Why Laos? I thought they were supposed to be bombing north Vietnam. Can someone fill me in?
It’s because of the CIA backed Secret War. Laos didn’t want to be a part of the Vietnam war, so they said that, we will shoot anyone who tries to enter our land. Well, the Hmong are an ethnic minority that lives in Southeast Asia and are not officially recognized as Lao citizens by the Lao government. Long history there, but basically, like many other migrant groups, they were ostracized by the government. The CIA saw this as an opportunity to recruit this group of people and make them do their work for them. Basically making them fight for no real reason — just because. It got to the point where they used FUCKING CHILD SOLDIERS to fight for them. Not only did they make people who aren’t even involved in this whole conflict to fight FOR THEM, they TOOK CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL AND FORCED THEM TO SHOOT A GUN AT PEOPLE.
The US took advantage of a fucking ostracized ethnic minority to fucking do what they wanted to do with no consequences. Then they decide, that’s not fucking enough and decide to BOMB THE SHIT OUT OF A NEUTRAL COUNTRY ANYWAYS BECAUSE WHY THE HELL FUCKING NOT. Now, the CIA created this secret war not just so they can buffer against the war in Vietnam, but also because the CIA saw that the communist Pathet Lao party was gaining popularity and so, because they were afraid of communist domino effect, decided to eliminate that by convincing an ostracized ethnic minority to shoot not just on the Vietnam war, but the very Lao people who have ignored and oppressed them (although for the most part, it was mainly ignoring their presence because historically the Hmong also refused to acknowledge the laws of the land they are inhabiting, which is why the Laos government eventually said, OKAY FINE, if you refuse to follow the laws like other Lao citizens, then you aren’t Lao citizens. Do whatever the fuck you want. And the Hmong were like, lol that’s exactly what we wanted and intend to do). Hence the bad blood between the two groups.
The CIA saw this and used it to their advantage. They enlisted the Hmong to help the Lao Royal Army to fight against the rebel, communist Pathet Lao party. How did they convince them to do that? I don’t know, but it was probably some bullshit, hey, if you dont do this, you’ll lose your way of life. Kill these people and you can still do whatever the fuck you’re doing.
While the US has taken in some of the Hmong as refugees, they have done little reparation. Both the US and Lao governments have done little to repay the Hmong. The US is aware that the Lao government (the Pathet Lao won by the way. That’s ANOTHER war the US lost with absolutely no consequences to them) still tracks down the remainder of the Hmong army, and because of this war, the Hmong are persecuted. And it’s literally all the US’s fault. Seriously. Beforehand, the Hmong were basically left alone and ignored, which is literally what the Hmong wanted to begin with. And now, Laos still remains the most heavily bombed country in the world, an entire ethnic group is still being hunted down as a consequence, bombs from 30, 40 years ago still detonate, and the US has done barely anything to make up for it.
OH YEA. Before I forget, FUCKING SHITFACE STANK NOSED NIXON DIDN’T FUCKING THINK THAT THE BOMBS WERE ENOUGH. HE THOUGHT, well that’s cool and all, but you guys are thinking too small. nuclear bombs guys. it’s in season.
FUCK YOU NIXON.
Read it yourselves:
White House tape recordings,
April 25, 1972:
President Nixon: How many did we kill in Laos?
National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger: In the Laotian thing, we killed about ten, fifteen [thousand] …
Nixon: See, the attack in the North [Vietnam] that we have in mind … power plants, whatever’s left – POL [petroleum], the docks … And, I still think we ought to take the dikes out now. Will that drown people?
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people. [Everything after this is spoken in low, calm, reflective tones]
Nixon: No, no, no … I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: [Surprised] The nuclear bomb, does that bother you? … I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christsakes.