No Memorial to Tran
Here is an interesting communiqué from Chrétienté-Solidarité, an organization that actively promotes the Christian faith and traditional French values through publications, conferences and monitoring activities that expose the fate of the various Christian communities throughout the world. Founded by Bernard Antony, its website is part of the Reconquête site, also founded by Antony:
Is it because he was named Tran Van Ba and because there are crimes, and massacres and genocides that are less worthy of memory than others, that the prefect of Paris, Pierre Mutz, forbade the placing of a simple monument to his memory in a small public square in the 13th arrondissement?
And yet, Tran Van Ba was leader of the Vietnamese students of Paris from 1972 to 1980. He was from a family that was a friend of France - that of the president of the Constitutionalist Party of Vietnam, Bui Quang Chien, who was massacred along with his daughter and four sons by Red torturers in 1945. His father Tran Van Nan was also assassinated in Saigon on December 7, 1966.
In this heritage of heroism on the part of so many Vietnamese against Communism, Tran Van Ba denounced the endless executions, mass killings, and re-education camps as well as concentration camps, all those abomination perpetrated by the Communists of Ho-Chi-Minh.
When he dared to return to Vietnam in June 1980, he was immediately arrested, imprisoned for several years in atrocious conditions and finally died in 1985.
And in the Paris of Sarkozy-Kouchner we cannot even keep alive the memory of his sacrifice with a simple monument.
For Tran Van Ba was not Guy Moquet. (1)
And so it is that under Nicolas Sarkozy who forever puts on grand airs of pride in France and in the memory of the men of the past, the French State accepts the diktat of the Red Embassy of Vietnam, that cannot tolerate the fact the those who were assassinated by its reign of terror are remembered.
Just as he disdains the memory of the 3000 French women kidnapped in Algeria in 1962, the government of Monsieur Sarkozy once again displays a dishonoring racism in matters of memorials.
Chrétienté-Solidarité will soon organize a prayer vigil in memory of the victims of Communism in Indochina.
(1) I have written before about Guy Moquet. He was a young Communist militant who was arrested by the German army of occupation on October 13, 1940, for distributing flyers denouncing the new Vichy government. He was executed in October 1941, but not before writing a letter home to his parents. The letter is now required reading in French schools, thanks to a decision by Sarkozy. Though Moquet is venerated as a great hero of the Resistance, he was never in the Resistance, since at the time of his arrest, the Communists had not joined the movement. French patriots generally believe that the fact that he was a Communist has led to the cult surrounding him, though they do not deny his heroism.
Regarding the kidnappings of French women in Algeria, I have not done research on accurate figures. From what I know, the figures vary wildly and both sides may exaggerate. But Bernard Antony knows more than I, and you can accept his figures as reasonably correct. So many Europeans either disappeared or were murdered that accurate statistics may never be known.
A reminder that Sarkozy has been making a habit of appeasing Muslim or Communist States. He refused to meet with the Dalaï Lama in August for fear of offending the Chinese government.
Regarding Tran Van Ba, he was awarded posthumously the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom in 2007 in Washington.
At a website called Topix, I found this:
Born in South Vietnam in 1945, Mr. Ba as a young man watched his country ravaged by the civil war waged by the North Vietnamese communists. In 1966, his father Tran Van Van, a respected member of the South Vietnamese parliament, was assassinated by the communists. Sent to France to complete his education, Mr. Ba returned to Vietnam in 1980 to continue the fight for freedom and democracy in his homeland. He was arrested in 1984 by the Communists who executed him on false charges of treason. A memorial has been erected to Mr. Ba in Liege, Belgium, and a street dedicated to him in Falls Church, Virginia, by the Vietnamese community.
The picture comes from France 24.