I just found this wonderful littl blog called Intellectual Conservative that’s the kind of blog I’ve been trying to make this one into for years; thoughtful, analyzing, and just far enough off-center that you get a different view from every other political blog out there.
One post really caught my eye; in particular because of the damning ramification it has historically. Was the Vietnam war instigated by the Communist Chinese? Was the war entirely unneccesary? Did thousands of Americans die because of Chines agression in Indochina.
Could it possibly be true that . . . Ho Chi Minh — the father of Vietnamese Comunism — was aChinese plant?
Anyone who lived through the 1960’s, or who has studied its history knows Ho Chi Minh as the man responsible for first driving the French out of Indo-China, leading to the separation of Vietnam into northern and southern halves and eventually causing the Vietnam War, and the United States’ participation therein. For many members of the political left Ho remains a symbol of something they cherish – the defeat of America.
Recently, in an account with interesting parallels to the current US birth certificate controversy, a story has emerged to the effect that Ho Chi Minh had died in China in 1932, and that he had been replaced by a Chinese impostor. According to unidentified sources a document certifying Ho’s death exists in England, and the current Vietnamese government has been working overtime to suppress any knowledge of this reaching the population at large. They are afraid of a popular revolution.
First, there is a centuries old antagonism between Vietnam and China because the Chinese invaded and occupied Vietnam on numerous occasions. The Vietnamese always resisted, and much popular folklore evolved over this resistance, similar in some ways to the story of William Wallace in the film “Braveheart.”
Secondly, the even though many Vietnamese were angered at Ho over the institution of an authoritarian or “communist” government, he is still admired for his role in resisting the French colonial government after World War II. If this legend turned out to be based on a Chinese and not a Vietnamese nationalist, it would create certain animosity because of the past history with China.
This leads us to the third issue, which is the continuing border dispute between Vietnam and China leading to, according to some sources, Vietnam giving up possession of significant amounts of territory. Probably the most important losses are the islands of Truong Sa and Hoang Sa (two of the Paracel Islands) in an oil-bearing region, and which were controlled by South Vietnam before 1975. Exploitation of these oil fields would provide significant economic benefits to Vietnam, which the nationalists would rather develop without Chinese involvement.
Having a significant aspect of its history brought into question and perhaps discovering that so much of it involves in impostor could well throw the nation into turmoil similar to that of the 1960’s. This is not something that the Hanoi government wants, but with a significant number of people looking for the truth, they may have to confront it, sooner or later.
There’s a lot more there in excellent detail. Hurry up and read it.