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Viet Cong Repression and its Implication for the Future

Author: Hosmer, Stephen T.
Corporate Author: RAND Corporation
Corporate Report Number: R-475/1-ARPA
Date of Publication: 1970-05
Pages: 250
Contract: DAHC15 67 C 0142
Contract: ARPA ORDER NO. 189-1
AD Number: AD0870240

In the conduct of their fundamental strategy of revolutionary warfare, the Vietnamese Communists employ many and diverse instruments, both political and military. Designed to be mutually supporting, these are each focused on but one end: the seizure of political power in the South. The present study deals with one of the major instruments of this strategy, the systematic use of a variety of measures collectively called 'repression,' by which the Communists seek to eliminate, neutralize, and 'reform' their known enemies in the Government of South Vietnam as well as others whom they suspect of being hostile or unsympathetic to their movement. One aim of this Report is to provide a comprehensive account of both the Communist practice of repression in the South and the doctrine supporting it, as they are revealed in the enemy's own documents. A second purpose is to examine some of the implications of these repressive activities and theories for the denouement of the Vietnamese war.

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