What I Learned in Viet Nam about Anti-War Demonstrations

There are anti-Iraq War demonstrations taking place around the country today. Which reminded me:

The War Remnants Museum in Saigon (as everyone still calls Ho Chih Minh City) had photos of anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations around the world — I don’t remember any of US demonstrations. The labels indicated that these showed the world’s solidarity with the Vietnamese.

But what I learned — not from my own experience, as I recall, as much as from David Lamb’s excellent book — is that the Vietnamese people understood that there was a difference between the US administration and the American people, and that they understood that it was the American people who pressured the government to end the war.

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