I recently received a communication from a former Vietnam POW friend that Jane Fonda is due to be honored as one of the '100 women of the Century' Therefore before history is 'airbrushed' even more so to appease the PC elite, it's worth recalling one or so episodes in this lady's visits to North Vietnam and her contacts with American POWS. From 1963 > 65 Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's) He spent 6 years in the 'Hanoi Hilton' the first 3 of which his family knew only that he was missing in action. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group was cleaned, fed and clothed in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit. The POW group had time to devise a plan which they perceived would get word to their relatives that they were alive. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper with his social security number on it and held in his hand. When paraded before Ms Fonda and a cameraman, shaking each man's hand and asking such questions as "Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?" and "Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?" Believing thas HAD to be an act, they each palmed their paper to her. She took them without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera had stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWS, Ms Fonda handed to the NV officer all of the pieces of paper. Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Col Carrigan survived, hence the knowledge of her actions that day. Another POW recalled how he was captured in 1968, spent 27 months in solitary confinement. When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, he was asked by the camp political officer if he would be willing to meet her. He obliged seeing it as an opportunity to tell her the real treatment the POWS were experiencing at the hands of the North Vietnamese and parroted by her as "humane and lenient" He subsequently spent 3 days on a rocky floor on his knees, arms outstretched with large steel weights placed on his upstretched palms and beaten with a bamboo cane. With respect to the American POW Association, when I assisted in hosting POWs on UK lecture tours they were all to a man diplomatically silent on the topic of Jane Fonda. Such were their characters and strengths. One of the longer term POWS - John Mc Cain strove to the Senate. It's become a well battered cliche, especially in Britain, that the freedom of speech and action has been at the price of someone else's suffering. I hope Ms Fonda takes a moment to reflect when meeting Barbra Walters on the physical suffering caused to hundreds of POWS as the direct result of her actions in those days. Several of these guys were to come home to a dis-interested nation and as result were lost to their families and colleagues. Jane developed a career in 'fitness videos and in keeping with the American obsession of youth - face creams! (how ironic). One of the 'Women of the Century?' I for one really don't think so.