Friday, April 30, 2010
Giai Phong! 35 Years Since Saigon Liberated
Thirty-five years ago today the heroic forces of the South Vietnam National Liberation Front and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam smashed through the gates of the presidential palace of the South Vietnamese Republic and ended a cruel episode in history. The United States and its puppets were defeated after they sacrificed tens of thousands of their own soldiers and killed hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese. They had attempted to bomb North Vietnam back into the stone age, created a toxic ecological nightmare, and sowed the soil with unexploded munitions that are still taking innocent lives.
This photo shows an NLF field hospital in the 1960s. Say what you will about the plight of refugees in the years following the war or the lack of democracy in postwar Vietnam; but the heroism of the NLF shown here is breathtaking.