Ngo Dinh Nhu:
c’est je commence? You, you have been the first from the Western media
to have asked me to have forwarded to me um that question, What happened
in Vietnam? and what was wrong. Because you are the first, I have
accepted immediately to receive you because for nearly two decades no
one cared for what happened in Vietnam. But what I have to say is very
important to me. And for nearly twenty years I have not had much
opportunity to practice my English, so from time to time I prefer to
refer to something written.
First of all I wish to ask you, have you not notice that strange doom
on the US? Have you not noticed that President Carter, for instance, has been the fifth
ill-fated US president. And have you not noticed this also, that those
politicians very bright, very talented, who believe that they could say
1975, for instance, leave Vietnam behind
believed that they could say that to the American people, forget it in
spite of their brio, in spite of their talent, it is they in fact who
had that fate. So it is something strange but Vietnam could create,
could attract such doom on those who believe they can despise her,
despise my country. And um the Americans are not the first. The first,
for instance, was Mendès
France of France.
had such a political stature that no one understands why after signing
the division of Vietnam has adjusted his appeal. He wanted to relegate
Vietnam in the past - that past was for him. So now I must think...for
that doom start with the division of Vietnam. Why? Because colonial
France at that time could
have transmitted the country in its entirety to its legitimate power but
instead it took advantage of a lost battle while it has not lost at all
took advantage of a lost battle to divide the country in concert with
the Communists and to put the Vietnamese people in front of an
accomplished fact. This was the first treason. Now I explain the first
of treason to what’s the legitimate power. Now I must explain why the
legitimate power is so involved and because I see very well that for the
West, you know very well what means the importance of legitimate power.
you behave, you act, excuse me when I say You, but that means "you" in a
general way. But really the West behaves as if we, the third world, had
no sense of legitimate power. That’s for us, for us. What does this mean
for that any head is good. In fact, we must have a sane head if one
wishes the Holy Spirit to express itself through it. To have a sane head
— what does it mean? It means that the power must be legitimate.
Legitimate means duly elected. That means that that power must accept
peaceful confrontation with the one which preceded it and all those who
accept um to have people’s votes um without resorting to violent means.
In Vietnam the only power to have fulfilled those conditions eh was the
government of President Ngo
Dinh Diem because he was the only one to accept to have
accepted peaceful confrontation with Admiral Bao Dai, who preceded him.
after him no one has dared after his murder, no one dared to accept
peaceful confrontation with the one who ought to have been elected in
his place in case of his disappearance according to the Constitution of
the Republic of Vietnam founded by him. So when one says that Ho Chi Minh had obtained the
abdication of Bao Dai, for
instance — for this means he obtained the whole corruption because Bao Dai returned four years
after to challenge him.
the only legitimate power of Vietnam was the one assumed by President
Ngo Dinh Diem and it
was precisely that one that the US...it was precisely that one who was
behead by the US. So now you, I think you begin to understand why there
is that doom on the States on its head, after what was done in
Vietnam...For to...Now I must explain why there was that beheading. I’m
sorry to, to record...