Nguyen Cao Ky:
Well...I had demonstration in New
, in Philippines
and uh of course during my visit to the United
States back in 1970
...I tell you an example of
when I stayed in Williamsburg
before I c...went to the How...White House.
stayed one night at Williamsburg with my wife and it was very cold and
the next morning when I wake up there was a group of thirty of them
young so-called "hippy" you know long hair and uh dirty. They stood
outside shouting so we were, we were escort by twenty-one secret agents
at that time so I asked the chief secret agent ah to invite them you
know to come inside the hotel and I will come down and and talk with
first he said oh no I can't let them come closer to you because they are
ah dangerous people, you know taking drug, and so on and so...I said no
just let them because it it cold outside you know. I invite them to come
inside warm, and I want to to, to meet and talk with them.
finally they arranged for not all of them but about fifteen of them to
come inside the lobby, so I come down and I stood there you know. They
all surround me. I asked them what are you against and they said I am
against the war, we are against the war.
Well I said, Me too I am against the war. The reason I am against the
war because in war I risk my life every minute and you can see that I
have a beautiful new wife and beautiful new family and I, I want to
live, not to die in wartime so a as you, as any other people in the
world, I am against war.
But uh, when the war is imposed on you and when you have to defend your
own country then you have to accept war. Ah. As I said we are against
corruption. I said, me too. I am against corruption. Do you think I as a
chief of government, I am corrupted? They said not you, but you know
Yes, I said it’s true there is corruption in Vietnam as there is
corruption in anywhere. Ah, can you tell me that in your own society,
you know there is no, the most advanced society in the world, that can
you tell me today that there is no corruption? and at that they said, oh
you are right ha, ha, ha.
So, ah, you know, I I talked with them and I explained to them
everything you know, with honesty with my heart. Then when I left for
the White House, they all stood there and clapped and the guy ah from
the State Department
you know who, who escort us, you know, he said to me well I think
President Nixon needs
you. Stay here as he advise for PR, public relations. So you know,
that’s, that's that kind of a meeting, ah I had many in my life.