April 30, 2006
Goodbye, Saigon Goodbye, Baghdad?
Thirty—one years ago this weekend the United States departed, some say fled, South Vietnam. A people we had promised to keep free and protect were soon swallowed by the Communist North of the once—divided country. Whether or not we should have been there in the first place is one question. Whether or not we should have abandoned the South is another question altogether. The consequences of our having pulled out are, perhaps, more clearly seen when viewed through eyes of one who lived that history as a Vietnamese. "I am very, very sad," said Bui Tin. Mr. Bui was lamenting the death of retired Army Master Sgt. Max Beilke, 69, who had been killed in a plane crash. Not while the sergeant was in a plane, mind you. He was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. After his having survived the rigors of the Vietnam war, that was indeed an ironic stroke of misfortune. Now, Bui Tin is not exactly a household name in America except, perhaps, for those who've lived through or...(Read Full Article)