How Did Cold War Affect Popular Culture

1415 Words Nov 21st, 2010 6 Pages
VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE April 27th, 1975, North Vietnamese soldiers had finally reached the outskirt of the southern capital, Saigon. The war in Viet Nam that lasted 20 years is about to come to an end with communism taking over. It was all over, Saigon was surrounded by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. Presiden Nguyen Van Thieu resigned as president and gave his farewell speech and denounced the United States for failing in aiding the South before the North would later come into the city. North Vietnamese forces under the command of Senior General Van Tien Dung began their final attack on Saigon, which was commanded by Gerneral Nguyen Van Toan on April 29th, with a heavy artillery bombardment" …show more content…
The boat would then be filled with water to the point it will sink. The biggest threat, the biggest fear for every Vietnamese boat would be the Thai Pirates. Out at sea lurkes pirates, Thai pirates. "These pirates are not of the swashbuckling variety rather they are common thugs and murderers on the high sea" [vietka.com - Some Horrible Statistic]. They hurt people with women experiencing the worst of the violence. "In October 1983, pirates repeatedly raped 23 of 25 Vietnamese girls and women aboard a boat during a two-day attack" [vietka.com - Some Horrible Statistics]. "By the 1980s, hundred of thousands of Vietnamese refugees, while escaping from Vietnam, were massacred in the sea by these Thai fishermen turned pirates. The way they killed these refugess, which has been documented, was abnoxiously barbarous, and was certainly far more brutal than that of the Nazis or Pol Pot's clans" [vietka.com - Some Horrible statistics]. In many cases, Thai pirates used hammer, machete, or even guns to kill the entire boat, including children and women. At the time, while Western governments sent navy ships to rescue refugees and combat these pirates, the Thai government took no action and was obstructive to the rescue mission. None of these murderers were ever brought to face the weight of jusitce. The Thai government made no attempt to even prosecute them. Many