Friends of Uncle Ho

It was one thing, writes Dalrymple, to oppose the Vietnam War

because you thought it was futile and ethically worse than not fighting it (not necessarily true, but at least an honest opinion),

quite another

because you thought that Uncle Ho was a good man who was leading his people to freedom and prosperity.

The latter is something that you could believe

only by employing all the human mind’s capacity for special pleading and self-deception.

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