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Donald Trump and Empire

by Len Deroches

During the U.S. war in Vietnam, a few of us in Canada formed The Committee to Free South Vietnamese Political Prisoners from Detention, Torture and Death. When the French military were chased out of Vietnam, they left behind the “Tiger Cages.” These were cages where the U.S.-backed regime of General Thieu kept some of the political prisoners.  At the time there were about 200,000 political prisoners. The “Tiger Cages” were intentionally built too low to allow the prisoners to stand. Some prisoners were caged for so many years that when they were released, they could no longer use their legs. We managed to get three ex-prisoners to tour Canada. At the end of the exhausting tour, one of the prisoners, who had been tortured, asked me a very unexpected question. He had met some amazing Americans on a previous U.S. tour and was genuinely confused when he asked me, “Why do the American people elect some of their worst people?” No sarcasm. Profound confusion. Continue reading Donald Trump and Empire