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April 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
Scores of prisoners across Vietnam were released Friday as part of a nationwide presidential directive on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the end of this country's war. Earlier in the week, Vietnam announced that it would free 7,820 prisoners in a mass release to coincide with the April 30 celebration of the country's reunification after the conflict ended.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf returned from the Persian Gulf War as a conquering hero. His reception after two tours of duty in Vietnam was quite different. "I think all of us who served over there and came back home felt a sense of betrayal," the retired Army commander recalled during a recent interview. "We didn't start the war. We were simply doing what our country asked us to do.
May 20, 2007
Louis Morneau of Santa Monica visited the historic Hotel Rex in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Outside, "I turned off the flash," Morneau said. His camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7, "did all the work."
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
April 14, 1985
Kissinger defends U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Of course, rewriting history is child's play for someone so well skilled in deception (remember, we weren't really bombing Cambodia.) Hundreds of thousands of human beings died--for what? To prevent oppression? Sure that's a noble cause, but what about the Philippines, Chile, El Salvador? No oppression there? Yeah, OK. Well, what's the bottom line? Governments that do good business with American big business are free to rule as they wish; those that don't had better watch out. And Kissinger's remedy for this messy world?
April 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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