April 30, 2010 Vietnamese celebrated, many in sorrow for lost loved ones, the 35th anniversary of its costly victory over the mass murdering Army, Navy and Air force of the United States of America.
April 30, 1975 brought independence thirty years after President Truman cruelly went back on Roosevelt’s promise that colonies freed from Japanese occupation would not be given back to European powers, and treacherously turned against Ho Chi Minh, America’s decorated ally during the Second World War.
Truman used Nationalist Chinese, British and even Japanese troops to thwart the independent nation Ho had proclaimed from the balcony of the Hanoi Opera House with high American and British Officers standing alongside him. Then Truman brought back the French colonial army in U.S. ships.
The same heartless capitalist-imperialists who convinced Truman to frighten the Soviet Union by atom bombing Japan twice wanted to help the capitalist parties of France improve their position with voters by regaining its Indochinese colonies. The Communist party in France was extremely popular for its war time heroics against the Nazi occupation.
During the administrations of six presidents America and Americans crucified Laos, Vietnam and finally Cambodia. Nevertheless, Vietnamese, except for complaining about U.S. failure to care for Agent Orange victims including massive amount of children still being born with crippling deformities, appear to have little resentment towards America.
No point in going over the napalm, the heavy high altitude carpet bombing, biological warfare and the atrocities committed on the ground in villages all over South Vietnam. What is not so well known is the even greater suffering during the post 1975 monstrous economic warfare practiced viciously with the same disregard that it bombed and butchered before 1975.
Today, too many Americans still hail anyone who willingly went to Vietnam and followed orders to kill Vietnamese as Communists. The Communists are still there but the U.S. is now a “friend’ in keeping with its money making investments.
One day the American capitalist empire, so brutal in economic dominance and so homicidal in its wild and internationally unhindered use of a devastating ever more high tech military, will fall. (As do all empires.)
When that happens the Vietnamese will not have to hold their tongue in deference to their trading relationship with a United States able to punish it again at will.
Sweet and pleasant-natured destiny accepting Buddhist though they be, the Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians will be able to freely express their holding the capitalist society of Americans accountable for its many years of senseless, ignorant and merciless horrific and beastly insanity toward a people on the other side of the world which had expected quite the opposite behavior.
And out of this sick body-count nation of an America asleep to the most minimum decency toward its mass media designated enemies, will be born a nation of much kinder Americans feeling similarly awakened as did Germans when forced to realize their nation’s holocaust guilt.
But Americans might go deeper to the source of such widespread insanity; namely, a pathetically desperate capitalist, controlling media to maximize accumulation of private wealth with absolutely no moral impediment permitted.
Think how many Americans were never on the United States side during the U.S. war in Vietnam? How many of us were completely on the side of the Vietnamese just as Jane Fonda dramatized? How many of us are informed enough to see that the roots of imperialist wars are in the capitalist political economy all around us?
We will appreciate the Vietnamese not letting the rest of us forget what was done to them in the name of anti-Communism. or to put it positively, in the name, and for the urgencies, of Capitalists.