Vietnam Protest Update
The protests in Vietnam are still going on, every sunday as a matter of fact. Even now, the people in Vietnam continue their display of national unity against the PRC. Paracel and Spratly are an integral part of Vietnam, something that the people will never let go without a fight. The Chinese government think they can move in on these islands easily, but they are sadly mistaken. The Vietnamese Communist Party may be afraid of the Chinese, but the people of Vietnam are not.
No one can tell how long these protests will go on for, either way, it is good for the country. It is rare for the government to let the people come together for a peaceful demonstration, and I judge them for not letting the people express themselves to the fullest extent. This patriotic display has the potential to spark some substantial change in Vietnam’s political landscape. Furthermore, this fledgling movement has the potential to change this uneven relationship between Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China. If the people of Vietnam were bred, nurtured, and utilized to build and defend the country, then this coming war with China may not be so inevitable after all.
The Communist Party in Vietnam are worried that if they were to utilize the strength of the Vietnamese people, it will ultimately lead to the fall of their autocratic rule. That is one way of looking at it, but they should consider the positives. Exiting in a peaceful and progressive manner would greatly reduce the amount of bloodshed that would surely come from a violent revolution. There are numerous scenarios of how the Communists could fall in the near future, and doing so with the modest support, or at least the sympathy of the Vietnamese population is much better than being ripped to shreds by a revolutionary force that has lost all sense of emotion and mercy for this tired and spineless regime.
Vietnam’s Communist government is riddled with problems, both politically and economically. The deplorable human rights record, double-digit inflation that is only getting worse, intimidation and aggression by the Chinese military, and discontent among the population back home. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and any of these can act as a catalyst that sparks the eventual collapse of the Vietnamese Communist Party. This is the situation and the Communist Party are presented a choice. Either they get dragged out kicking and screaming by a bloody revolution (or worse yet, a Chinese invasion), or go respectfully (and I use that term loosely) and let the people decide peacefully. It will take a tremendous amount of courage for them to do the right thing, but in the end it will save their lives. They should think about that.