Posted by sigismund on February 25, 2012, at 15:32:18
In reply to Re: Continuing to live, posted by sigismund on February 25, 2012, at 13:51:21
There is a famous quote of Ho's, about what I am not quite sure, but it goes....
Better to eat French sh*t for 10 years than Chinese sh*t for a thousand.
And Giap said, when asked how long he was prepared to fight the Americans, something like...as long it would take, if necessary a thousand years.
Years later an American general who had served in Vietnam offered him his watch. Giap refused to take it.
There are issues of pride involved. I do not understand why it is so difficult to understand this, if in fact that is the problem.
Howard Zinn said in a lecture something like......the thing about having our troops stationed in other countries is that sometimes it BOTHERS them.
Is it racism? Lack of empathy for sure. Not to speak of ignorance.
The odd thing is that even the people who prosecuted the war did not believe in it, at least not anywhere near the end.
But they were trapped because they could not turn back.