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Location: Masterton, New Zealand

I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Vietnam - First the French tried to stop the Red tide, aided by the U.S.A. Then America, aided by Australia and New Zealand. Millions killed and maimed on all sides and the consequences are still with us. Yet, on this day in 1977, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was admitted to the United Nations.
The old cliche about the "futility of war" is oft repeated (oft by the mealy-mouthed hypocrites who sell us wars in the first place), but can you think of a better illustration?
Sorry folks - can't keep it "lite" all the time.

Footnote: For some inhabitants of Vietnam it seems the war is not yet over.


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