Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Old Soldiers Sometimes Do Not Fade Away

General Vo Nguyen Giap, who led Vietnam to victory over
both France and the United States. Kham/Reuters

War Hero In Vietnam Forces Government To Listen -- New York Times

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam’s great war hero, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, has stood up to defend his country once again, this time against what he says would be a huge mistake by the government — a vast mining operation run by a Chinese company.

Now 97, the commander who led his country to victory over both France and the United States has emerged as the most prominent voice in a broad popular protest that is challenging the secretive workings of the country’s Communist leaders.

In an unusual step, the government has taken note of the criticisms in recent weeks and appears to be making at least gestures of response, saying it will review the project’s environmental impact and slow its full implementation.

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My Comment: At 97 he still wears his uniform. Sheeessshhhh .....

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