Friday, March 5, 2010

Still contentious, after all these years

Outside the former presidential palace in Saigon, since renamed Ho Chi Minh City, two tanks from the Vietnam War are parked. One was made in China and the other in the old Soviet Union.

During a recent visit to Vietnam, someone asked me to stand in front of one of those tanks for a photograph.

I refused.

I can't explain why other than it has something to do with my own experiences, loyalty to my country, and what those tanks represent.

Decades have passed since the end of that war, and yet it continues to conflict may of us. For more, see my column in Sunday's Herald.


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