By lex, on June 22nd, 2007
Sometimes decisions in international diplomacy are fraught with consequence and every action seemingly has as much going against it as it does to recommend it. Other times ** it’s easy:
When American GI’s returned from the Vietnam War, some tried to smuggle home the skulls of Vietcong and North Vietnamese soldiers. The graffiti-covered skulls served as ashtrays, candle holders and trophies. Six skulls were seized by the Customs Service. They remain in limbo, relegated to a drawer on the campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
At a time when President George W. Bush plans to chastise the Vietnamese leader about human rights abuses, a question confronts his own administration: Should we return the Vietnamese trophy skulls?
Absolutely, we should give them back.
I mean, it’s a no-brainer.
** 08-09-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.