449, Take 1.
Nguyen Co Thach:
father was a peasant, a very poor peasant. And sometimes they could not
pay the tax and the fees to the landlords, you know. So he had lost his
land and he had to go to work in the mines, mines for tin, very
polluted, not good for health, you know.
for myself, in my childhood, the biggest worry of myself is unemployment
because in my province there is a lot of unemployment. And in my village
the people are very poor. We have no brick housing. And bamboo housing
and so on only. In all of the village we had only one bicycle. It is
admired by the village. My dream all the time was how to get money to
have a bicycle because it is very wonderful to ride a bicycle.
when I was engaged in the revolutionary work, I never thought that my
country will be independent. I thought that all my life would be in the
jail or that I would be guillotined. And we could not...Perhaps the next
generation could have independence. So when we have independence it
looks like a dream, you know.
when I was in New York
speak in the United
Nations general assembly, it is like a dream for me because I
never thought during my childhood. So some people, some journalists,
have asked me: Your country, your people, have endured, have suffered so
much sacrifice. And now you would like to force your people to accept
more sacrifice. When will you stop forcing them to accept these
have told them, you don't know. Look at my village, for instance. When I
was young they have no brick housing, only bamboo. And now they have all
brick housing. And in my village, not only the mayor has a bicycle but
all the villagers have bicycles, and not only one, but two or three. And
some people they don't know how to ride, but they buy bicycles for their
the life now is much more better than before. So they could accept more
sacrifice to defend the acquisition, the victory, the success and the
heart that the revolution has given to them now. So if we have only
sacrifice, we have nothing to gain. So we could not ask them to
sacrifice. So they have more gains than sacrifice.