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On This Day In History

April 30, 1975

Thirty-two years ago today, the Democratic Party in the United States watched as the their efforts to lose the Vietnam War and throw that country to the wolves finally reached fruition. Saigon fell ... and the purges and mass murders began. The violence spread to Cambodia and Laos and before long Southeast Asia became a bone yard filled with corpses and broken promises.

It was a Democratic President, Kennedy, who began the bloodbath by replacing advisors with troops on the ground. It was another Democratic President, Johnson, who ratcheted the war up to a point where over 50,000 American soldiers were killed. Finally, when a Republican President, Nixon, started to bring the war to a close and prop up the South Vietnamese government to allow them to continue the fight - the Democrat-controlled Congress cut him off at the knees, first with Watergate and subsequent distractions and finally by just flat-out denying any aid to South Vietnam.

After that final act of cowardice by the Democrats, the fall of South Vietnam was inevitable and as predicted, the “Killing Fields” were beginning. Shortly after the fail of Saigon, a Democrat was elected President and during his term our present crisis in the Middle East was triggered with the fall of the Shah in Iran and the establishment of a tyrannical, religious theocracy - as well as the rise to power of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Now, as we sit here thirty-two years after the fall of Saigon, we find that we haven’t learned a damn thing. We’re still allowing the Democratic Party to get us involved in foreign wars costing billions of dollars and thousands of soldiers’ lives - and then watch them turn their mess into a political weapon by blaming the Republicans. The conflict in Iraq didn’t begin with George W. Bush. It began with Jimmy Carter. It just took a few years to all come to a head.

So now we have come full circle. Bill Clinton sat on his ass and did little or nothing to avert the current crisis. Yet, Democrats have the audacity to blame Bush for Carter’s Folly? We are now seeing the same thing in the Middle East that happened in Southeast Asia. The Democrats are gearing up to declare surrender and run away from another mess they gave birth to.

The only question left in my mind is when the NY TIMES will have a front page story about the evacuation of the American Embassy in Baghdad as Iranian tanks roll into that city to begin the purge of the Sunni population. Will Iran annex Iraq or will they just set up a puppet regime in Baghdad? How will the Saudis react to a strong Shia neighbor on their borders? What about Israel? Iran will have nukes by then if their present course holds up? Will Armageddon begin?

It may not come to all this. I’m just projecting a worst-case scenario. The point is the hypocritical, cowardly, partisan, political hacks in the Democratic Party will have done it to us again and our international credibility will be gone with the wind. Unfortunately, we are a nation with a short memory so the Democrats will just blame Bush and wait for their next chance to further destroy America. In a few years, the Democrats’ perfidy will be forgotten and drowned out by constant repetition of “It was Bush’s war” by the Left.

No one today remembers January 16, 1979 and what began with a flight out of Teheran of a single airplane carrying a passenger who had been our ally for decades and who was refused asylum in the US by President Carter and who eventually died in Egypt. No one remembers the Fall Of Teheran and the domino effect that caused in the region. No one except Democrats, that is. On that day, the cycle began that would eventually bring us to another “Vietnam Moment” for the Party Of Treason.

If the Iraqi people would only look at what happened on this day in history thirty-two years ago, they might be inclined to work a little harder to get their act together before the Democrats in America stick a knife in their backs. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Over and over and over and ....

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Saigon, South Vietnam (NY TIMES) - April 30, 1975 - Communist troops of North Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam poured into Saigon today as a century of Western influences came to an end.

Scores of North Vietnamese tanks, armored vehicles and camouflaged Chinese built trucks rolled to the presidential palace.

The President of the former non-Communist Government of South Vietnam, Gen. Duong Van Minh, who had gone on radio and television to announce his administration’s surrender, was taken to a microphone later by North Vietnamese soldiers for another announcement. He appealed to all Saigon troops to lay down their arms and was taken by the North Vietnamese soldiers to an undisclosed destination.

[Soon after, the Saigon radio fell silent, normal telephone and telegraph communications ceased and The Associated Press said its sire link to the capital was lost at 7 P.M., Wednesday, Saigon time (7 A.M. Wednesday, New York time).

[In Paris, representatives of the Provisional Revolutionary Government announced that Saigon had been renamed Ho Chi Minh City in honor of the late President of North Vietnam. Other representatives said in a broadcast monitored in Thailand that former Government forces in eight provinces south of the capital had not yet surrendered, but no fighting was mentioned.]

The transfer of power was symbolized by the raising of the flag of the National Liberation Front over the presidential palace at 12:15 P.M. today, about two hours after General Minh’s surrender broadcast.

Hundreds of Saigon residents cheered and applauded as North Vietnamese military vehicles moved to the palace grounds from which the war against the Communists had been directed by President Nguyen Van Thieu, who resigned April 21, and by President Ngo Dinh Diem, who was killed in a coup in 1963.

Broadcasting today in the early hours of the Communist take-over, the Provisional Revolutionary Government’s representatives said:

“We representatives of the liberation forces of Saigon formally proclaim that Saigon had been totally liberated. We accept the unconditional surrender of Gen. Duong Van Minh, President of the former Government.”


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