Merrilll Vaughan, Pittsfield
The July 12 edition of the Concord Monitor reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Laos. The article noted that she would have talks with Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and other officials. These talks would center on the after-effects of the Vietnam War for those who suffered from unexploded cluster bombs, and she “toured a small museum devoted to its human toll.”
The article went on to say she “walked through an exhibit of dangling cluster bombs and crude wooden artificial legs made by villagers whose limbs had been blown off by unexploded ordnance, the legacy of a war that Clinton herself had protested as a college student in the 1960s.”
I guess since she demonstrated against the war, she does not realize there are 318 Americans still listed as Missing In Action in Laos alone. Not one word on those MIA or that she would pursue the search efforts to find any Americans still alive or to find the remains and bring them home.
The administration has a moral right to pursue any Americans sighted and for remains of those who died in captivity or as escapees from the camps so the families can rest easy. Will this administration pursue this issue without apologizing to Laos or Vietnam or any other country that has Americans? I seriously doubt it.
(The writer is commander of the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75.)