Peace with Honor

imageWith the signing in January 1973 of the Paris Peace Accords formally titled the “Agreement on Ending War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam,” there would be an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of all U.S. troops and the return of all prisoners.

Finally, peace settled over Vietnam. Secretary of State John “Toss’em Over the Fence” Kerry imagewho recently brought Peace with Honor to Iran and the United States, also helped to bring P with H in Vietnam along with Jane Fonda, the imageVeterans Against the War imageand thousands of others who didn’t want to be drafted and have their college studies interrupted serving their country.

Peaceful John met with the serene North Vietnamese communists and discussed how the war should be stopped. Details as to what was discussed are not available nor are they available about the Iran negotiations. Anyway, harmonious relations arrived and the Democrats voted to cut off all U.S. funds for furthering any more strife in Vietnam.

North Vietnam still had about 145,000 troops in peace laden South Vietnam as all U.S. troops were withdrawn in March of 1973. President Nixon was caught lying about something and resigned the Presidency in 1974. imageAside from a few thunderstorms things were pretty peaceful in South Vietnam.

imageIn March 1975, North Vietnam, tired of all this peaceful crap, began an offensive to liberate South Vietnam from the oppression of harmonious relations. The Central Highlands were liberated after the South Vietnamese Army retreated in a disorderly and not very peaceful manner toward Saigon to help maintain the absence of strife in the southern part of Vietnam.

The North Vietnamese calmly captured the major cities of Hue and Da Nang in northern Vietnam. The Vietnamese army and the civilian population, in an amiable manner, headed south.

imageThe U.S. Embassy in Saigon was evacuated in April, and the Americans quietly and peacefully retired back to America as the North Vietnamese rudely knocked down the gates of the Embassy and conquered Saigon.image

imageMany Vietnamese feared a bloodbath, but this would not be like Hue in 1968 where army officers, religious leaders, intellectuals and businessmen were executed in an attempt to bring P with H to all of Vietnam. Instead, about 500,000 people would respectfully attend re-education camps for classes on peaceful co-existence, or become farmers, or work at hard labor, be humiliated, tortured and on occasion, in small groups, about 65,000 of those students of peaceful co-existence would be executed.

About 145,000 South Vietnamese in little boats left their country in 1975, another 6000 in 1976, and about 20,000 in 1977. Estimates say that about one third of these people, who were really tired of peace, perished at sea from starvation, drowning and pirates.

imageIn 1979, the Boat People increased in number to 100,000. 10 to 15 thousand people were leaving the serenity of Vietnam every month. By the year 2000, more than two million people left communist Vietnam to start a new life in a foreign land. They were sick of peace. Hundreds of thousands of Hmong and Montagnards also migrated to avoid the communist harmony and stability in Laos and Vietnam.

Kim Phuc was a little girl caught in an air strike and horribly burned by napalm. The photograph of her running down the road away from her village with her clothing burned from her body is known throughout the world. image
In time she recovered from her burns and was later accepted into medical school to become a doctor. But to further peace, the Communists removed her from her studies and used her as a propaganda or teaching tool. Kim grew tired of living in tranquility and promoting peace throughout the world and defected. She was granted asylum in Canada where she could live a normal life with everyday strife and quarrels, along with respect and dignity.

Did I mention the killing fields of Cambodia?image

I don’t remember, History is like that sometimes.

But isn’t it all so peaceful?