Myth: The National Liberation Front which was the underground opposition government to Saigon, controlled the Viet Cong and prepared the declaration of how the South would be governed once the revolution was accomplished.
Fact: The National Liberation Front was a front organization under command and control of North Vietnam. The Viet Cong were members of the People's Army of Viet Nam.
- North Vietnamese documents confirm that the NLF was merely a front organization and was under the complete control of the North Vietnamese communist party under Ho Chi Minh.
- Ho Chi Minh created the Viet Minh, an ostensibly nationlist organization, in 1941 to bring "independence" to Vietnam. The Viet Minh co-opted the real nationalist organization, the VNQDD.
- Southern nationalists were completely co-opted by the communists. Those who refused to go along were either slaughtered or escaped.
- The communists controlled or influenced violent action in the South as early as 1947 and throughout the period of the French Indochina War (1946-1954)
- The official policy of North Vietnam was to create never-ending violence in the South - assassinations, torture, rape and kidnappings - until the Southern government collapsed because it could not protect the people.