Captured Memorabilia ~ Hanoi, Vietnam
Nov 21 2001

I found it strange, but as moving as craters and ordinance and overgrown battlefields were, the empty bravado of slogans such as this one on the back of a jacket displayed in Hanoi's army museum, struck an equally powerful chord with me. Is it irony or justice that zippo lighters with this and other variations of battle cries engraved upon them are a popular souvenir with foreign visitors? The Vietnamese seem to have turned their every misfortune into profit - capitalism won where bombs failed. For more on how the "American War of oppression" affected me, see Hollywood Vs. History

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nigel & julie snow