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Sensitivities over Long-Tan reunion in perspective

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It is important to put the Long Tan reunion into perspective.

Brendon Nelson was ‘flabbergasted’ that the thousand visiting Aussie veterans were told to tone down their reunion celebrations.

How might we feel if a foreign force, for no just reason, invaded Mullumbimby and killed 250 locals, lost relatively few of their own, then came back 50 years later to celebrate their ‘victory’.

With over two million fatalities, every Vietnamese family carries the scars of the ‘American War’.

As with Iraq, our invasion of Vietnam put Australia on the wrong side of history.

Considering the unjustifiable hell we subjected them to for so many years,
the Vietnamese are enormously friendly, gracious and forgiving people.

Perhaps there is a deeper lesson here for our war-loving nation.

With apologies to the Bundjalung people.

Michael Balson, Upper Wilson’s Creek


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