October 5th 2002

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COVER STORY: Hurdles to the sell-off of Telstra

Queensland sugar protests grow

Turnbull contradicts Costello's new agenda

GERMANY: Floods, Iraq help Schroeder scrape back

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Goodbye to all that? Surely!

ECONOMICS: Globalisation: where is it going?

MEDIA: September 11: media's 'greed for tears' writ large

LETTERS: Vietnam commitment right (letter)

LETTERS: On our own terms (letter)

LETTERS: Democrats' suicide (letter)

LETTERS: Singapore (letter)

HISTORY: When we dead awaken

OBITUARY: Heroic Vietnamese cardinal Van Thuan dies in Rome

BOOKS:Demon of the Waters, by Gregory Gibson

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Vietnam commitment right (letter)

by Dr C.T. Bui OAM

News Weekly, October 5, 2002

I read with interest Mr Kenneth Gee's article published in News Weekly (September 7, 2002).

Yes, it was right that the communist propaganda apparatus is well known for its capacity to deceive the whole world. It was also right that during the war the communists used a combination of military force, subversion, propaganda and most importantly terrorism to overwhelm the South Vietnam government.

Mr Gee was also right when he said that Hanoi's communist comrades, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, had brought death to millions of their own compatriots. Finally, I agree that both General Cosgrove and Mr Malcolm Fraser are mistaken. It was right for Australia to be in Vietnam.

After 27 years under the Communist Government, Vietnam is still one of the poorest and most backward countries in the world. The oppressive policy is still applied; the violation of human rights has been much worse during the last two years.

There is still no freedom of religion, no freedom of expression, no freedom of the press and of association. So even if nobody likes to be associated with a lost war, Australia should be proud that it had been involved in that conflict to help the South Vietnamese people to fight to preserve freedom and democracy for their country.

Dr C.T. Bui,
Mt Gravatt, Qld

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