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    Default Vo Nguyen Giap has died.

    Just discovered that he passed away a couple of days ago aged 102.

    He fought the Japanese, defeated the French and was of course the architect of the military defeat of the might US army by the forces of a small underdeveloped country. It ranks, to my mind, as one of the most astonishing achievements in history.

    Long may he be remembered.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4043588.html
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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    Default Re: Vo Nguyen Giap has died.

    He was a remarkable general indeed! RIP

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    Default Re: Vo Nguyen Giap has died.

    Ironic that the article describes someone who was standing up against colonial brutality and theft as "ruthless."

    He didn't talk about himself as being responsible for beating the French and the US. He credited the masses of people who fought and decided not to accept colonial rule : 3 million communists died.

    The so-called "red Napoleon" stood out as the leader of a ragtag army of guerrillas who wore sandals made of car tires and lugged their artillery piece by piece over mountains to encircle and crush the French army at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The unlikely victory, which is still studied at military schools, led not only to Vietnam's independence but hastened the collapse of colonialism across Indochina and beyond.
    Giap went on to defeat the U.S.-backed South Vietnam government in April 1975, reuniting a country that had been split into communist and noncommunist states. He regularly accepted heavy combat losses to achieve his goals.
    "No other wars for national liberation were as fierce or caused as many losses as this war," Giap told The Associated Press in 2005 in one of his last known interviews with foreign media on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the former South Vietnamese capital.
    "But we still fought because for Vietnam, nothing is more precious than independence and freedom," he said, repeating a famous quote by Ho Chi Minh.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Default Re: Vo Nguyen Giap has died.

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Ironic that the article describes someone who was standing up against colonial brutality and theft as "ruthless."
    His wife died under torture by the French, his sister-in-law was executed by them, and they killed his grandfather by dragging him behind a car. Now that's pretty ruthless ....
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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