Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Pity the warrior that kills all his foe." ~ Seyetik and Sisko, citing a fragment of G'Trok's Fall of Kang

"Those who wish to seize Vietnam, must kill us to the last man, woman, and child."
~ Hồ Chí Minh

Vietnamese deaths during the Vietnam war were somewhere around 5,000,000

For every enemy soldier killed; four civilians were killed.

Vietnam population in 1960 was ~ 35.000,000. This means that the war killed about 14 percent of the total population of Vietnam.

The population of the United States in 1960 was ~ 180,000,000.
14 percent of 180,000,000 is 25,000,000.

Proportionally, this would have been like killing every man, woman and child in:

West Virginia,
New Mexico,
Rhode Island,
South Dakota,
North Dakota,
New Hampshire,
District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico,
Northern Mariana Islands,
US Virgin Islands,
Midway Islands,
and Wake Island.

Does not include Cambodians, Laotians and the multi-million Khmer Rouge genocide.

All men are created equal. The Creator has given us certain inviolable Rights: the right to Life, the right to be Free, and the right to achieve Happiness.
~ Hồ Chí Minh, 1945, as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was created

If there has to be a blood bath, let's get it over with.
~ Ronald Reagan, Vietnam

It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.
~ Unnamed U.S. Major
about the decision to bomb Bến Tre regardless of civilian casualties

You will kill ten of our men, and we will kill one of yours, and in the end it will be you who tire of it.
~ Hồ Chí Minh

Over breakfast coffee we read of 40,000 American dead in Vietnam. Instead of vomiting, we reach for the toast. Our morning rush through crowded streets is not to cry murder but to hit that trough before somebody else gobbles our share.
~ Dalton Trumbo

If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too.
~ Katherine Anne Porter

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
~ George Bernard Shaw

I spent thirty-three years in the marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.
~ General Smedley Butler, Marine

Those who hate and fight must stop themselves; otherwise it is not stopped.
~ Spock, Day of the Dove

I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong ... No Vietcong ever called me nigger.
~ Muhammad Ali, stripped of boxing title, convicted of a felony for refusing to serve during the Vietnam War

Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.
~ Duke of Wellington

I can envision a small cottage somewhere, with a lot of writing paper, and a dog, and a fireplace and maybe enough money to give myself some Irish coffee now and then and entertain my two friends.
~ Richard Van de Geer, last name on the Vietnam War Memorial

I did not know how to say goodbye. It was harder still, when I refused to say it.
~ Native American saying