© The Japan Times
Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, May 27, 1998

Avoiding war with Ho Chi Minh

          Let me begin this letter by pointing out some problems I have with the May 17 letters by John T. Blackmore, "Ho Chi Minh advocated class war" and Harold Solomon, "Painting Ho Chi Minh red."
          In responding to my May 10 letter "Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist," Blackmore states that the South Vietnamese government was led by genuine nationalists. Perhaps, but I don't believe sending American teenage troops to be maimed and killed for the likes of South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky – who looked to Adolf Hitler as a role model – was such a good idea. Maybe it would have been better if the United States had listened to Ho Chi Minh during the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919, when he had sought support for Vietnamese independence.
          Today, the U.S. sees nothing wrong in engaging with communist regimes such as China, as long as U.S. business interests are served. Perhaps engagement with Ho Chi Minh early on would have saved us a lot of trouble down the road.
          As for Solomon's letter, I believe that since Ho Chi Minh and his followers only found support for Vietnamese independence from communists, it's natural that they wanted to give communists support in return.


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