Is the fight for a democratic Viet Nam finally starting?

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The BBC News online reports tonight that the People’s Republic of Viet Nam has just sentenced four Viet Namese high profile pro-democracy advocates to lengthy prison sentences.  They have been convicted of subversion against the state.  They are all outspoken critics of the government and very public supporters of democracy within Viet Nam. 

The man pictured here is Viet Nam’s most prominent civil rights lawyer, Le Cong Dinh who was one of the men who received the harsh sentencing.

The story is entitled Vietnam jails democracy activists for subversion . 

You know what?  It just may be that 35 years after American and allied troops left Viet Nam that the seeds that were planted by those troopers, sailors, marines and airmen serving in Indo China concerning free expression and democratic processes may finally be taking hold. 

Stranger things have happened. Who would have thought?

CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)

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