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Vietnam criticises President Bush over Vietnam War comments

August 26th, 2007 . by Matt

President Bush commented on the Iraq War comparing it with Vietnam, saying that “One unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens, whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like ‘boat people,’ ‘reeducation camps,’ and ‘killing fields,'”. The Vietnamese have objected to the comparison.

Hanoi is dismayed by President George W. Bush’s invocation of the ignominious US withdrawal from Vietnam to explain the need to maintain US forces in Iraq.

Mr Bush suggested that Washington’s withdrawal from Vietnam precipitated a bloodbath in south-east Asia – including the Cambodian Khmer Rouge genocide – an assertion many Vietnamese see as a gross oversimplification of the region’s complex and tragic history, and Washington’s own role in it.

“It is very ill-considered and, frankly, cavalier to make use of Vietnam in such a way to extricate himself from the Iraq debate,” said Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former deputy chair of the foreign relations committee of Vietnam’s National Assembly. “Opening this up again can only rekindle resentment, antagonisms that have been put on the shelf for the sake of looking into the future.”

Vietnam was “an unjustified and a wrong war in the first place so to start analysing things only from the withdrawal of US troops is really puzzling”, she said. “The root of the problem is not the withdrawal, it’s the very fact of starting up the war in the first place.”

Ms Ninh also objected to Mr Bush’s “bad taste” in conflating post-war events in Vietnam with the Khmer Rouge “killing fields” in neighbouring Cambodia.

Hanoi views the withdrawal of US troops as the culmination of its successful nationalist struggle to reunify a divided country.

“With regard to the American war in Vietnam, everyone knows that we fought to defend our country and that this was a righteous war of the Vietnamese people,” Le Dung, foreign ministry spokesman, told a Hanoi press conference this week.

“And we all know that the war caused tremendous suffering and losses to the Vietnamese people.”

Vietnam’s communist rulers have struggled for 30 years to promote recognition of their nation as a country, rather than a war, as they sought to bury the ghosts of the past and forge an amicable working relationship with the US, their former enemy.

I agree with President Bush on one thing though – Iraq is the new Vietnam. Time to leave Iraq.


7 Responses to “Vietnam criticises President Bush over Vietnam War comments”

  1. comment number 1 by: MarkA

    The B-52 bomber got us out of Vietnam. Can it get us out of Iraq? Is bombing the shit out of Iran and/or Syria acceptable?

  2. comment number 2 by: egg

    Hmmm… Can the Iraqi authorities keep peace and order without the US military forces? If they are capable enough, US should of course leave Iraq as soon as possible but I am not sure…
    I would like to take the choise which leads to minimum deathes. But it is a hard dicision…
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    By the way Mr Bush doesn`t seem to know much about history and it is a shame as a leader.

  3. comment number 3 by: GarlicBreath

    Good idea Mark. If it works maybe the USA can bomb its way out of the Corean quagmire.

  4. comment number 4 by: MarkA

    GB, the only question is which side of the DMZ should we start bombing first? LOL

  5. comment number 5 by: GarlicBreath

    If the criteria was which side hates the USA more, then I would have to say the USA should start napalming all the dirty cancerous coreatown slums. They are hotbeds of anti-Americanism. Cleaning up those districts would also have the side effect benefit of helping local race relations and increasing property values.
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    LOL, just kidding my gyopu friends 😉

  6. comment number 6 by: aswqs

    man with blogers like you the u.s will never win a war again im starting to believe you work for wikipedia the site we all like to call the far left love spot any way bush is right maybe the only thing hes right on so dont lie to your selfs just becuz you hate bush and anything that seem right wing to you

    p.s north Vietnam killed 3 million civilians just to give you far left guys something to think about i no you dont care about lives if they dont get ppl to see things your way

  7. comment number 7 by: jion999

    President Bush is an usual American to believe America’s justice of past wars.
    He also commented on Sadam’s Iraq comparing it with Japan of WW2, saying that US taught democracy to Japanese.
    His major of Yale was history.
    However, history never works as a lesson for such kind of people.