Le Tran Nhan:
Well, I think the Communist troopers they don't have a soul of their own. They are so much brainwashed. And...'cause I have experience with ah...prisoner of wars that wants to help us to locate caches. We send them on our patrol to locate those caches, ammunition dumps and also supply dumps. So I treat them like human being, or brother. They sleep in the same tent as I do, if we've ever got a tent. They stayed with me whenever and wherever I go even in back, back in the rear.
So I got quite friendly with them. And they talk about how great North Vietnam is, how great the [incomprehensible]...ah, you know, the freedom, how much freedom they have. But once I take them to Saigon
on, after several operations we fear that we can trust them enough. So they give us a leave, one or two days off, and go back to Saigon
and show them the street, so many Hondas, you know, motorcycles around. They couldn't believe it.
They even touch the wall of the sky...well, it is not a skyscraper but, well, a tall building, say: "This real?" They couldn't believe it Saigon
was so rich com— and they keep tell me after that that Hanoi
is much better. I was born in North Vietnam. I was born in Hanoi
. I know what it looks like compared to Saigon
. And they kept telling me that, even they saw with their own eyes that we have so many Hondas, that we have so many freedom of movements and not too many police around, and they keep telling me Hanoi
is better, they have more freedom, they have refrigerators, they have cars about. So I don't think they have a soul of their own. At least not a discerning soul.