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General Giap Grateful To U.S. Anti-War Protestors  
User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

HANOI (Reuters) - Twenty-nine years after the end of the Vietnam war, communist military mastermind General Vo Nguyen Giap remains grateful to the Americans who opposed it.

The Vietnam War, known in Vietnam as the American War, has become a hot issue in the U.S. presidential race with Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites) drawing attention to his service and President Bush (news - web sites)'s Republicans disparaging Kerry's later anti-war stand.

"I would like to thank them," the 93-year-old veteran said on Friday of those Americans who opposed the war.

Giap was speaking during a two-hour interview with foreign and domestic media on the 29th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, capital of the then U.S.-backed South Vietnam, that marked the end of the war.

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I guess we now know the name of one of the "foreign leaders" that Kerry said wanted him to be President.


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User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

I guess we now know the name of one of the "foreign leaders" that Kerry said wanted him to be President.

.... A man accused by some of war crimes......



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

Dammit B757300 you stole my line.

This isn't the first time that Giap has come out positively in support of the war protesters of the 1960's.

He also did in his autobiography, in fact reports are he singled out the VVAW by name. And by now we all know who founded that operation



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Well, I'm sorry to protest a war because it's such an awesome thing. I know now that there's nothing better than war, and we should all jump on the *war* bandwagon. Let's go invade the entire world!  Yeah sure


I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1467 times:

Like the anti-war protestors care if Giap supports them, they're probably proud of it if nothing else. These are the same people who carried signs extolling the virtues of Yassir Arafat and other great world leaders like good ol' Bobby Mugabe. After all, to them, Giap was the great man who lead the peasants to rise up against the ruling class.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Ah, those who crave war are out in force today, reliving an ancient past.

What a bunch of morons. Congrats, fellas, for looking like total aces in the hole.


User currently offline5NEOO From Nigeria, joined Nov 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

Like the anti-war protestors care if Giap supports them, they're probably proud of it if nothing else. These are the same people who carried signs extolling the virtues of Yassir Arafat and other great world leaders like good ol' Bobby Mugabe. After all, to them, Giap was the great man who lead the peasants to rise up against the ruling class.

And what's wrong with Robert Mugabe?



Admit it, you could care less about the continent Africa!
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

And what's wrong with Robert Mugabe?

Hmmm... maybe the fact that he drove white farmers off their farms simply because of the color of their skin? How about the rapes, tortures, and murders he allows again on the basis of skin color?

While the White Man has made it to the moon and back, we in Africa are still trying to make it to the village....

You wonder why you're still trying to make it to the village with oversights like that.



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offline5NEOO From Nigeria, joined Nov 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Hmmm... maybe the fact that he drove white farmers off their farms simply because of the color of their skin? How about the rapes, tortures, and murders he allows again on the basis of skin color?

How come you aren't/weren't outraged by the atrocities committed by Cecil B. Rhodes? Come to think of it, do you even know who he was?

You wonder why you're still trying to make it to the village with oversights like that.

That signature of mine is a quote by Julius Nyerere (do you know who he was?) It represents the Africans loss of direction over the years, but I don't expect you to know that........nah, you're just another right leaning surburbanite who knows what's best for the rest of the world.



Admit it, you could care less about the continent Africa!
User currently offlineCannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Of course General Giap is grateful to the protesters. I mean, he eventually stopped getting shot at at least in part because of them, right? Anyone who says that this makes Kerry look bad is missing the point - the protesters were NOT on Giaps' side, they just didn't want to bomb him anymore. And Giap didn't want to be bombed. Maybe it's true that many believed him to be leading the 'peasat revolution', it wouldn't suprise me in the least; I know people like that. However, undoubtedly the vast majority just wanted Americans to stop killing and getting killed in Vietnam, which was in my humble opinion a good idea. Because like the poster above said, I'm so sorry to protest war because war is such an awesome gesture of kindness, right?

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

How come you aren't/weren't outraged by the atrocities committed by Cecil B. Rhodes? Come to think of it, do you even know who he was?

Of course what Cecil Rhodes did to the people of Africa was terrible, I never said it wasn't. He was a terrible leader who committed thousands of atrocities on African people. However, its ridiculous to say "Well, since Cecil Rhodes did this, its okay for Mugabe to do that." Sorry, but human rights atrocities should never be accepted whether the person who is committing them is white or black. I know you probably love Mugabe for making the white man suffer, but that same hate, violence, and indifference has kept Africa in a continual cycle of crap for the past fifty years.

It represents the Africans loss of direction over the years, but I don't expect you to know that........nah, you're just another right leaning surburbanite who knows what's best for the rest of the world.

Loss of direction? Why don't you refer to your previous post lauding Robert Mugabe for his human rights violations. Now that is what I call a loss of direction. Right-leaning suburbanite? I think anyone with half a brain could see whats wrong with Africa. You don't need a Ph.D to figure out that attitudes like yours are one of the problems plaguing Africa.



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

And Giap didn't want to be bombed.

Of course not, it took away from time he considered better spent shooting people because they didn't want to be Communist. The hundreds of thousands of executions of RVN civilians after the fall of Saigon attest to that.



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User currently offline5NEOO From Nigeria, joined Nov 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

Of course what Cecil Rhodes did to the people of Africa was terrible, I never said it wasn't. He was a terrible leader who committed thousands of atrocities on African people. However, its ridiculous to say "Well, since Cecil Rhodes did this, its okay for Mugabe to do that." Sorry, but human rights atrocities should never be accepted whether the person who is committing them is white or black. I know you probably love Mugabe for making the white man suffer, but that same hate, violence, and indifference has kept Africa in a continual cycle of crap for the past fifty years.

I really can't remember me saying that Mugabe should be given the Noble peace prize anywhere! Like it or not, I am indifferent to what Mugabe is doing in Zimbabwe. He is doing the right thing (albeit in the wrong way for the wrong reasons). I have yet to see any of the former colonial powers compensate their old colonies for all the crap their "subjects" suffered during their reign. Now an individual tries to do away with the ILLEGAL form of land distribution that plagues his land, and the rest of the world calls him a terrorist and a barbarian!

Loss of direction? Why don't you refer to your previous post lauding Robert Mugabe for his human rights violations. Now that is what I call a loss of direction. Right-leaning suburbanite? I think anyone with half a brain could see whats wrong with Africa. You don't need a Ph.D to figure out that attitudes like yours are one of the problems plaguing Africa.

Maybe I can reword the statement in words that you can easily understand:
"The White man shot the African in the left foot, the African then decided to shot himself in the right foot and is now confused as to why he cannot get anything done"



Admit it, you could care less about the continent Africa!
User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Jcs17 wrote:

These are the same people who carried signs extolling the virtues of Yassir Arafat and other great world leaders like good ol' Bobby Mugabe

I think a lot of the anti-war protesters during the Vietnam era were just opposed to a war where the U.S. government and military were less than forthcoming about the campaign and in some cases were downright deceptive (Gen. William Westmoreland's "body count" thesis comes to mind).

Certainly, there's nothing wrong in calling out the failures of people like Arafat and Mugabe. But at the same time, we mustn't forget about White House darlings of years past like Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Mobutu Sese Seko, Ferdinand Marcos and P.W. Botha.

These individuals had nothing to do with the freedom and democracy that some like to associate with U.S. foreign policy.



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User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

WOW, Does 757-300 think the Vietnam war was a good thing ??? I'm thankful for the anti-war people too. I just wish there was more of them now. Someday maybe someone from America will formally apologize to Vietnam for killing 500,000 innocent people for no reason. I really am ashamed that we are doing it all over again in Iraq. Shame............


Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

I really can't remember me saying that Mugabe should be given the Noble peace prize anywhere! Like it or not, I am indifferent to what Mugabe is doing in Zimbabwe. He is doing the right thing (albeit in the wrong way for the wrong reasons). I have yet to see any of the former colonial powers compensate their old colonies for all the crap their "subjects" suffered during their reign. Now an individual tries to do away with the ILLEGAL form of land distribution that plagues his land, and the rest of the world calls him a terrorist and a barbarian!

Well, there's other things Mugabe has done that haven't endeared him to the international community.....

Zimbabwe's torture training camps
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3493958.stm




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