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April 10, 2008

Thursday Afternoon Dedication

"The greatest gift our country can give to the Cambodian people is not guns but peace. And the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now."
U.S. Rep. (now Sen.) Chris Dodd of Connecticut, March 12, 1975.
We found that not only was it a civil war, an effort by a people who had for years been seeking their liberation from any colonial influence whatsoever, but also we found that the Vietnamese whom we had enthusiastially molded after our own image were hard put to take up the fight against the threat we were supposedly saving them from.

We found most people didn't even know the difference between communism and democracy. They only wanted to work in rice paddies without helicopters strafing them and bombs with napalm burning their villages and tearing their country apart. They wanted everything to do with the war, particularly with this foreign presence of the United States of America, to leave them alone in peace, and they practiced the art of survival by siding With whichever military force was present at a particular time, be it Vietcong, North Vietnamese, or American.

We found also that all too often American men were dying in those rice paddies for want of support from their allies. We saw first hand how money from American taxes was used for a corrupt dictatorial regime. We saw that many people in this country had a one-sided idea of who was kept free by our flag, as blacks provided the highest percentage of casualties. We saw Vietnam ravaged equally by American bombs as well as by search and destroy missions, as well as by Vietcong terrorism, and yet we listened while this country tried to blame all of the havoc on'the Vietcong.

We rationalized destroying villages in order to save them. We saw Ammerica lose her sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a My Lai and refused to give up the image of American soldiers who hand out chocolate bars and chewing gum.

We learned the meaning of free fire zones, shooting anything that moves, and we watched while America placed a cheapness on the lives of orientals.

- (Then Lt. USNR, now Senator) John Forbes Kerry

Mr. Kerry could (perhaps) be excused for not foreseeing the bloodshed in 1971. He was a young man then, and angry. He cannot be excused for lying about it after the fact. More than 1 million people were put in those re-education camps Mr. Kerry speaks of so lightly.

2 million are estimated to have died in the genocide in Cambodia.

Take this silver lining
Keep it in your own sweet head
And shine it when the night is burning red

Shine it in the twilight
Shine it on the cold, cold ground
Shine it till these walls come
Tumbling down.

We were born with our eyes wide open
So alive with wild hope
Can you tell me why
Time after time,
They drag you down
Down in the darkness deep
Fools in their madness all around
Know that the light don't sleep

Step into the silence
Take it in your own two hands
And scatter it like diamonds
All across these lands
Blaze it in the morning
Wear it like an iron skin
The only things worth living for
Are innocence and magic
Amen


We were born with our eyes wide open
So alive with wild hope
Now can you tell me why
Time after time
They drag you down
Down with talk so cheap

Fools in their madness all around
Know that the light don't sleep

Find peace.

I can't even be angry anymore.

Actually, that's a lie. I think I will always be angry.

They made a desert, and called it peace.
- Tacitus

Posted by Cassandra at April 10, 2008 05:11 PM

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This is for Carrie, who always remembers.

I couldn't think of a graceful way to work the attribution into the post, but she is the one who found the Dith Pran piece.

And for Bill.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 10, 2008 06:43 PM

The quote from Tacitus is a good one. The Romans did not screw around. When they went to war, their enemies were ground to dust. They fought without reservations or hesitations. If a Roman were in charge, Iran would have already been a radioactive wasteland about 25-30 years ago.

Posted by: a former european at April 10, 2008 07:51 PM

"once again, the sophisticates are urging Americans to abandon an ally"
No surprises here. These sophisticates would abandon their own mothers, as they now intend to secure their children's future global citizenship and security in the fold of a united world. BAH! Three sheets in the wind is an apt description of their fitness for accessing the world’s evil, the real threats to the civilized interaction of nations and for having the intestinal fortitude to take a stand and stick to it. No, abandon all hope ye who enter the Hall of Progressive Relativity, morally superior yet vaporous ideology...

"When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
John Adams
And when we surrender in the face of evil, it shall once again, be no more. And while I'm on John quotes,
" Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
As we are witnessing today.

With that thought in mind I wonder if secession might be the answer? Let those who worship at the alter of Blame America for All That is Evil have New England, California, Oregon and Washington while retaining easement right of way to the oceans and ports and military installations necessary to conduct the nations business and then to hell with them all.

Man oh man, it's five o'clock somewhere...

Posted by: bthun at April 10, 2008 08:01 PM

And for Bill.

Drat. Now I've gotta print up more "Get Out of Snark Free" cards.

Mr. Kerry could (perhaps) be excused for not foreseeing the bloodshed in 1971.

He can *not*, however, be excused for the lies and the slanders, for he did *that* in furtherance of his own personal aggrandizement.

Posted by: BillT at April 11, 2008 03:48 AM

"I think I will always be angry."

Sometimes anger is the correct response...

Posted by: camojack at April 11, 2008 04:03 AM

The Left pisses me off because it's just unconscionable that an entire generation of political leaders of the most powerful nation in history can just wipe away the crimes they have committed against humanity.

Democrats or Leftists focus on Amerindian and black slavery because it is the only way to divert attention away from the crimes against humanity that they, not our ancestors, have personally committed.

Let those who worship at the alter of Blame America for All That is Evil have New England, California, Oregon and Washington while retaining easement right of way to the oceans and ports and military installations necessary to conduct the nations business and then to hell with them all.

Exile Pelosi and Harry to Iraq and Iran, with pain of death as being the punishment if they ever return.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 11, 2008 10:13 PM

Anger leads to the dark side. Only people who hate injustice and evil can feel anger in the presence of Leftist justified actions.

And we all know where hate leads us.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 11, 2008 10:43 PM

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