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Unity: Moving Vietnam Forward

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by Ian Pham

Fresh off the discussions and debate sparked by the previous post, it seems appropriate that we now discuss what is best for Vietnam’s future.  First off, it is clear that the old Communist Party, along with their police state apparatus, must go.  Whether it be from sweeping reforms throughout the Party, or a flat out ousting of the Party, the old Communist system does not work.  The people of Vietnam need freedom, the freedom to express themselves, to share their ideas, and to openly disagree with their government.

How do we attain this freedom?  There are countless ways.  However, regardless of how the people achieve the freedom they require, there are some fundamental principles that need to be present.  The most important principle, and I’ve said this countless times, is for the people of Vietnam to be united.  Only in unity can Vietnam overcome its many different obstacles.  Unity has helped keep Vietnam alive through 4,000 years of Chinese invasion, and two centuries of western invasion.

One cannot predict what all the factors will be in bringing change to Vietnam, that will only become clear when the time comes.  However, one can rest assured that without unity, all other factors are insignificant.  In order to defeat the two goliaths of the Vietnamese people, that is the VCP and the PRC, the people of Vietnam must stand together.  As one unitary force, unfettered by fear or self-interest, the people of Vietnam will defeat these two enemies, to bring Vietnam into a new era of freedom and prosperity.  This is what we call unity.

Unity will be the factor that brings down the Vietnamese Communist Party when it becomes clear that they can no longer govern, when they are too confused and divided to further subjugate the people.  Unity will then be the factor that helps Vietnam rebuild itself on the international stage, and realize its full potential as a righteous and prosperous nation.  When push comes to shove, unity will then be the factor that pushes Vietnam to new heights in the face of Chinese aggression.  In Vietnam’s history, unity has always been paramount, and that is something that will never change.

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For Vietnam, Unity is the Strongest Weapon

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2011 by Ian Pham

It is no secret that the People’s Republic of China has spruced up its military muscle by leaps and bounds over the past two decades.  The army, as well as the navy have been given a complete overhaul.  With technology purchased from Russia, and even more acquired (stolen) from the United States, the Chinese Communists have gained enough military muscle to become the new juggernaut of the Eastern hemisphere.  Well, that’s the word going around anyway.  I admit that China’s army is technologically advanced, outnumbering Vietnam’s army dozens to one, but that does not mean that one should get discouraged or fall into despair.  Vietnam has all the means and potential to take on China, as you will soon see.

For a country like Vietnam, being the underdog is nothing new.  For centuries, millennia even, Vietnam has always had to endure the relentless advances of its gargantuan neighbour.  Since antiquity, reaching up to this day, China has tried to capture Vietnam.  They succeeded sometimes, only to fail in the very end.  Vietnam has fought against China since the dynasties of Qin, Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing, and everything in between.  Even the Chinese Communists have tried invading Vietnam in the past (1979), with varying accounts of success (they never reached Hanoi).  I’ve talked about all this before. but perhaps it is time that I elaborate on what I’ve said.

How did a small nation like Vietnam manage to stand up to a monster of a rival for such a long time?  There are many factors that can be considered in any case, but the one pivotal ingredient for every slice of victory achieved is simply this: Unity.  Regardless of the times, and regardless of the enemy, it was through unity that the people of Vietnam were able to defeat their enemies in countless battles across the reaches of time.  As a unitary force, the Vietnamese people have defeated the forces of Khubilai Khan, the colonists from France, and even the United States of America.  If the people of Vietnam were united today, the Chinese Communists will surely fail in their invasion of the country.

For those of you who feel nervous at the thought of China’s growing military muscle, fear not.  As I’ve stated in the past, military hardware can only go so far.  In the 60’s, the soldiers of North Vietnam fought against the full might of the United States military, coming out victorious in the conflict.  Now think about America’s army then and China now, not so bad right?  On the other hand however, we must also look at the leaders of Vietnam then and the leaders of now.  Realistically, from one’s personal observations, the leaders in the Vietnamese Communist Party have no chance of defending the country.  The VCP has become so corrupted, rotten to the core.  They have betrayed the country so many times in the past, that it is just not possible for any one man to make a true change for the better.

When I speak of unity, it falls into the hands of the common people of Vietnam.  It is from them that a truly fundamental change will come to the nation.  It is possible that their may be some infighting within the Party, and it is also possible that someone brave, pure, and capable might rise in the wake of this coming war.  However, one must be realistic in dealing with this China situation.  We cannot rely on the Communists of Vietnam to defend the country.  In order for Vietnam to prevail against China, we must be united at the foundation.  For the past several weeks, Vietnamese from all over the world have come out to protest against the Chinese invasion.  The government in Vietnam may try to suppress them, but it does not matter, for if the Chinese were to invade Vietnam, the VCP will be the first to go.

It does not matter what flag the people choose to run in this time of conflict.  From California to Paris, from Tokyo to Hanoi, the people of Vietnam have spoken.  The government of Vietnam may try to suppress the patriotism of the Vietnamese people, but in doing so, they are only digging their own graves.  Furthermore, in failing to defend Vietnam’s sovereignty, they are further diminishing what little legitimacy they have left.  Change is coming, that is undeniable.  Governments rise and fall, but the people are forever.  When united as one, there is nothing we cannot do.  Fearless, strong, and free, we will prevail.