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May 31, 2006

Vietnam War Myths

By word of mouth repetition, by slovenliness about checking facts, by fitting in with ideological propensities, erroneous "facts" may in time become furniture of the mind. Such are that Hitler was elected democratically (he lost both elections in which he ran and "was appointed Chancellor"), or that Stalin killed 20 million (he killed about 43 million). One such erroneous fact is that the Vietnam War was a Civil War.

This idea was very much promoted by the "anti-war" crowd and the Vietnam propagandists, for if true it meant the United States had no business interfering in an internal Vietnamese conflict, and it justified the North's total takeover of South Vietnam in 1975. However, that Vietnam was one country is not historically correct.

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Posted by Rudy at May 31, 2006 5:29 PM

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