Vietnam Quotes

 Afghanistan has an eerie echo of Vietnam, when Australian soldiers were sent to fight the Vietcong. 
Author: Adrian D'hage
Nationality:    
 All you fellows who are so clamorous in your opposition to National Service, do you believe you would all get killed if you went to Vietnam? You say that 8000 lives are thrown away every year. I think there are only 80, as a matter of fact. 
Author: Sir Eric Archibald Willis
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 January 1922  - d. 10 May 1999
  
 Are we trapped in another Vietnam. 
Author: Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1917  - d. 28 February 2007
  
 I am afraid if the present trend in Vietnam continues, that direct confrontation, first of all between Washington and Peking, is inevitable. 
Author: U. Thant
Nationality: Burmese
b. 22 January 1909  - d. 25 November 1974
  
 I knew from the start if I left a woman I really loved - the Great Society - in order to fight that bitch of a war - in Vietnam, then I would lose everything at home. My hopes, my dreams. 
Author: Lyndon Johnson
Nationality: Burmese   
 If we were not in Vietnam, all that part of the world would be enjoying the obscurity it so richly deserves. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 Vietnam poisons everything. It has disrupted the economy, envenomed our politics, hurt the alliance, divided our people, and now it is interfering with this critical question of the arms race. 
Author: James Barrett Reston
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1909  - d. 6 December 1995
  
 New South Wales Chief Secretary: All you fellows who are so clamorous in your opposition to National Service, do you believe you would all get killed if you went to Vietnam? You say that 8000 lives are thrown away every year. I think there are only 80, as a matter of fact. 
Author: Sir Eric Archibald Willis
Nationality: Australian
b. 15 January 1922  - d. 10 May 1999
  
 On the Vietnam Moratorium demonstrations: Gendarmes finding demonstrators lying in the streets simply dragged them over the cobblestones to police trucks. Girls were dragged by their hair. To clear the area, fire hoses were turned on the demonstrators... It was the loveliest thing I have seen in my life. 
Author: Sir William Yeo
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1923  - d.  December 2000
  
 Perhaps things will go as horribly wrong as they did in Vietnam and any number of elsewheres. Perhaps young Arabs throughout the region and young Muslims throughout the world will not welcome another mighty display of US power and will hate the Americans - and those few countries that wholeheartedly endorse them - even more. So that the tragedy of the World Trade Center is echoed and amplified. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 The American invasion did not succeed in Vietnam and it will never succeed in Iraq. 
Author: Mohammed Aldouri
Nationality: Iraqi
b. December 1942
  
 The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice. 
Author: Marion Barry
Nationality: American
b. 6 March 1936
  
 The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 The war in Afghanistan has already begun to create a certain deja vu of the Vietnam variety. You can almost hear the hoots of laughter from Hanoi. 
Author: Mike Carlton
Nationality: Australian   
 This war in Vietnam is, I believe, a war for civilization. Certainly it is not a war of our seeking. It is a war thrust upon us and we cannot yield to tyranny. 
Author: Francis Spellman
Nationality: American
b. 4 May 1889  - d. 2 December 1967
  
 U.S.Army Captain to GI's on leave in Sydney during the Vietnam War: Prostitution is illegal in Australia, but don't let it worry you - everyone in Australia is real friendly. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn't understand.  
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam. 
Author: Marshall McLuhan
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 July 1911  - d. 31 December 1980
  
 And in the sixties, during the Vietnam war, when anarchists and pacifists and socialists, Democrats and Republicans, decent-hearted Americans, all recoiled with horror at the bloodbath, we came together. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 I would say that the Pentagon Papers case of 1971 - in which the government tried to block The New York Times and The Washington Post that they obtained from a secret study of how we got involved in the war in Vietnam - that is probably the most important case. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I follow only one party: the Vietnamese party. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 I'm very moved to be here today. Our lives are now much better, but Vietnam remains a very poor country. We need to work much harder. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 The object of my relationship with Vietnam has been to heal the wounds that exist, particularly among our veterans, and to move forward with a positive relationship,... Apparently some in the Vietnamese government don't want to do that and that's their decision. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 My mind-set is Munich. Most of my generation's is Vietnam. 
Author: Madeleine Albright
Nationality: American
b. 15 May 1937
  
 My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.  
Author: Sammy Davis Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 December 1925  - d. 16 May 1990
  
 You don't attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault. It's the same thing with psychotherapy. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 As for the failure of the Marxist regimes, first of all I do not consider the former USSR, or China, or even Vietnam, to have been true Marxist regimes, for they were far more concerned with their narrow national interests than with the Workers' International; this is why there were conflicts, for example, between China and the USSR, or between China and Vietnam. If those three regimes had truly been based upon Marxist principles, those conflicts would never have occurred. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless. 
Author: Jane Fonda
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1937
  
 I'm not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us! 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. They never called me nigger." 
Author: Muhammad Ali
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1942
  
 If you went to the C.I.A. and said "How is the situation today in South Vietnam?" I think they would say it's worse. You see it in the desertion rate, you see it in the morale. You see it in the difficulty to recruit people. You see it in the gradual loss of population control. Many of us in private would say that things are not good, they've gotten worse. Now while we say this in private and not public, there are facts available that find their way in the press. If we're going to stay in there, if we're going to go up the escalating chain, we're going to have to educate the people, Mr. President. We haven't done so yet. I'm not sure now is exactly the right time. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Let me go back one moment. In the Cuban Missile Crisis, at the end, I think we did put ourselves in the skin of the Soviets. In the case of Vietnam, we didn't know them well enough to empathize. And there was total misunderstanding as a result. They believed that we had simply replaced the French as a colonial power, and we were seeking to subject South and North Vietnam to our colonial interests, which was absolutely absurd. And we, we saw Vietnam as an element of the Cold War. Not what they saw it as: a civil war. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 What makes us omniscient? Have we a record of omniscience? We are the strongest nation in the world today. I do not believe that we should ever apply that economic, political, and military power unilaterally. If we had followed that rule in Vietnam, we wouldn't have been there. None of our allies supported us. Not Japan, not Germany, not Britain or France. If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better reexamine our reasoning. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 I formed the hypothesis that each of us could have achieved our objectives without the terrible loss of life. And I wanted to test that by going to Vietnam. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 "Mr. McNamara, You must never have read a history book. If you'd had, you'd know we weren't pawns of the Chinese or the Russians. McNamara, didn't you know that? Don't you understand that we have been fighting the Chinese for 1000 years? We were fighting for our independence. And we would fight to the last man. And we were determined to do so. And no amount of bombing, no amount of U.S. pressure would ever have stopped us." 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Norman Morrison was a Quaker. He was opposed to war, the violence of war, the killing. He came to the Pentagon, doused himself with gasoline. Burned himself to death below my office. He held a child in his arms, his daughter. Passersby shouted, "Save the child!" He threw the child out of his arms, and the child lived and is alive today. His wife issued a very moving statement: 'Human beings must stop killing other human beings.' And that's a belief that I shared. I shared it then and I believe it even more strongly today. How much evil must we do in order to do good? We have certain ideals, certain responsibilities. Recognize that at times you will have to engage in evil, but minimize it. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 I was proud of the youths who opposed the war in Vietnam because they were my babies. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 To win in Vietnam, we will have to exterminate a nation. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you canít do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. 
Author: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Nationality: American
b. December 1934
  




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