Happy 100th Birthday, General.
05/09/2011 3 Comments
Guided by this Great Commander’s leadership, an impoverished South-east Asian country survived the Japanese Empire, ejected its French colonial masters (shattering forever the myth of Western military invincibility), defeated the American invaders, re-unified their country, crushed the genocidal Cambodian communists and defeated a Chinese invasion.
Victorious NVA troops entering Saigon, 1975
General Giap’s 100th Birthday
Sushi & Sashimi Selection
Resistance to the Japanese Empire (1945)
Soupe à l’oignon (French Onion Soup)
Defeat and expulsion of the French colonists (1954)
Las Vegas-style Surf ’n Turf
Defeat and expulsion of US forces (1975)
Khmer Rice and Beans
Crushed the genocidal Khmer Rouge (1978)
NVA takin’ care of business in Cambodia
Chinese-style Banana Fritters
Defeated the Chinese invasion of Vietnam (1979)
Vietnamese troops on destroyed Chinese tank.
Suggested topics for after dinner conversation.
- The International community’s response to Vietnam’s R2P (Responsibility to Protect) exercise in Cambodia was “instead of backing Vietnam, most member countries of the United Nations denounced the Vietnamese use of force against Kampuchea, and even moved to revive the battered Khmer Rouge organisation that once governed the country with such brutality.”
- The distinct lack of whining by the Vietnamese about their massive civilian casualties or missing-in-action troops.
- How Vietnam was compelled to foot the bill for the bad debts incurred by the U.S.-backed Saigon regime.
Suggested reading: An interview with General Giap about his early years. Senior General Vo Nguyen Giap Remembers