I’ll defer to someone who has more authority than me, although I did get to see the recieving end of what he talks about. My mother was looking to adopt one of the kids that were on a plane coming out of Nam that never arrived for example.
I’m sick and tired of all these self-righteous fools talking about how they were on the side of the “Vietnamese People”. These people can claim to have spoken for the VC, members of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Red China and the Soviet Union but they do not speak for and have never have spoken for the Vietnamese People and I would ask them to stop claiming they ever did. It’s sick.
The protestors prolonged the war by making the communists believe they could outlast the US and they suceeded. The result of the communist domination of all of Vietnam is a devastated third world country. The country that was once the pearl of the east has become a jail for the 80 million Vietnamese who are not members of the CPV.
The end of the war and the success of the communists lead to the imprisonment of over a million South Vietnamese within reeducation camps resulting in the deaths of 165,000 from executions, torture and starvation. The protestors efforts lead to the largest migration in all of human history resulting in a massive refugee crises and the deaths of 250,000 people in the South China sea. The silence from the anti-war hippies was deafening.
Keith, Sue, Chris, Turiana, Dear Leader, hes talking to you.
You were wrong, you were then, you are now and you always have been wrong. You want to say sorry to the Vietnamese say sorry to ones you’re responsible for killing under the hand of the “liberating” communists. You spat on and reviled our soldiers then and you just can’t stop now. Your retoric is echoed in the inane prattle of the missinformed and proudly ignorant who just parrot phrases without any real understanding. You even lied about about a Labour government pulling the troops out. It was the previous National Government that made that call.
We were right to fight in Viet Nam, just as we were right to fight in Malaya and in the Indonesian Confrontation and Korea.
We were wrong to leave.
You were wrong to try and make us stop standing by people when we had commited to helping them. the communists will tell themselves how much they enjoyed your support without which they would have given up. If Troter wants to equate people with being Nazis he should equate you and himself with supporting Hitler.
You lie when you claim “New Zealand” was against the war. You are not personally “New Zealand”. New Zealand was divided and you were the noisy long haired ones shouting the loudest. Meanwhile every single New Zealander who fought in viet Nam was a volunteer and we had guys queing up to join the army. If you were the soul of the nation why did vets from previous wars kick your asses when you tried to hijack Anzac Day?
Get your heads around the concept that war is last resort, but it IS a resort and when you are commited to it you carry it through.
The continuing hate and bile with dogma driven retoric heaped upon veterans by the likes of the Maori Party and Chris Troter simply show you remain out of touch with real New Zelanders.
Of soldering and life I have learned the most from Nam vets. Sam Hokianga and Paul McNabb to name but two.
I think we’re at a time where the “anti-war” noise makers need to be quiet thanks. Your time is over, New Zealanders are proud of their military.