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June 01, 2005



This is related to the post below (on China). Publius Pundit has an interesting article on Zimbabwe-Chinese relations. I've asked this question there and on my blog several times and was wondering if you might weigh in on this:

“This raises an interesting question; what do we make of increasing Chinese businesses and philosophies that are now proliferating many developing countries. This is particularly important for those of us interested in global democracy because the Chinese (with their communisim) bring a viable alternative idealogy to countries in which capitalism is failing because of pro-democracy actions by governments of the west.”


I served as a marine rifleman in Viet Nam, 1968-69. I’ve read much Viet Nam war literature and published a collection of war poetry, On The Way to Khe Sanh, (three of which appeared in The Iowa Review, Spring 2005), and a memoir, Nam Au Go Go - Falling for the Vietnamese Goddess of War.

Nam Au Go Go is different. It talks about something no one I can find has written about - what violence does to war fighters. How, if combat soldiers and marines see too much, do too much, they can cross a threshold into an adaptation to violence and become addicted to it. When your emotional self is killed off by the insanity of war, survivors of this addiction have a hard time re-connecting with society. Combat is a one-way door. Once you go through, you cannot go back. You are changed.

For a glimpse, go to www.johnakins.net

Find Nam Au Go Go on booksellers’ websites.
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