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  •  This is brilliant: (4+ / 0-)
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    howardfromUSA, sb, NoMoreLies, RWood
    In the official war, the people of South Vietnam were resisting the attempts of the North Vietnamese to conquer them in the name of world communism.  The United States was simply assisting them in their patriotic resistance.  In reality, most people in South Vietnam, insofar as they were politically minded, were nationalists who sought to push out foreign conquerors: first, the French, then the Japanese, and next the Americans, along with their client state, the South Vietnamese government which was never able to develop any independent strength in a land supposedly its own.
    Eisenhower's blocking of the 1956 elections in Vietnam, promised in the Geneva Convention as I understand it, was based on his understanding that Ho Chi Minh would win overwhelmingly in an honest election. How many lives did that decision cost? And how many souls?

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    by pixxer on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:36:22 PM PST

    •  How many lives? 3.5 million dead (2+ / 0-)
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      pixxer, RWood

      according to Brittanica

      As many as 2 million civilians, 1.1 million North Vietnamese and VietCong military, 200,000 to 250,000 South Vietnamese military, 58,000 U.S. military and approximately 4,000 military from other countries. 

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:18:15 PM PST

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