I've been privileged in my life to have met so many VietNamese refugees from shortly after the war, people who are friendly, hard-working, humble and enduring. I came to care very much for many of them. Still, as much as these people embraced and flourished in their new home, they still had friends and family back in VietNam, and their hearts ached because they dared not return to visit them. That is no longer the case, and I for one am very happy about the warm relationship between our two countries now, and the ability for VietNamese-Americans to return to their homeland to visit family and friends. VietNam's progress over the past nearly 4 decades has led to this positive outcome, and I hope our two nations will continue to be friends and allies.
I for one have put the old wounds behind me and look forward to much friendlier relations between our two countries. I will be eternally grateful to Vietnam to putting an end to the killing fields of Cambodia. I viewed the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon from the JUSMAGTHAI compound on Satorn Road in Bangkok back in April of 1975 and that was the saddest month of my life. Latter Vientiane also fell, but without a shot being fired. So many friends were left behind that year, left without knowing their fate. Friends I had made while in the military being stationed in Laos and Vietnam. That was hard. Years does not erase the sadness, but it does erase the hate and when one sees former enemies doing good things it means we no longer have to be enemies. Closure comes to most, but not all. But we all need to move on and meet today's realities as today and not as they were in the past. This old crusty military retiree welcomes our friendship and hopes it flourishes for a very long time to come.
Just take DiAnna's advice, as posters can be quite cruel on this site. Just move on to the next post and have a good, decent conversation my friend.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
I'm always happy to see any country try to establish human rights. Hopefully, they will have some success. I work with two Vietnamese men who were in the S. Vietnam Air Force. They flew in conjunction with the USAF during the war. After we left they were rounded up and imprisoned for six years. When freed, they escaped to America. They can now return home to see their families, but they said it's best to blend in and keep a low profile.
Maybe next they could drop mandatory voting on a ballot that contains the Party's candidate and a candidate with no qualifications to run a country.
My winter jacket was made in Vietnam.