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Nothing has ever changed in 30 years. A little truth about Vietnam and the board goes dead. It still doesn't fit the "agenda" of the politicaly insane. All those whom spit on ME and called me babykiller still can't face the fact that "Nam" was a media circus caused and filled with vicious lies from the "Dan rather" crowd. So many good men died becuase of the US media in those days. Well to each of you and especially YOU Hanoi Jane......(writer makes a special salute with one finger)
I must say yes many great men have died for this nation but not for great reasons.
Originally posted by Rasputin13
The American people's patience was destroyed by our liberal media.
Posted on Sat, Apr. 30, 2005
Revived Vietnam still haunts
Anniversary of war's end comes with fresh memories
JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Never mind that dateline. It will always be Saigon to me, the place where I landed 40 years ago to cover a war that eventually would consume much of my youth and much of my country's innocence before it ended in bitter, bloody chaos 30 years ago today.
Originally posted by dirk d
...The truth that so many died on both sides is all that should stand out in a thousand years.
... Im in Iraq rightnow watching events happen that will never be seen by the public or reported by the media.
... If the media doesnt care than the US wont care. Today we are dealing with the same number of attacks here in Iraq, soldiers are still being killed but it was only a big deal for a few months in the being of the "war." People are worried about gas prices or the Jackson Case not the real issues of the day. Its sad.
Dr. Horacid - I'm sorry for the terrible time you had in Vietnam...I'm sure it haunts you to this day. I know you believe that you were doing the right thing and defending your country and I admire you for that
Originally posted by Rasputin13
I think fighting to contain the spread of Communism was a great reason. The war was just conducted poorly. The American people's patience was destroyed by our liberal media.
The old familiar streets are still here, but now they're lined with chic shops and boutiques instead of the seedy bars where delicate Vietnamese women once wheedled overpriced "Saigon Teas" out of big American GIs.
The traffic is, at once, both denser and calmer, as motorcycles have replaced bicycles and the man-powered cyclo taxis have been banned from the center of town.
The Vietnamese are still the hardest-working people I have ever known, hustling and bustling and chasing a buck and a living with determination. The majority of them, 60-plus percent, are under age 30, and for them the war is something in the history books.
The country and the people are far different than when we came and when we left. In the cities, the old shabby yellow colonial buildings that survived have been spruced up and modernized. Office towers and high-rise hotels tower over their older neighbors. Cranes are everywhere in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as new construction sprouts on every available scrap of land.
Communists rule here, but business is still business, and business is good in Vietnam. The country's economy grew at a rate of 7.7 percent in 2004.
Trade between Vietnam and the United States has reached $6 billion annually. Trade with neighboring China is also at $6 billion a year. A local Honda plant cranks out millions of the ubiquitous motorbikes that sell for the equivalent of $1,000 to $2,000.
On the outskirts of Hanoi, a huge gate modeled after the Brandenburg in Berlin, complete with sculpted horses, marks the entrance of a new subdivision for the very affluent. A planned but still unbuilt house there sold six months ago for $250,000. The same non-existent home has already changed hands twice. The last buyer paid $450,000 for it.
Yet in poorer rural areas such as Quang Tri province, the per capita income is still around $200.
Originally posted by dirk d
Thats a wonderfull point!! Thats why we went to "war" with that nation to begin with. It would be a world trading power by now and we(US) wouldnt have any control of it. Look a Japan as a focus. Its a major player in the world but lacks an army, why?
Originally posted by DrHoracid
I would strongly encourage each of you out there to read this. It may be shocking to many of you to learn a little truth about "nam". On April 30th 1975 Siagon fell. It would be another 98 days before I would be free from the bamboo cage that had been my home for the previous 210 days in Cambodia.
God bless you "Chet" where ever you are..........
God bless America Too.................
[edit on 30-4-2005 by DrHoracid]
Vietnam is a country with rich natural resources and a well educated (literacy rate is over 90%), diligent population of 80.4 million. Since 1986 the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has committed itself to economic reform, or "Doi Moi" (New Changes) a move from a centrally planned economy to a multi-sectoral one based on open market principles, and thus opened the door to foreign investment.
The Government has abolished price control, devalued the Dong, legalised private ownership, freed the private sector, withdrawn support from a number of loss making state enterprises, opened up the country for foreign investment and has begun to introduce a modern legal framework and pursued monetary and fiscal policies. These reforms were introduced in an attempt to double Vietnam's GDP and to becoming an industrialised nation by 2020. The pace of reforms has been slow, but must be looked at in context that Vietnam has only been open to the west for less than 20 years. Its growth has therefore been remarkable.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
They do seem to be doing a lot better these days. I just hope they can keep instituting such reforms throughout the future. But, yea, they do seem to be doing a lot better than I thought at first.