Sertorio wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:58 am
The best known major effort by the US to stabilize your part of the world was called the Vietnam war, and we know what the results were. Over a million people killed, widespread destruction, widespread use of napalm and chemical agents... Stabilization only came after the Vietnamese kicked the Americans out of their country. And even the major nasty of the region, Pol Pot, was only finally dealt with by the Vietnamese, not the Americans. Add to that the strident threats against North Korea, the military support given to the breakaway Chinese province of Taiwan, and you have the true face of the US in Asia. A permanent threat to peace, a hated imperial power. If Australia and Singapore choose to assist the US in its aggressive ventures, you shouldn't be surprised if you become as generally disliked as the US.
The US may not have saved South Vietnam from communism but their 10-year effort saved the rest of SE Asia because it gave them time to put their houses in order. This is also the opinion of Lee Kuan Yew
In his autobiography, Lee Kuan Yew says Singapore and other Asian countries were saved from communism by the Vietnam War:
"Although American intervention failed in Vietnam, it bought time for the rest of Southeast Asia. In 1965, when the US military moved massively into South Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines faced internal threats from armed communist insurgencies . . . and the communist underground was still active in Singapore. . . America's action [in Vietnam] enabled non-communist Southeast Asia to put their own houses in order. By 1975, they were in better shape to stand up to the communists. Had there been no US intervention, the will of these countries to resist them would have melted and Southeast Asia would most likely have gone communist. The prosperous emerging market economies of ASEAN were nurtured during the Vietnam War years."7
So I appreciate US efforts in Vietnam. The deaths were mainly caused by the Socialists/Communist. It is their fault, not the US, who was only trying to save the South Vietnam. The US did its best. There was even an election in S Vietnam in the midst of war. So failure to cheer the US in Vietnam means that you are for the totalitarian north Vietnamese.
I also like to point out that the US and allies saved South Korea during the Korean War. Compare the two halves of Korea. The South is prosperous and democratic while the north is starving and ruled by a ruthless. If you don't suuport what the US did in Korea then I conclude that you prefer dictatorships.
The Taiwanese appreciate US support. Otherwise, their democracy is finished. Again, failure to approve US support for Taiwan means that you prefer authoritarian governments.
I think deep inside, Sertorio is a totalitarian in disguise. He loves the most brutal dictators.