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Today, May 31, 2010 is Memorial Day. It is the day Americans remember, for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. (so it does not interfere with anyone’s picnic or beer swilling), their war dead. We honor all of those who have given their lives in the service of their beloved country, from the Revolutionary War to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Today, I am remembering the 58,178 American boys who died in Vietnam because I am a veteran of that war. 58,178 American boys who came home in black garbage bags to a no-heroes welcome. Boys who gave their lives not in the defense of America, but for the human rights of the South Vietnamese people to live free from the oppression of communist tyrants.
Or so our boys thought as each one lay dying in a pool of his own blood and urine, crying out to God for forgiveness, to his mom for help and comfort, to his wife and children to say one last “I love you.” IF, that is, he had time to cry anything.
As it turns out, these 58,178 boys gave their lives for . . . nothing.
In a report dated May 29, 2006 by the Associated Press, Calvin Woodward reported that Henry Kissinger, President Nixon’s envoy, told Chinese Premier Chou En-lai in 1972,
"If we can live with a communist government in China, we ought to be able to accept it in Indochina [Vietnam]."
"Kissinger told Chou that the United States respected its Hanoi enemy as a 'permanent factor' and probably the 'strongest entity' in the region. 'And we have had no interest in destroying it or even defeating it,' he insisted."
Kissinger told Chou,
"What has Hanoi done to us that would make it impossible to, say in 10 years, establish a new relationship?"
Absolutely nothing, Mr. Kissinger, except to kill and torture to death more than fifty-eight thousand sons, husbands, lovers, fathers, brothers, and friends while playing a deadly game of political gamesmanship.
Fifty-eight thousand, one-hundred and seventy-eight . . . Nothings.
Please LISTEN to this video by The Statler Brothers.
A link from TechnoBabe
(Do not forget the boys from other countries who gave their lives for nothing: Australia, South Korea, Laos, New Zealand, and The Philippines.)