin' that look in your eyes

And it's startin' to worry me- Mac Davis, Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me


In a veggie oil powered bus, Hanoi Jane plans to become Jihad Jane – an Al-Jazzeera cover girl.  I’m coming out”, she says, and bringing with her a “lot of baggage” from her Hanoi Jane days.  JJ, please give some thought to the route you’ll take, and who accompanies you on your trip.  Let me offer some suggestions that’ll make the tour a hit with Soldiers and Veterans:


This time, instead of posing with the enemy on a gun emplacement, I suggest that you find a nice Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) on which to sit.  Hey, here’s a thought.  We can turn your bus into one.  This idea I’m sure will be popular with Soldiers and Veterans.  We’ll sell them lottery tickets to see who gets to dial the cell phone number to your bus’ IED.


For your route, I suggest Hollywood, New York city and San Francisco.  In those places, you’ll draw sympathetic crowds and media.  Avoid my neck of the woods; although we have plenty we’d like to share with you, most of it is in the form of rotten produce.  You’ll need an entourage.  Why not have Terezza mother the group.  She’s a fine role model.  Of course, you’ll have to include Teddy.  Make sure to stock the liquor cabinet and bring the life preservers and snorkeling gear.  Just for kicks, I’d add Michael Moore.  He can document the trip for you.  He’s as good with the truth as you are.  If you bring him and Teddy, you’ll need to make sure the veggie bus has heavy duty suspension.  On the bright side, if the bus runs out of fuel, I’m certain you can squeeze a few gallons of French fry grease out of Mike.  Bring along Commando Kerry, he connects so well with veterans and just for kicks, toss in a washed up old hippie band and a bale of pot.  It’ll be like old times.


Some potential good may come from your trip.  The manufacturers of Hanoi Jane Urinal Targets will likely see an upsurge in demand for their product.  I think I’ll invest some of my military retirement check with one of them.


"I can't go into any detail except to say that it's going to be pretty exciting," she said.  Yep, Jane, I’m thinking it just might be.


The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and then by night
– Three Dog Night, Black and White