More on that ‘aggressor’ idea: re Vietnam

Sol Sanders is Remembering the fall of Vietnam from the perspective of one who was witness from the end of WWII. He says “Hopes for freedom died 40 years ago.”

These two currents — dedicated, efficient, merciless Stalinists with their calls on the Soviet Union and its propaganda and infiltration in the West — and the incompetent, feuding and often far too fallible non-Communists continued the Vietnamese struggle. That contest seemed to have been finally decided once and for all with the fall of the Saigon regime, the 40th anniversary of which we marked on April 30.

However painful the specter of Americans being hauled off the roof of the Saigon embassy as North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the Presidential Palace gates, the United States was ready to shrug and turn to other issues. Nor were officials in Washington ready to admit the cutoff in American military aid had produced the catastrophe. But alas, for the Vietnamese, it marked yet another milestone in that continuing struggle between an alien totalitarianism — morphing as Lenin had prophesied in his more pessimistic moments into traditional Asian despotism — and the universal search for freedom.

As with more than 1.5 million other Vietnamese refugees, “Tony” and his family made it to America. But he did not live to see the democratic Vietnam to which he had devoted his life. The continuing travesty in Vietnam today mocks those hopes. Nor do the new self-serving American rationalizations — in which some of our most aspiring politicians indulge — mask that the old fight still goes on if under different auspices.

The rationalizations continue. The same aggression is on display in the Crimea and the Ukraine. The same response wherein the U.S. gets ‘tired’ of standing up to such aggression is playing out in Iraq and Afghanistan and the mid-east. The academics have coined the term micro-aggression. That might be the right term for the “dedicated, efficient, merciless” efforts that include re-defining terms such as torture and promulgating deceit and dishonesty about goals and ambitions. The sad part is that so many succumb to this micro-aggression despite the lessons of history that show its end as a significant magnitude of human suffering.

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