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Remembering Our Communist Enemies

July 31st, 2010

Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal (July 27th) reminded us of some statistics that should be kept at hand next time someone uses the U.S. experience in Vietnam as an example of an unjust or unjustified war.

From WikiLeaks to the Killing Fields

All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.

We should remember that this butchery was committed by our communist enemies against their own people. And we should remember that this occurred after the U.S. hastily retreated from a war it was reluctant to actually win.

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