Friday, June 22, 2007

What A Difference A Day Makes

Yesterday (AFP via Yahoo)
"NEW YORK (AFP) - Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet, on a landmark visit to the United States, was heckled Wednesday as he made a pitch for more investment to fuel his country's rapid economic growth. An American, believed to be a Vietnam war veteran, interrupted Triet's speech at the Asia Society in New York with shouts of "Free the POWs (prisoners of war). ... After the Vietnam War, which spanned most of the 1960s and continued until the fall of Saigon in 1975, several US war veterans had charged that Hanoi kept prisoners of war as a bargaining chip with Washington."

Today (N.Y. Times):

"When American G.I.’s returned from the Vietnam War, some tried to smuggle home the skulls of Vietcong and North Vietnamese soldiers. The graffiti-covered skulls served as ashtrays, candle holders and trophies. Six skulls were seized by the Customs Service. They remain in limbo, relegated to a drawer on the campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. "

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