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Friday, April 29, 2005

 
In Memoriam: The Republic of South Vietnam (1955-1975)

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Today Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

(Update: Some sources, such as WGBH, set the date of the fall on April 29. The generally accepted date is April 30, when the South Vietnamese government formally surrendered. The attack on Saigon, and the famous helicopter evacuation, began on the 29th.)

Here are some useful links:

"Certain war has yielded to an uncertain peace in Vietnam. Where there was once only despair and dislocation, today there is hope, however frail."

Thomas R. Byrne, United States ambassador to Norway, representing Henry A. Kissinger at the ceremonies for the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize (source)

"The atrocities of My Lai would pale in comparison to the atrocities wrought when the North finally gained control of the South. In the purge that followed, more than 80,000 would be systematically tracked down and summarily executed by the new regime. Hundreds of thousands more would be sent to 're-education camps' where they would languish for years in virtual slavery. So this was the 'better life' that so many said the Communists would bring to the people of South Vietnam."

Robert E. Wheatley, "Witnessing the Death of a Nation - The Fall of Saigon" (source)

Update: The James's Liberty website has a section that refutes some of Noam Chomsky's claims about Indochina. One cited source is "The New Vietnam" (National Review, April 29, 1977), written by Le Thi Anh, a Vietnamese refugee who served on President Gerald Ford's advisory Committee on Indochinese refugees. The article is reprinted here.

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