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Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth GPD NOBODY can say for certain when the Americans would reach their point of self- realisation. In recent years, however, this has not happened. The last time it had happened was in 1975 when Saigon fell. The American academia is still writing its books on that historic event. Nobody can beat it at that game. American academics have to write a book every couple of years and they have to champion some bright new theory of the world and reality every three years. They are deconstructing the world all the time. It is therefore only to be expected that this business of wiriting on Vietnam would go on for some more time. The Soviets, the Chinese and the Vietnamese and practically everyone else in the world have forgotten those years of insurgency, of fiery anti- imperialism. The Americans are back in Asia and with quite a bang, one must say. The second coming of the Americans in Asia was largely facilitated by the Chinese. Mao, Lin Biao, the gang of four and Deng Xiaoping have all been solicitous of them. The days of insurgency are way behind, almost forgotten. The Americans are still making sense of that experience. At no time in their history were they made to eat humble pie the way they were in Indochina. That was indeed the moment of truth.

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