Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Is Vietnam becoming a little China?

USA Today reports Nov. 27 in a story by Calum MacLeod, front page, that in Vietnam, the “capitalist” communist party now finds the Internet a “threat” much as does China.

The story notes that Vietnam underwent a Maoist style forced settlement of professionals and intellectuals to the countryside after the US was completely expelled in 1975 (“The Killing Fields”).

Is Vietnam, as unified, in about the same state that it would be in if the United States hadn’t sent a half million men to Vietnam and sustained 50000 deaths, with a divisive draft (and student deferments) in the 1960s?

I was “drafted” in 1968 bit escaped deployment because of “too much education”.

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