Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thoughts of the Day
South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu
The Paris Agreement was served on South Vietnam like a death warrant.
General Cao Van Vien
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, on or after August 15, 1973, no funds herein or heretofore appropriated may be obligated or expended to finance directly or indirectly combat activities by United States military forces in or over or from off the shores of North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.
I gave Thieu personally three letters from President Nixon committing us, in case of a violation of the Paris agreements by the other side, to come to their assistance. Well, the other side violated the agreements almost from the day they signed them... but we never came to their assistance, because the [Democrat dominated] Congress refused to appropriate the money. The result was, and as each day went by, the South Vietnamese had fewer guns, fewer planes, fewer tanks, diminishing ammunition with which to fight, while the North was being fully supplied by the Soviets and the Chinese. The result was inevitable.
Ambassador Elsworth Bunker
The price paid by the South Vietnamese in their long struggle to remain free proved grievous indeed. The armed forces lost 275,000 killed in action. Another 465,000 civilians lost their lives, many of them assassinated by Viet Cong terrorists or felled by the enemy's indiscriminate shelling and rocketing of cities. Of the million who became boat people an unknown number, feared to be many, lost their lives at sea. Perhaps 65,000 others were executed by their liberators. As many as 250,000 more perished in the brutal reeducation camps. Two million, driven from their homeland, formed a new Vietnamese diaspora.
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