Here’s my latest essay for CounterPunch. If you like this excerpt, follow this link to read the article in its entirety!
I recently penned an essay about the scourge of environmental pollution in Viet Nam that was published by a major media outlet. Shortly after posting the article on LinkedIn, Mr. Pierre, a Frenchman living in Viet Nam, left a comment that left me dumbfounded: I am a French citizen… As France is a former colonial country, I cannot blame Vietnam even when I dislike.
In other words, because Mr. Pierre has the passport of a former colonial power that brutally exploited Vietnam and its people until it was decisively defeated at the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ in 1954, he doesn’t have the right to constructively criticize anything that is happening here in 2021.
Vietnam and presumably other countries that France colonized get an unlimited pass on any societal problem, big or small. What does that have to do with the existential problem of air and water pollution? You guessed it: absolutely nothing.
Shalom (שלום), MAA