Jane Fonda repeats that she is terribly sorry about sitting in that anti-aircraft gun during her shameful Hanoi trip:
“I made one unforgivable mistake when I was in North Vietnam, and I will go to my grave with this,” Jane Fonda says on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The actress and activist made an infamous trip to North Vietnam in 1972 where she was photographed singing with members of the North Vietnamese military as she sat on an anti-aircraft gun.
As stupid as that was, it's just a minor facet of her overall crime of embracing a monstrous regime.
Ho Chi Minh was not simply a nationalist, he was a murderous communist who founded and ruled a totalitarian state. He didn't do that by winning elections over his opponents, he had them slaughtered by the thousands and then imposed his will on the people. He used the fanatical and barbaric Viet Cong to slaughter and terrorize the peasants of South Vietnam by the tens of thousands until the VC were finally crushed after the Tet offensive, itself a massive war crime from the North.
And Jane Fonda kissed his ass.
I'm well aware of the crimes and faults of the South Vietnamese regimes, but Fonda and friends magnified those to an extreme while being willfully blind and even apologetic toward the atrocities by and for North Vietnam.
One side in that war offered the flaws and hopes of freedom and democracy. The other offered subservience to one-party rule and a soul crushing police state.
Fonda and friends chose the latter, and no amount of remorse over some petty act can cover up the shame and sin of that.