October 30, 2000

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Ho Chi Minh

October 30, 2000 (#44 [45 really])
Hanoi, Vietnam

"Uncle Ho" is venerated, and there is an impressive grand mauseoleum downtown.  I approached that edifice today - camera clicking - but was sternly turned away; it's closed to the public, because his remains entity has been sent to Moscow for refurbishing.  The Vietnamese have also preserved the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison where captured American pilots were held during that war.  In the 25 years since, healing and forgiveness are evident. -  Arnold