July 19, 1969 Page 9.
The Swedish government has never advocated a righteous Vietnam policy.
Sometimes we are allowed to hear some beautiful government words. But in
practice the government has often supported the U.S. imperialism
directly. Therefore we must increase our support to the NLF and combat
In a speech January 18, 1965, the Swedish foreign minister Torsten
Nilsson said: "We miss the suppositions to judge safely if the American
tactics conduct the raised objectives."
Which were the tactics? Continued murdering and escalation of the
aggression in Vietnam. The objectives? The U.S. government talked about
peace and lied about "aggression from the North". Why should "we" not be
able to "judge" and condemn this?
"In the Vietnam conflict it is hard to determine to what degree the
participants have support for their activity in international treaties
and folkjudical rules."
What does Torsten Nilsson mean by "activity"? The U.S "activity" was an
aggressive war and the "activity" of the Vietnamese was a defense
struggle. Which international treaties and folkjudical rules support an
aggressive war and condemn resistance fight?
"The thing that has upset the Swedish public most during recent months
are the increasing number of testimonies about terror and mass reprisals
used by both sides in Vietnam. The government shares the Swedish
people's disgust for terror activities and reprisal methods, however
they are motivated."
Torsten Nilsson does not distinguish between aggressor and victim. Did
the "terror and mass reprisals" used by e.g. the Norwegian resistance
fighters against the Nazi occupants and their Norwegian puppets during
the Second World War also disgust the Swedish minister of foreign
affairs? Victims of aggression always have the rights to defend
themselves with all possible means.
This was only three short quotations from the minister of foreign
affairs in 1965. But they show clearly the government's attitude in
basic questions: it refuses consistently to take a stand against the US
imperialists aggressive war and for the Vietnamese just resistance
struggle. This implies nothing else but a support to the United States.
And those that have given their wholehearted support to the NLF-- the
Vietnam demonstrators--have been condemned in reactionary statement.
About 200 have been sentenced to pay fines. Recently a NLF activist was
sentenced to jail. December 20, 1967 in Stockholm the police, blessed by
the government attacked a demonstration for support to the NLF, Many
The government tried as long as possible to stop the Russel Tribunal
from being held in Sweden--the same Tribunal that demasked many US war
crimes in Vietnam. Prime Minister Tage Erlander said that the Tribunal
did not further peace in Vietnam.
The government helps make the US imperialist policy possible by
supporting the US dollar, which has been weakened by the same
imperialist policy: military bases all over the world, military support
to dozens of reactionary regimes, etc.
The government even refuses to give a statement about SENTAB and other
Swedish enterprises, that give direct support to the US war in South
The government refuses to give asylum to the Vietnam War Refusers
seeking refuge in Sweden. In this way it "escapes" taking a stand to the
All these acts against the Vietnamese people's struggle have been
blended with halfhearted statements supporting the NLF, The government
have swayed to and fro in the Vietnam question since 1965. Its last
"stand" was taken in the parliament foreign affairs debate recently.
Torsten Nilsson then informed that the Swedish government will present
the DRV with fertilizers worth 10 million Swedish Kronor. He "hoped"
that South Vietnam would be included in the aid program, "but as long as
the bombing goes in South Vietnam it is useless to give any help".
Also now Torsten Nilsson refuses to take any stand. The bombs do not
fall by themselves. For years they have been dropped at the command of
the U.S. imperialists. But the government pretends knowing nothing about
Thus we can see that the government now as before conducts a means.
policy of support to the US imperialists. Of course the government has
taken some positive stands; the recognition of the DRV, permission for
the NLF information office in Stockholm. But these decisions were not
taken by the government on its own initiative; it has been forced by the
firm public opinion.
We cannot expect the government to act differently in the future.
Therefore we must continue the work for solidarity with the Vietnamese
people and increase the support to the NLF.
The United NLF-groups of Sweden
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