February 25, 2006

War things as flower pots

I was at the Singapore airshow yesterday. Lots of people were selling weapon systems and warfare related avionics. There was even a Serbian booth next to the US one — once enemies now together at a trade show. Many spies were going around taking pictures and asking probing questions.

War things

Fighters and missiles on display.

Seeing all the missiles, I remembered something I saw once in Lao. Lao, a little country between China, Thailand and Vietnam was heavily bombed by the Americans during the Vietnam War to cut-off the supply routes of the North Vietnamese fighters.

War things

The Laotians today use the remnants of these bombs as flowerpots.

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USAF markings

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Missile fin as rubbish bin.

Update: A former US soldier left a comment on this post

Lee Thorn Says:

February 28th, 2006 at 1:40 am. Quite beautiful, isn’t it? Thank you.

I helped load many bombs that fell on Laos in 1966. I have worked there on and off, now, for eight years through our ngo, Jhai Foundation. Jhai” in a social sense in Lao language means this :

that moment when all understand that harmony has been restored. This is often experienced in a village meeting. It is not agreement and it is not resolution’. Just harmony. It is a moment of harmony. It is so wonderful everyone wants more.

Jhai” … that’s what we need, isn’t it?

yours, in Peace, Lee Thorn chair, Jhai Foundation


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