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Vietnam MIAs in Perspective

The MIA (Missing In Action) issue has been exploited by the U.S. government to block normalization of relations with Vietnam. Many prisoners have uncritically swallowed the state's propaganda on this issue. We'd like to put it in a more statistically accurate context:

The French still have 20,000 MIAs from their war in Indochina. The Vietnamese list over 200,000 MIAs. The U.S. still has 80,000 MIAs from WWII and 8,000 from the Korean War. Whereas U.S. MIAs resulting from the Vietnam War is "nearly 2,400." From: Light at the End Of The Tunnel, by Terry Anderson 1988, pages 443 through 462.

Put in context, these numbers are not significant enough to warrant being used as a pretext for failing to establish relations with the government of Vietnam.

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