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May 10, 2001
John Balzar writes in "The Haunting Side of Vietnam" (Commentary, May 6) that a moral pall hangs over those Americans who fought in Vietnam. I think it is a reflection of the state of American civilization that a moral pall does not hang over all of us. As a nation we have not yet come to terms with our collective guilt for the biggest atrocity of U.S. foreign policy. There have been other horrible wrongs committed in the name of American values, in places such as Guatemala, Chile and East Timor, but Vietnam is most representative of our arrogance.
June 5, 2010 |
Chau Linh Uyen was playing in front of her primary school in Ho Chi Minh City two months ago when she touched a cash machine a few feet from the front gate. In a flash, as more than 100 volts coursed through her small body, the 10-year-old fourth-grader foamed at the mouth and , lost consciousness. She died within minutes. The accident, caused by a state bank's ATM that wasn't properly grounded, was hardly a fluke. An investigation a few days later found that 121 of the city's 866 cash machines were leaking electricity through their keyboards and other surfaces, many at potentially fatal levels.
August 24, 2007
Re "Bush cites history in retooled Iraq message," Aug. 23 President Bush said, "One unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America's withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like 'boat people,' 're-education camps' and 'killing fields.' " This forgets that it was our entry into Iraq and subsequent incompetence that caused misery and death to hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.
February 12, 2003 |
In an attempt to boost its film industry, communist Vietnam will let private companies make movies independently rather than require studios to work through the government. Scripts no longer will have to be approved by censors before production starts. But finished films will have to be approved before they're released, said Nguyen Thi Hong Ngat, deputy director of the Ministry of Culture and Information's cinema department.
April 14, 1985
In a fit of nostalgia Kissinger says, "To have striven to prevent such horror (Vietnam suffering) is no shame." The shame is to forget that much of that suffering was caused by us at the direction of leaders like Kissinger. Remember the body counts of our killings that rose to a total of 2 million? Imagine the attendant suffering. It took Kissinger 10 years to face the fact that we were in a no-win situation. If the public had not forced him and the other leaders to pull us out we would still be in that mess that is over there today, killing millions and spending billions for Kissinger's noble cause.
July 16, 1989
Having just read Le Ly Haslip's book "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places," I find Lynne Bundesen's review criminally misleading (Book Review, June 25). Did we read the same book? Haslip's account of growing up in Vietnam is the first time the Vietnamese point of view has been written in English. It is eloquent and moving. Bundesen complains that it is not the book she wanted to read: "The book lacks specificity. . . ." How much more specific can one be in retelling one's life story?
November 15, 2003
Re "Terrorism Fight Not a Vietnam," Commentary, Nov. 11: Bruce Herschensohn theorizes that the reason we keep hearing analogies between Iraq and Vietnam is simply attributable to television. I have some other ideas. How about the idea that both wars began with lies from the American leadership? Vietnam was supposed to be about stopping the spread of communism, Iraq about stopping the spread of terrorism. In neither case were we invited by the people of those countries to come in and "save" them.
October 4, 2010 |
Linda McMahon, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, is airing a new TV ad that strikes at Democratic opponent Richard Blumenthal for misstatements about his military service. The 30-second spot, which is to begin airing just hours before Monday night's debate between the two candidates, contains a new snippet of footage of Blumenthal talking about his military service at an event in Bridgeport in April 2003. "When we returned, we sought nothing of this gratitude," he states.
April 11, 1997 |
The Senate voted to confirm Douglas "Pete" Peterson as the first postwar U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Peterson, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and was held prisoner by Hanoi for more than six years. Peterson was nominated by President Clinton in May, and his confirmation was delayed amid a debate over Vietnam's efforts to account for missing U.S. service personnel.