Hey, Ho! Let's go! Hey, Ho! Let's go!
Backup joke: Liberator from Colonialism? He looks like he was Liberated from Colonial Sanders.
I fully expect Dictator week to satisfy my interest in Stalin, Franco, and Castro. In no particular order.
|Born in the RSR |
I must say that was the catchiest dictator theme-song I've ever heard.
I am gonna have to go with:
|Oscar Wildcat |
Really? If Uncle Ho is here, let's not forget that great dictator George Washington.
Ho Chi Minh! Shoot a load on your chin!
Its all funny, except that Ho Chi Minh was not a dictator.
|Unmerciful Crushing Force |
Honestly, part of the reason I uploaded and labeled this video as such is because I'm moving to Vietnam later this year and wanted to hear some dialogue about him. He is rarely if ever referred to as such but it's clear that he wielded (and still wields) a lot of unquestioned power and respect yes much the same way that Washington does. Yet there was a lot of bad shit that went down under his watch.
So let's hear it poeTVers.
Jet Bin Fever
You know. I went to the Ho Chi Minh museum in Hanoi, his mausoleum (SUPER CREEPY), and some other touristy type HCM things in the country, and I left just feeling very confused about the whole thing. Naturally, the party version of everything is that he was a godlike man who fought tirelessly for his people. And true, he doesn't seem all that bad. But, there are some really bad things that others under him did, that he undoubtedly knew about too. So, I think the guy may have chosen to ignore the human rights issues in order to try his damnedest to keep the separated country together.
An interesting anecdote is that HCM wanted after his death for his cremains to be spread in the South, Middle, and North Vietnam to show its unity, but naturally the party chose to build him an incredibly garish mausoleum and put his mummified corpse in it on eternal display. It seems really sad.
Good luck moving to Vietnam. I woke up every morning there coughing black shit out of my lungs from all the pollution. And the noise from the motorbikes starts up early and doesn't stop till late at night.
Jet Bin Fever
Oh! And eat all the dragonfruit you can. Man, I miss dragonfruit.
|Born in the RSR |
In 1946, future Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Ho Chi Minh stayed at the same hotel in Paris, and became very friendly. Ho Chi Minh offered Ben Gurion a Jewish home-in-exile in Vietnam. Ben-Gurion turned the offer down, however, telling Ho Chi Minh: "I am certain we shall be able to establish a Jewish Government in Palestine."
In 1987, UNESCO officially recommended to member states that they "join in the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of President Ho Chi Minh by organizing various events as a tribute to his memory", considering "the important and many-sided contribution of President Ho Chi Minh in the fields of culture, education and the arts" who "devoted his whole life to the national liberation of the Vietnamese people, contributing to the common struggle of peoples for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress." However, this was met with an uproar amongst some overseas Vietnamese, especially in North America, Europe and Australia, who criticize Ho as a Stalinist dictator and for the human rights abuses of his government.
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