Happy 100th Birthday, General.

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

On the 25th August 2011, General Võ Nguyên Giáp celebrated his 100th birthday. The Carthaginian Solution is pleased to present its celebratory Birthday Menu for this Great Commander.

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General Giap’s 100th Birthday
Celebration Menu

General Võ Nguyên Giáp, aged 100

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Appetizer

Sushi & Sashimi Selection
Resistance to the Japanese Empire (1945)

Viet Minh guerilla units fighting against the Japanese in WW2

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Soup

Soupe à l’oignon (French Onion Soup)
Defeat and expulsion of the French colonists (1954)

French troops led into captivity at Dien Bien Phu, 1954

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Main Course

Las Vegas-style Surf ’n Turf
Defeat and expulsion of US forces (1975)

NVA tanks smashing into the US Embassy in Saigon, 1975

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Accompaniments

Khmer Rice and Beans
Crushed the genocidal Khmer Rouge (1978)

NVA takin’ care of business in Cambodia

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Dessert

Chinese-style Banana Fritters
Defeated the Chinese invasion of Vietnam (1979)

Vietnamese troops on destroyed Chinese tank.

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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.

Yes. Really.

Suggested reading: An interview with General Giap about his early years. Senior General Vo Nguyen Giap Remembers

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3 Responses to Happy 100th Birthday, General.

  1. sbarrkum says:

    Never knew about Vietnam having to shoulder the South Vietnam debts, i.e. essentially paying back the cost of the American war effort.

    Thats really nasty when you realize Ho Chi Minh supported the Americans against the Japanese during the second Word War
    “He (Ho Chi Minh) oversaw many successful military actions against the Vichy French and Japanese occupation of Vietnam during World War II, supported closely but clandestinely by the United States Office of Strategic Services”

  2. Mango says:

    Yes, the loan thing was shocking, wasn’t it? I guess the US couldn’t accept what happened and wanted ‘revenge’ on the victors. Gen Giap became a advocate of closer ties with the US. If you haven’t seen it, you must watch the brilliant “Fog of War” where Robert McNamara talks with brutal honesty about his life including how the US completely misunderstood the Nationalist aspect of Vietnam’s resistance to external invasions etc.

  3. jinbei says:

    There’s some crazy sad history going on in that part of the world. Was amazed when I found out how long Vietnam had to continue to try and fight off outsiders trying to get a piece. Bet the good General could never have imagined he’d make it this long!

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