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« on: August 25, 2007, 06:33:13 am »

Vietnamese furious at Bush's history lesson
Ben Stocking | August 24, 2007 - 11:25AM


HANOI, Vietnam - US President George W Bush touched a nerve among Vietnamese when he invoked the Vietnam War in a speech warning that death and chaos will envelop Iraq if US troops leave too quickly.

People in Vietnam, where opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq is strong, said Bush drew the wrong conclusions from the long, bloody Southeast Asian conflict.

"Doesn't he realise that if the US had stayed in Vietnam longer, they would have killed more people?" Vu Huy Trieu of Hanoi, a veteran of the communist forces that fought American troops in Vietnam, said today.

"Nobody regrets that the Vietnam War wasn't prolonged except Bush."

US troops could never have prevailed in Vietnam, he said.

"Does he think the US could have won if they had stayed longer? No way," Trieu said.

Vietnam's official government spokesman offered a more measured response when asked at a regular media briefing to comment on Bush's speech to American veterans yesterday.

"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," Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said.

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

Dung said Vietnam hopes the Iraq conflict will be resolved "very soon, in an orderly way, and that the Iraqi people will do their best to rebuild their country."

Although Vietnam opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq, Dung stressed that ties between Hanoi and Washington have been growing closer since the former foes normalised relations in 1995, two decades after the war's end.

In his remarks to US veterans, Bush said a hasty retreat from Iraq would lead to terrible violence.

"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,' 're-education camps' and 'killing fields'," Bush said.

Many people in Vietnam said Bush's comparison was ill-considered.

The only way to restore order in Iraq is for the United States to leave, said Trinh Xuan Thang, a university student.

"Bush sent troops to invade Iraq and created all the problems there," Thang said.

If the US withdrew, he said, the violence might escalate in the short term but the situation would eventually stabilise.

"Let the Iraqis determine their fate by themselves," Thang said. "They don't need American troops there."

Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former chairwoman of the National Assembly's committee on foreign affairs, said Bush was unwise to stir up sensitive memories of the Vietnam War.

"The price we, the Vietnamese people on both sides, paid during the war was due to the fact that the Americans went into Vietnam in the first place," Ninh said.

AP

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/articles/2007/08/24/1187462487197.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2007, 06:42:58 am »





Way to go, Bush!  If you were so for the Vietnam War, why weren't you over there, serving? 
More political garbage from a guy who will say or do anything to keep the profits going for his rich, war profiteering buddies.

And when is the stupid mainstream press going to say the truth, that, if it weren't for the oil, we wouldn't be there in the first place?  They don't care for Iraq, it's all about GREED.
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