[ This brought a lot of memories home! I, in particular, concur with the main point, that the Vietnamese people deserve to be free, that each of their deaths was but “one more of the 140 million human sacrifices on the altar of the most bloodthirsty false god in history: communism”. I also, to this day, cannot forgive those like Jane Fonda and John Kerry who disgraced our warriors. Semper Fi! – JS ]
It was difficult to control my emotions -- specifically, my anger -- during my visit to Vietnam last week. The more I came to admire the Vietnamese people -- their intelligence, love of life, dignity and hard work -- the more rage I felt for the communists who brought them (and, of course, us Americans) so much suffering in the second half of the 20th century.
Unfortunately, communists still rule the country. Yet, Vietnam today has embraced the only way that exists to escape poverty, let alone to produce prosperity: capitalism and the free market. So what exactly did the 2 million Vietnamese who died in the Vietnam War die for? I would like to ask one of the communist bosses who run Vietnam that question. "Comrade, you have disowned everything your Communist party stood for: communal property, collectivized agriculture, central planning and militarism, among other things. Looking back, then, for what precisely did your beloved Ho Chi Minh and your party sacrifice millions of your fellow Vietnamese?"
There is no good answer. There are only a lie and a truth, and the truth is not good.