cassowary wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:06 pm
Also, don't forget that the 10 year US involvement in Vietnam saved SE Asia from Socialism.
You are about 16 years younger than I Cassowary (i.e. you would have been a very small child while I was already aged in my late teens) so it is unlikely that you would have any memory of the horrors of war that befell the hapless peoples of Indochina thanks to that massive US military involvement. Given that you do not have a free press in Singapore it is likely that government censorship there sheltered the people of Singapore from learning the full truth of what was going on up there: so even Singaporeans of your parents' generation were very likely kept in the dark.
(When I turned 20 in 1966, it was only by chance good fortune that I myself was not conscripted into the Australian army to serve a tour of duty up in Vietnam. Among Vietnam War veterans there has ever since been a very high rate of failed marriages; mental illness and suicide. Had I been sent to Vietnam and survived the fighting I estimate that I would have prematurely died from the effects of war stress years ago).
The American military with its philosophy of shoot everything that moves and bomb anything that still stands made an utter wreck of Vietnam - and neither Laos nor Cambodia got off unscathed either. The war was obscene, horrendous and unnecessary -and we had it coming to us in sickening, graphic detail over out television screens for years on end.
After a decade plus of having endured all of the death and destruction going on around them; had I been a Vietnamese civilian myself peace under Hanoi's rule would have probably looked like a bloody appealing prospect. Anything had to be better than the war.
What marvellous propaganda the US treatment of Indochina gave both Hanoi and Moscow to use against the West. Indeed, I perceive that the only reason why Mao's China did not make more of it also was that the PRC by then (coinciding with the US presence in Vietnam) had plunged into the turmoil of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and was therefore disabled by events at home.
I sometimes question whether the salvation of the rest of south east Asia was worth the destruction of Indochina.