With US Vice-President Kamala Harris bringing to Vietnam a tone-deaf ‘America is again’ message, after the horrific atrocities of the conflict the Vietnamese have to assume arduous if they’ll belief a worldwide empire, one veteran has instructed RT.
Harris is headed to Singapore and Vietnam on the finish of August within the hopes of bolstering “strategic partnerships” with the Asian nations. Her workplace has come underneath criticism for quoting the Joe Biden administration’s message that “America is again,” given the sordid historical past of the US involvement within the Vietnam Conflict.
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Mike Hastie, 76, served in Vietnam as a fight medic in 1970-71. His father was a profession US Military officer and he grew up on navy bases abroad.
“A part of me has a protracted reminiscence of what the US authorities did to Vietnam over 50 years in the past,” Hastie instructed RT, calling the conflict “horrifyingly brutal in opposition to the Vietnamese individuals,” with the US accountable for mass homicide and atrocities each day.
With each Washington and Hanoi apparently keen to place the previous behind them and pursue an financial relationship of mutual profit, the query is whether or not the Vietnamese “can belief the US authorities,” Hastie stated.
“The US is probably the most narcissistic nation on the earth. We’re terribly self-centered. Our total financial system is predicated on conflict,” he instructed RT. “We kill individuals for revenue,” from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, to Latin America and the Center East within the current day.
It all the time goes again to the US being a worldwide empire.
Individuals assume their nation is a democracy, Hastie added. “You can not, completely can’t be a democracy and a worldwide empire on the similar time. As a result of the US goes to 3rd world international locations and we destroy their democracy – so we will exploit them. That’s what we do.”
“I belief the Vietnamese that they know what they’re doing,” he concluded.
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Hastie first returned to Vietnam in 1994, and later made two extra journeys to the nation, in 2016 and 2018. Though Vietnam is formally dominated by the Communist get together, Hastie says the nation – and the youth specifically – has turn into very “westernized” by this level.
The US first obtained concerned in Vietnam in 1955. The 20-year clandestine, navy and political intervention is estimated to have claimed the lives of two million Vietnamese civilians.
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