Monday, May 24, 2004

Catching Howard Zinn in a Lie 
I hate to refight the Viet Nam war, here, but I can't let this one slide.

Here's Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," in an essay published by The Nation.

The only rational argument for continuing on the present course is that things will be worse if we leave. In Vietnam, they promised a bloodbath if we left. That did not happen.

That, quite simply, is a contemptible lie.

In fact, following the fall of Saigon, at least 65,000 people, and possibly as many as 100,000, were murdered in the communist reeducation camp system.

And in addition, we have the monstrous Khmer Rouge, who took root with Viet Cong aid and who were sufficiently emboldened by the US pullout in Viet Nam to overthrow the Cambodian government in 1975 and went on to slaughter 1.5 million in just 4 years--an annual rate rivalling that of the slaughter of Jews during the Third Reich.

And Zinn's breathtaking intellectual cravenness here ranks him squarely in the same league with the Holocaust deniers.

Splash, out


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