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Saturday, April 30, 2005


Today, NPR's Weekend Edition celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon by opening the show with a quote from the NVA general who commanded the tanks that rolled in:
Today is a victory over the [long departed] Americans; no patriotic Vietnamese has anything at all to fear.
Period. End of story. On with the show.

Not a balancing quote or observation; not a word about the fate (or numbers) of those who were insufficiently patriotic by the general's lights. No purges, no re-education camps, no boat people – all vanished without a trace down NPR's memory hole.

Those who rewrite history are condemned to repeat it continually, lest someone question their authority.

For a re-appraisal that uses the passage of time as an opportunity for examining past assumptions, see A Mind is a Difficult Thing to Change. Then think back (and forward) for yourself.

posted by Kelly | 2:30 PM link