Tuesday, October 21, 2003

A Volte-face and a Business as Usual
(You tell me which is which -- but you have to read the story)

"Vietnam Seeks to Move Past Reported U.S. War Crimes"

"HANOI (Reuters) - Communist Vietnam said Tuesday it wanted to move forward from its war past with America, following a U.S. newspaper report that an army unit known as Tiger Force may have committed war crimes.

"The Blade newspaper from Toledo, Ohio, reported Sunday that the unit killed scores of unarmed civilians, but an investigation was closed with no charges being brought.

"Asked to respond to the report, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that while the war with America, which ended in 1975, 'caused much suffering and losses to the Vietnamese people,' it wished to close the door on such events."