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Vietnam Plus-50

Cepat2 Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 9:59 AM
Two of my brothers fought in Viet Nam. Both served with distinction and valor even though they were on polar opposite ends of the political spectrum. Today, both agree that the lives lost, maimed, and forever changed were done so on questionable grounds. Having recently visited Viet Nam the anti american sentiment remains profound - irrespective of the western clothing and music seemingly ubiquitous. Europeans enjoy a favorable exchange rate thus flock to the area for cheap booze and equally cheap yet delicious food. China remains the ever present "tiger at the door". I'm not sure I agree with the author's views. My fear is the juice was not, and is not, worth the squeeze.

HANOI, Vietnam -- It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country's unification under Communism.

Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.

A local TV program reminds a visitor of Chinese propaganda "operas" circa 1970. Performers, some wearing military garb with a backdrop of missiles and an American B-52 bomber going down in flames, commemorate the 1972 Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong ordered by President Richard Nixon. Banners and posters in...