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Welcoming 2012: Can The Communist Party Get Any Dumber?

Posted in Opinions, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Ian Pham

The more I think about the Communist regime in Vietnam, the less I am able to respect this poor excuse for a bumbling government.  It is simple enough, there is really nothing respectable about the Communists in Vietnam.  They sell out the country to foreigners, enrich themselves through the pockets of the people, and jail the patriots who speak out against the Chinese invaders. These are all well known among those of us who study the happenings of Vietnam today.  Once in a while however, the Vietnamese government would go even further to do something so mindnumbingly stupid, completely boggling the mind of anyone with a shred of common sense.

There are numerous examples in the last two years alone.  Just one year ago, last January, the Vietnamese government decided to attack American diplomat Christian Marchant.  Marchant was simply on his way to pay a visit to father Nguyen Van Ly, a known democracy activist and religious figure in Vietnam.  Marchant’s visit with Father Ly was by no means a threat to the government.  Yet they still felt compelled to send the police to corner and beat up the American diplomat.  As a result, U.S.-Vietnam relations were unnecesarilly strained, slowing down the process of normalization that Vietnam has been trying so hard to cultivate with America.

Earlier than that, in the fall of 2010, news circulated that the Vietnamese Communists have approved a movie deal with the Chinese, giving the Chinese full creative control over the life and times of the great Vietnamese emperor, Ly Cong Uan.  The historical accuracy of this movie was, to say the least, extremely poor.  The directors of the movie dressed up the emperor in Chinese robes, surrounded him with Chinese officials, and his palace is designed after Chinese architecture.  Furthermore, the movie is shot in China, and all the major characters were dressed and decorated like they were Chinese.  Luckily, the movie never saw the light of day, for fear of public outrage by the Vietnamese population.  They literally gave the Chinese a chance to further rewrite Vietnam’s history and almost succeeded.

Just a few months ago in October, the U.S. government wanted to cooperate with the Vietnamese government on a Vietnam War repatriation project.  The United States offered free financial support to the VCP as a show of good will, asking them to recover the bodies of all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  This includes not only North Vietnam, but American and South Vietnamese soldiers as well.  Unfortunately, because of their arrogance, the VCP rejected American support, refusing to repatriate the corpses of the South Vietnamese.  The war has been over for nearly 40 years, yet they still can’t move on.  This was an opportunity for the Communists to project to the world that they were dignified, progressive, and most importantly, valueing human life.  They had nothing to lose and so much to gain.  Sadly, they were too stupid to understand this, and blew another opportunity to improve their international image and get closer to the U.S., both of which are goals they have been desperately striving for.

The latest act of stupidity took place only several weeks ago with the recent visit of China’s future President, Xi Jinping.  In an attempt to cater to the next supreme leader of China, the Vietnamese Communists decided to greet the man with a modified Chinese flag.  The standard national flag of the People’s Republic of China has one big gold star surrounded by four smaller stars.  It is widely understood that the stars on the flag represent the Socialist aspects of the country, though that is not the full story.  Alternatively, and unoffically, the stars on the flag also represent the ethnic groups of China.  The large star represents the majority Han people, while the smaller stars make up the other ethnicities of the country: Xinjiang, Mongolia, Tibet, and Manchuria.  Upon Xi Jinping’s visit, the Vietnamese Communists added another small star to the flag.  What they meant by that gesture is pretty self explanatory.  After all, which country has China been trying to take all this time?

It gives me chills thinking about why the Communists in Vietnam would even think of adding another star to that Chinese flag.  The Vietnamese government has done some stupid things, and they do not show signs of getting smarter.  What I’ve mentioned above are just a few of many, and have only taken place within the past year or so.  It would be an understatement to say that Vietnam is in serious trouble, and another understatement to say that the country needs a change.  What can we expect from the Vietnamese Communist Party in 2012?  It is still unclear, they are so unpredictable and erratic, we can never know what they will do next.  It is very devestating that Vietnam is run by these individuals.  Please excuse my crassness, for if I didn’t know any better, I would say that this Socialist Republic of Vietnam is run by a bunch of retards.  Happy 2012!

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U.S. Diplomat Assaulted by Communist Police in Vietnam

Posted in Democracy Activists, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2011 by Ian Pham

Above: U.S. Ambassador Michael W. Michalak calls the police’s attack on Christian Marchant an “incident of grave concern” between the two countries.

Just this week, U.S. Diplomat Christian Marchant was attacked by several Vietnamese policemen while on his way to visit Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic Priest and prominent democracy activist.  If the allegations are true, Marchant was cornered by Vietnamese cops in the city of Hue, and subsequently thrown around and harassed by the Communist police.

As a result, the United States have released a formal protest against the Vietnamese government, recalling the American ambassador from Vietnam.  According to the New York Times, the U.S. ambassador Michael W. Michalak describes the Communist attack on Marchant as “an incident of grave concern.”  Sources also claim that the Communist police repeatedly slammed a door against the legs of the American diplomat.

Not only is this a disrespectful act on the Communists’ end, it is an embarrassment to the country as a whole.  The American diplomat is a foreign representative to the country of Vietnam and should not, under any circumstances, be subjected to that type of abuse.  An attack on a foreign representative signifies that the Vietnamese government clearly does not care about international law and human rights.  They blatantly disregarded international rules, crossing the line against a valuable potential ally.

What does this mean for U.S.-Vietnamese relations?  It is too soon to tell.  However, under these circumstances, one should not expect the U.S. government to show any leniency to the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Even I think that what the Communists did was over the line.  The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a government that does not respect human rights, and this latest act of stupidity just made it painfully clear in the eyes of all the world.

Just when one thinks that the Communist leadership in Vietnam could not get any stupider, they go and alienate their newest, most valuable ally.  The United States has turned a blind eye on human rights in recent negotiations in hopes that Vietnam would slowly learn and reconstruct.  It is now all too clear that these guys are way too dumb to make it happen, disrespecting international law to target Marchant, a man who should be treated with courtesy and respect, as he is a foreign representative.  The new relationship that the Communists have been working so hard to cultivate with the Americans is now hanging by a thread.  Idiots.