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  •  Wrong on number of casualties too (0+ / 0-)

    The greatest number of fatalities suffered by allied forces in Vietnam was the South Vietnamese Army at around 185,000.

    •  Fair enough. (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for this, which is another point in relation to the essentially imperial nature of the process.

      I bow to those who seek the truth; I flee from those who have 'found' it.

      by SERMCAP on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 06:44:45 PM PST

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      •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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        Mas Gaviota

        Your logic escapes me here.  It seems to me that South Vietnam didn't want to be communist.  At the time of the separtion of Vietnam into North and South, the North Vietnamese murdered some 8,000 "class enemies" (shades of the Khmer Rouge?) and threw a large number of other people into reeducation camps.  These were not good people any way you slice it and a good portion of the country didn't want any part of it.

        Diem was not a great leader and that is putting it mildly, but having a lack of qualified leaders is something of a hallmark of countries throwing off imperial rule (France, not us) so this is unsurprising.

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