|Huey and Byron Edgington|
“All men are created equal. They are endowed with their creator with unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”Thomas Jefferson, right? The American Declaration of Independence. Right?
Uncle Ho, as his countrymen called him, fashioned his own declaration after America’s. As the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh wished to work with the American government to secure Vietnam’s independence from France, and to unite his war-torn country. Our leadership refused his petitions for assistance, because Ho Chi Minh referred to himself as a communist.
Under the category of "Things I wish I’d known fifty years ago", I add the biography of Ho Chi Minh. This semester, I'm enrolled in a course at Ohio State called The History of the Vietnam War.
|Ho Chi Minh - 1946|
In addition, the more I study that ill-fated adventure, the more I look at current engagements with increased skepticism. George Santayana once said,
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."Perhaps our schools would do well to teach students more about our misadventures than otherwise, especially those involving foreign leaders who reach out to us, only to be turned away in their time of need ...
|Author, Byron Edgington|
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A Return to Vietnam
The War That Will Not Let Us Rest
War: A Waste of Youth
The Right Seat is the Wrong Seat
Jim, Frank, and The Snake
Smokey, The Alcoholic Pup
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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