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    Ex-senator’s war record has Vietnam debating his fitness to lead new university

    BANGKOK — The appointment of former senator Bob Kerrey to lead a new US-backed university in Vietnam has set off a sharp debate among Vietnamese over whether he should be disqualified because of his part in killing women and children as a Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War.

    “While the Vietnamese are willing to let bygones be bygones,” Ton Nu Thi Ninh, Vietnam’s former ambassador to the European Union, said by e-mail, “the decision to appoint Bob Kerrey to be chairman of the board of the first American-style university in Vietnam strikes me as insensitive to the Vietnamese at best, and taking us for granted at worst.”

    The university, Fulbright University Vietnam, the first independent, private university in Vietnam, made news after President Obama announced its opening during a visit to Vietnam last week.

    Kerrey admitted 15 years ago that he and the team of commandos he led in the Mekong Delta in 1969 killed innocent women and children during a midnight raid in the village of Thanh Phong. Survivors of the attack said 20 civilians were killed, including 13 children and a pregnant woman. Kerrey was awarded a Bronze Star after his squad falsely reported that it had killed 21 Viet Cong guerrillas.


    Full Story: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/wor...BwO/story.html
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    Originally posted by DeltaOne View Post
    Ex-senator’s war record has Vietnam debating his fitness to lead new university

    BANGKOK — The appointment of former senator Bob Kerrey to lead a new US-backed university in Vietnam has set off a sharp debate among Vietnamese over whether he should be disqualified because of his part in killing women and children as a Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War.

    “While the Vietnamese are willing to let bygones be bygones,” Ton Nu Thi Ninh, Vietnam’s former ambassador to the European Union, said by e-mail, “the decision to appoint Bob Kerrey to be chairman of the board of the first American-style university in Vietnam strikes me as insensitive to the Vietnamese at best, and taking us for granted at worst.”

    The university, Fulbright University Vietnam, the first independent, private university in Vietnam, made news after President Obama announced its opening during a visit to Vietnam last week.

    Kerrey admitted 15 years ago that he and the team of commandos he led in the Mekong Delta in 1969 killed innocent women and children during a midnight raid in the village of Thanh Phong. Survivors of the attack said 20 civilians were killed, including 13 children and a pregnant woman. Kerrey was awarded a Bronze Star after his squad falsely reported that it had killed 21 Viet Cong guerrillas.


    Full Story: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/wor...BwO/story.html
    Original article (2001) on Kerrey at Thanh Phong
    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/25/ma...l?pagewanted=1

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    • #3
      wow, how'd they pick him?
      Guess I can understand some hard feelings about it.
      (Kerrey's Bronze Star really shows off our Medals and Awards system)
      Happy just to be alive

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      After they've tried everything else
      Winston Churchill

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      • #4
        Well, considering that Ambassador Ton Nu Thi Ninh is from a prominent Hue clan related to the former emperor Bao Dai, and had relatives on both sides of the war, perhaps she can shed some light on the much larger massacre of civilians in Hue during Tet '68. And if the current Vietnamese government is willing to own up to their part in those massacres, then Bob Kerrey should withdraw from the position.

        Otherwise, whoever is funding this university should tell the VN government that it's Kerrey or no one.
        dit: Lirelou

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