A Comment on a Passage by Thich Nhat Hanh

by Mark Chmiel

During the superpower confrontation in Vietnam, while thousands and thousands of peasants and children lost their lives, our land was unmercifully ravaged.
–Thich Nhat Hanh, Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change

 

The land of northern and southern Vietnam was indeed unmercifully ravaged in the 1960s and 1970s, but neither by Communist China nor the USSR.  The land was devastated by the United States, the leader of the “Free World.”

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