Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese Independence
Service rendered by the Vietnamese
All men are equal, and their creator provides them with certain rights which include life, search for happiness and liberty (Hominh, 2015). This message was passed by Ho to a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people in Hanoi, which then was the biggest city in Vietnam, declaring it to be an independent country. Vietnam had been colonized by French long before the start of Second World War. After France falling to Germany in 1940, control of Vietnam was taken over by Japan. In his speech, Ho mentioned of a service that was rendered by the Vietnamese. This service was assistance given to the United States’ OSS (office of strategic services). The OSS needed help in providing intelligence, harassing the Japanese and rescuing the wounded American pilots, gunned down over the Viet Minh-controlled territories (Hominh, 2015). Following this, light firearms and communication radios were supplied to the Vietnams by the OSS. Vietnamese soldiers had hopes that they would rescue their country from French colonization and at the same time get freedom from Japan.
The principles that Ho, in his speech were self-determination and equality among all people (Hominh, 2015). He said that people who had fought alongside allies to defeat their enemies had the right to be free and independent. These principles were reasserted in that he was determined to liberate Vietnam and it is noted that he did not fail.
Crimes committed against Vietnamese
Ho also mentioned crimes that led to the Vietnamese seeking independence. These crimes included building more prisons than schools, exploiting the Vietnamese workers, denied the people of their liberty, enhanced inhuman laws that were aimed at reducing the chances of unity among them, robbed their land and rice fields among other crimes (Hominh, 2015). In my opinion, forcing the Vietnamese to take opium and alcohol and imposing unjustifiable taxes that led to starvation, making over two million people lose their lives, were the most severe crimes and are justified to have brought about the seek for independence among the Vietnamese.
Hominh, Y. (2015). Re-Reading the Declaration of Independence as Perlocutionary Performative. Res Publica, 22(4), 423-444. doi:10.1007/s11158-015-9289-7