Barack Obama met in The White House with Vietnamese Communist president Truong Tan Sang this week. Standing beside Sang with reporters, Obama made a statement that can be memorialized in our American textbooks and further assault the peace of mind of our Vietnam Veterans. Such a tiny thing…not.
“…we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”
— President Obama talking to reporters alongside Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Source: Fox News
Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam, was one of the founders of the French Communist Party. He is a complicated character to write about because so little is known about his origins, including family. He hated the French occupying his homeland, and as a result spent most of his life outside the country, some of that time in Moscow studying in the Lenin School.
If Ho Chi Minh admired our Founders in any way, it was due to our ability to break away from the colonial rule of the British, but in his time, paving the way for the egomaniacal cruelty that goes hand-in-hand with communism.
More recent history brings to mind the Vietcong of the Vietnam War era, which fought as Ho Chi Minh organized and taught:
The village chief and his wife were distraught. One of their children, a seven-year-old boy, had been missing for four days. They were terrified, they explained to Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt, because they believed he had been captured by the Vietcong.
Suddenly, the boy came out of the jungle and ran across the rice paddies toward the village. He was crying. His mother ran to him and swept him up in her arms. Both of his hands had been cut off, and there was a sign around his neck, a message to his father: if he or any one else in the village dared go to the polls during the upcoming elections, something worse would happen to the rest of his children.
The terror had its real beginning when Red dictator Ho Chi Minh consolidated his power in the North. More than a year before his 1954 victory over the French, he launched a savage campaign against his own people. In virtually every North Vietnamese village, strong-arm squads assembled the populace to witness the “confessions” of landowners. As time went on, businessmen, intellectuals, school teachers, civic leaders — all who represented a potential source of future opposition — were also rounded up and forced to “confess” to “errors of thought.” There followed public “trials,” conviction and, in many cases, execution. People were shot, beheaded, beaten to death; some were tied up, thrown into open graves and covered with stones until they were crushed to death, Ho has renewed his terror in North Vietnam periodically. Between 50,000 and 100,000 are believed to have died in these blood-baths — in a coldly calculated effort to discipline the party and the masses. To be sure, few who escape Ho’s terror now seem likely to tempt his wrath. During the 1950s, however, he had to quell some sizeable uprisings in North Vietnam — most notably one that occurred in early November 1956, in the An province, which included Ho’s birthplace village of Nam Dan. So heavily had he taxed the region that the inhabitants finally banded together and refused to meet his price. Ho sent troops to collect, and then sent in an army division, shooting. About 6,000 unarmed villagers were killed. The survivors scattered, some escaping to the South. The slaughter went largely unnoticed by a world then preoccupied with the Soviet Union’s rape of Hungary. Source: Reader’s Digest
Now Obama-sanctioned, watch Ho Chi Minh enter American history books as that sweet old man who simply wanted to take his country back.