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Posted: 12/23/2005 12:11:31 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Monday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said during an interview with WOAI radio in San Antonio, TX, “Of course, the South Vietnamese couldn’t manage to support their own country.”

“Dean’s comments are irresponsible and revisionist,” said California Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa), the first Vietnamese-American legislator in America. “Instead of undermining our war effort, Dean should focus on joining the rest of Americans in supporting our troops.”

“South Vietnam only fell after Congress lost the will to support our allies. Their terrible decision in 1975 has led to three decades of tyranny in that country, where freedom is persecuted and political choice doesn’t exist. This is something we can not let happen in Iraq. To maintain security in the region and to continue an aggressive prosecution of the War on Terror, American must continue to support the new government in Iraq and help them establish stability there.”

“I am particularly offended by Dean’s attempt to pull the Vietnamese people into his political strategy. Like the oppressed people from Cuba, the Vietnamese people have a strong love of freedom and democracy. Millions have died and more have been imprisoned trying to secure those freedoms.”

“After the January elections in Iraq I wrote:
‘I still mourn the dreadful situation in Vietnam, where human rights are crushed and freedom is a distant dream. Our loss there helps Sunday’s achievement to shine even brighter as a symbol of hope to the world.’

‘Sunday’s vote was a great step toward the promise of democracy, but only one step up the long stairway of a truly democratic society. Remember it took Japan and Germany about ten years to govern independently after their surrender in 1945 (it was four years before the first election in Germany). The progress in Iraq has been heart warming and should help us to reaffirm our values as this troubled nation continues the path to democracy.’”
“The terrorists are trying to win this war by challenging America’s spirit and returning us to a status where we just react to future attacks. They have succeeded in bringing the unwitting Dean to their efforts, but we can not just bury our head and wait.”

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