Despite all their backing and their treacherous butchery, the Viet-Cong were so thoroughly dominated by our forces that they had to sign off in 1973 on the Paris Peace Treaty as the only way to get us out of there. After that they proved their treachery once again so that as soon as all of us GI's were gone in reliance on the 1973 treaty, also signed by "North Vietnam", they re-invaded the south in 1975 with massive military power provided to them again by international communist assholes.Too bad for them all that communism was subsequently shown to be a demonic failure as a governmental system.
My favorite double-time chant yelled in time with the footsteps at Basic Combat Training is:
IM GOING TO GO TO VIETNAM
IM GOING TO KILL THE VIET-CONG
Phil: I'm will never go to visit a bunch of treaty-breaking communist elites. Don't you know that members of the Viet-Cong are still there pretending to be high government officials? They only time I'm going to go there again is with a military invasion force to invade them from Saigon to Hanoi. All they deserve is total invasion because of their 1973 treaty violation and to free the people of Vietnam who are again suffering under tyrannical communism.
"Cong" is used to mimic the term "Com," for "Communist." The Vietnamese language does not really allow speakers to pronounce "Com."
The National Liberation Front was originally an association of many organizations, including religious organizations. The leader, Hua Tho, was not a Marxist at all. However, the Diem administration organized the physical extermination of all opposition, including peaceful opposition, so the result was that only underground guerrilla movements could actually engage in politics. Naturally, the survival of the NLF depended on its ability to fight the Saigon regime, which meant rural insurgency, which meant gradual integration into the PAVN command structure.
The NLF grew quite strong; by 1968, it was able to carry out crucial operations in the Tet Offensive. Unfortunately, it was almost eradicated by the US military in the offensive, and had to be recreated.
After Diem had gained power in South Vietnam, he reversed Viet Minh land reforms, causing his regime to be bitterly hated by most peasants. So they joined the Viet Cong.
adj: Used to describe something communistic, rebellistic, witty, or elusive-istic.