White Boots Marching Through a Yellow Land
Trip Start Apr 15, 2012
24Trip End Jun 06, 2012
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Hoi An is described in Lonely Planet as a city mutually spared from damage and destruction and damage by mutual practice of the Americans and the VC. My Son was not so lucky.
This UNESCO historical site is pockmarked with bomb craters. There are 8 sites there -- the first site alone had 5 craters from 500 pound American bombs--WM stopped taking bomb pics after that.
There was an old man there selling little hand fans. He had one leg. WM approached to buy from him. Asked about his leg. He was a VC fighter, made it through the war without a scratch, then in 1983 was plowing his field and hit unexpolded ordinance that blew off his leg and killed his buffalo
In this blog I try to refrain from judging, however, I cannot comprehend the strategic wisdom of killing 2 million Vietnamese in that war and 40,000 since then through unexploded ordinance.
The old man wanted 20,000 for one fan. I would have given him 20,000 as minor war reparations, but I treated him like a man instead of a cause and bargained with him, getting two fans for 20,000.