reply to post by Merriman Weir
Merriman, I do appreciate your comments. I really do. I like comments from all over, as that's the only way for us to appreciate others
I did chuckle with you at your comment that Americans weren't that popular in the war years. And yes, we are aware of them. My favorite was the
"Yanks are overpaid, oversexed, and over here!" And I don't blame your countrymen for that. Those were hard times. On everyone.
While the Russians and Chinese gave North Vietnam tons of weapons, most of the general population in South Vietnam were unarmed. Most of the little
villages and hamlets consisted of farmers who just wanted to be left alone, and farm their land. Because they were unarmed, small VC and NVA units
strategy was to terrorize these peaceful farmers into cooperating with them.
Between 1957 and late 1972, the NLF assassinated 36,725 civilians and abducted 58,499 others, who mostly vanished. VC death squads systematically
murdered village leaders, clergy, medical personnel, social workers, teachers, small merchants, and of course the "landowners" - pretty much defined
as anyone who owned as little as five hectares. (12 acres) These are official numbers that were documented, but the actual numbers were much, much
on 5 December, 1967, Communists troops wiped out the Montagnard village of Dak Sok, killing hundreds of men, women, and children. At Hue in 1968,
though a city, between 3,000 and 5,000 civilians were slaughtered, although denied by the Hanoi regime. Freedom fighters. Right.
We would personally come upon these atrocities, and when you'd look around at these poor people who had very little to start with, wanted no trouble
with anyone, so peaceful and sharing, yes, it made me sick. I was young and could not believe men could do such cold-hearted evil. But even as my
stomach churned, it also made my blood boil. I wanted payback. Fury is a powerful well of strength.
I hate bullies. Always have. And if lethal force is what they prefer, then who am I to deny them the same merciless force that they prefer
I've seen armed and unarmed civilians. I've seen the results of both. I've seen backward Montagnards armed and end up with unbelievable kill
ratios against the same forces that previously had slaughtered them.
Merriman, for anyone to have ever seen the slaughter first hand, your viewpoints of life, whatever they were up to that moment, are changed forever.
Through none of your own doing.
I never, ever went looking for trouble. But if it ever found me, I knew that I never, ever, would be found wanting.