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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Kerry Says No Bloodbath In Vietnam


John Kerry chose his words wisely again, as he always does. On C-SPAN, Kerry said:

    There was not a massive bloodbath in Vietnam. There were reeducation camps, and they weren't pretty and, you know, nobody, you know, likes that kind of outcome. But on the other hand, I've met lot of people today who were in those education camps, who are thriving in the Vietnam of today.

His words are quite at odds with how others more factually recall it, like Mrs. Le Thi Anh:

    Meanwhile, the regime had already started setting up its “re-education camps" and new economic areas,”

    Thousands of urban Vietnamese families have been forced to sell their homes and start over again in new economic areas ere even the basic necessities are lacking. (Hence corruption, once thought of as a Thieu trademark, is flourishing: a new mandarin class has emerged ready to sell anything from a place in a fertile new economic area to a visa to France

    In all, some 300,000 people are being detained in re-education camps which are in no way similar to the show camps set up for the benefit of visiting dignitaries an foreign reporters. (The Washington Post story of February 15 was based on a visit to such a show camp.)

    One out every three Saigon families has a member in one of the camps, according to French journalist Jean Lacouture, who made an automobile trip from Hanoi to Saigon in 1976. After a visit to a new economic area for former Saigon near Phan-Thiet, Lacouture wrote that it was “a prefabricated hell and a place one comes to only if the alternative to it would be death."

Huh...The Washington Post visited one of the "for show" models of the re-education camp. I bet the WaPo reported glowingly on it too, calling it something along the lines of a wonderful contribution by the Socialists, Communists , Democrats.

One only needs to search via Google "Vietnam bloodbath" or "re-education camps" to get accounts of - oh, more realistic and factual than Kerry's rose-colored version.

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'bloodbath' is."

We are so lucky this man is not the president.

©2007

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Oh yes... I actually posted about this one yesterday (How to get rid of the past - Deny it).

They man is a liar... no blood bath? How much smack is this man smoking?

I bet he stands up and says Hitler wasn't all the bad either.
 
The man is so far removed from reality. Like I said, we should all be so very thankful that he's not the Prez. I got my problems with Bush in a few areas - immigrations, spending to note two - but Bush gets it right on the war on al qaida and terrorism. And Kerry just doesn't get it at all. Still.
 
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