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A man of many words. Profane, profound, loyal to a fault and a right rat bastard. I love the finer things in life: expensive cigars, cheap women and all the salted, cured meats I can eat. A friend to dogs, lover of humanity and despiser of people. If I were King the world would be a better place, because, well...I would be King! Oh, and I like ice cream.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Citadel of Hue: Hell in a Very Small Place

The Citadel of Hue was the stronghold of the Nguyen Dynasty long before the US became involved in Viet Nam. Although the Communist government initially wanted nothing to do with it after their takeover it was later recognized as an important place in history and is being restored.

Of course most Americans know Hue from the Tet Offensive in 1968. Although the US was militarily successful in defeating the offensive the shocking effect of it began to seriously turn the tide of support against the war. The guerrilla is never required to win on the battlefield. His success comes in defeating the will of his enemy.

It is a beautiful area.

What was once a place of death has become a place of respite.

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