This is an abridged Vietnamese version of an essay of mine that was published by VNExpress. The English version was published in February by VNExpress International. Happy reading in either language or both! Shalom (שלום), MAA
What Were They Thinking? My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand. The Buddha's Fifth Remembrance from his Five Remembrances (PDF download) I'm pretty sure What Were They Thinking? is going to be the subtitle of an article about the … Continue reading Albright & Powell to Speak at the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference: Say What?
Beyond Viet Nam: A Time to Break Silence, a speech Dr. King gave at the Riverside Church in New York City on 4 April 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated is always worth a read and a listen on this or any other day: text and audio. His friendship with Thích Nhất … Continue reading Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from Viet Nam!
I received a number of comments in response to my recent article entitled A “Patriotic” Education Study Abroad Program in Viet Nam: God Bless America, Right or Wrong!, mostly from US veterans of the war in Viet Nam, or "Vietnam-era" veterans. One who falls into the latter category decided to take it one step further … Continue reading The College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program to Viet Nam: A Vietnam-Era Veteran Responds
I liked most of this recent Time magazine essay by Viet Thanh Nguyen (VTN). (The title is the very definition of patriotism, by the way.) I was, however, troubled by the parts in bold italics in the following statements. It's as if he's trying to sugarcoat his message in an effort to make it more … Continue reading “I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It”
This is an essay I felt compelled to write about a US American study abroad program to Viet Nam that reinforces and indeed celebrates US nationalism. It is a textbook example of how not to structure such a program. The country of Viet Nam is but a sideshow, a prop that enables students and veterans to … Continue reading A “Patriotic” Education Study Abroad Program in Viet Nam: God Bless America, Right or Wrong!
Here are the concluding paragraphs of my latest CounterPunch piece. If you're interested in reading the essay in its entirety, follow this link. If Humpty Dumpty – as world view and personal identity – were to have a great fall, I’m afraid it would be exceedingly difficult for all of the king’s horses and men … Continue reading “Humpty Dumpty” As World View, Overseas Vietnamese-Style
Let's say you were a sniper in Iraq, and you had 20 confirmed kills. Years later, you realize the entire war was a Lie because Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with September 11th and Iraq never had any weapons of mass destruction and the U.S. Government knew it all along. So, as an American … Continue reading Political Incest
This 17 August 2018 CounterPunch article is the third in a trilogy. Here are the first and second articles. This should be my last word about this sad story. Pardon the nasty military metaphor but it's not nearly as nasty as some of the quotes from "one of the most influential figures in the US-Viet Nam relationship you’ve never heard … Continue reading “More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells”
Below are some thoughts about the US War in Viet Nam (the "Vietnam War") from Mike Hastie, a war veteran whom I had the privilege of meeting in Ha Noi. They were originally posted on the Vietnam Full Disclosure website in the context of the Burns/Novick PBS documentary, The Vietnam War. It is Mike's story … Continue reading The Great Truth Has Great Silence