One might recall that following the defeat of the Royal forces in the American Revolution, many Tories also fled - and many of them to Canada. Some American slaves who fled, eventually were provided a new land of their own in West Africa by the British.
After the American Civil War, some Confederates fled to South America rather than remain in the harsh United States run by Republicans. And if the Communist govt. of VN is intolerant of the anti-Communists some 40 years after war's end, just think how intolerant many Americans are when they see a Confederate flag waying - and this is 150 years after the end of our Civil War.
In Civil Wars, people fought on both sides, often with great courage and determination. One side lost. The sooner ponder Lincoln's words in his 2nd inaugural, with malice toward none and charity toward all, perhaps we can then improve relations between all those in a nation, and between nations.
The VN Government of 2015 clearly refused to acknowledge why those who fled in 1975 might have grievances. And the comment section of this article revealed how much many of the exiles still hated the Communist government in Vietnam, even in 2015. On this anniversary of the defeat of the South Vietnamese government, and the victory for reunification under the Communists, I think it appropriate to quote from a speech delivered at the conclusion of another civil war. The following is from Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address, delivered 4 March 1865. One hopes in time we may all learn from Lincoln’s spirit.
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”