Friday, April 22, 2005

My monologue about the Vietnam War

I have not blogged about the Vietnam War at all in this blog. Most of the blog is about Iraq and the Middle East, my most recent dramatic experience. But as the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, April 30th, comes around, I will blog more about it. I ran across this piece by Viet Pundit on his opinion of anti-war protester and how it has evolved. He further pointed out to a few blogs by formerly anti-war activists who are now reassessing their position. Here is an essay by neo-neocon. It is part of her "A Mind Is A Difficult Thing To Change" series. I was quite moved. This is a very good start.

I too went through a similar evolution. I myself recently participated in another equally controversial war – the Iraq War – and had not completely digested my experience. The one single thing I have learned from my recent experience is that war is difficult to digest and comprehend. And often the participant is so close to the scene that it is difficult to see the big picture.

As far as Vietnam, what is done is done. Nothing can undo the suffering my family, I, and my fellow Vietnamese have endured. But it is still important to present our perspective of the war, a perspective which was and still is neglected and discounted by academe and society as a whole. And slowly, I hope that the Vietnam War will be look upon with a more objective eyes, and a fair and balance version of it will emerge. I also think it is important to approach those of opposite opinion, not with confrontation, but with understanding. It is easier said than done, and I will no doubt occasionally appear confrontational. It is after all a deeply emotional issue for me.


Blogger VietPundit said...

Looking forward to your thoughts on the Vietnam War. I just mentioned your blog on my blog.

BTW, if you were taking a vote on where to blog (Blogspot or Xanga), I would vote for Blogspot. Is it too much trouble to move all your stuff over?

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Blogger Pancho said...

Glad to find your site thru VietPundit. Welcome aboard and thanks for your service.

Vietnam Vet

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