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If Ho Chi can, can’t Kim II?
No one ever thought that Vietnam could be unified; Nixon least of all
14/05/2009

Can you ever, in your weirdest dreams, imagine the merger of North and South Korea? It’s easy to spin examples of Germany and draw similes, but then, Germany is in the developed west and not at all comparable to South Asian realities. Really, if the same question were to have been asked in early 60s about Vietnam – the closest mirror image then – the answer would have been a unanimous no. Today, there is one Vietnam. And truly so, if Ho Chi Minh could, why can’t Kim Jong II do the same now?

From 1954 to 1975, communism dominated North Vietnam while the US-backed South Vietnam was in a perennial state of conflict, with a primary aim to prevent the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, yet wanting to adopt the concept of being socialist state. It is a known fact that southern Vietnam used toxins such as napalm and Agent Orange during the war; and thus eventually forced social unrest to happen.

Thanks to the anti-war movement, the US Congress passed the Case-Church Amendment to prohibit the US military intervention in Vietnam and thus reduced aid to South Vietnam in 1974. And when there was no US response to a successful communist attack in 1975, South Vietnamese morale collapsed and finally unconditionally surrendered on April 30, 1975 (surrender of Saigon). But rather than marginalising and discriminating southerners, Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh integrated even non-communist South Vietnamese into the ruling party by 1976. In fact, by mid 1976, communist Vietnam had actually become the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The question is, does it require a war to unify Korea? Not at all. What it requires is a splendiferous vision; for when it comes to political history, vision is about making the impossible happen. Ask yourself, why can’t you ever think of US and Russia unifying? It’s the vision, dear, just the vision...

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