@EodMatt, first of all , I give you a lot of credits and respect for the work that you are doing for Vietnam as an eod tech, and ironically I'm stepping up to "defuse" it all.
To some extend I do understand your point of view, about the people here being dishonest, thief, liars and dumb a.f.
-I also work with locals on a regular basis, and yes to be able to speak the language, explain, curse and tell them to F.off in Vietnamese can make a real difference.
-Locals here have been raised to not trust any foreigners (and for good reason), they were told to live on a day to day basis (that there were no tomorrow) until not so long ago (1995-2000), probably a direct result of years of wars.
Can you believe that at some point there was a "famine" in Vietnam? Slaves trade, that opium was imported by the tons into the country, which probably resulted in the drug's problem that Vietnam is facing today.(needless to say, junkies = thief, liars and scumbags, even if for the people here, they are just "sick" family member...).
-When I first came here it was common thing to see people taking a dump in the middle of the street and all over the place for that matter, reminded me of Somalia. Others were wearing sanitary napkins as facemask, and junkies were shooting up heroin right in front of my house and kids, resolved that last one by installing neon light on the whole damn street....
At some point I even truly believed that every woman (but my mom) in that country were prostitutes.
-My mother being Vietnamese, to me she is the most calm, honest and kindest person I ever knew, probably one out of a million but still a Vietnamese.
-So yes I did take it personally when you implied that it was "in their nature/lifestyle" to be like that, and I reacted fast and hard, you are a serviceman, you know that debating and arguing are tasks that are left to the bureaucrats/keyboard warriors.
I may not be good at it...and so be it.
-I have seen some real piece of shit people here, that deserve to be hang high up by their neck, but nothing worst than any others country I lived in, especially France.
And I also met some of the most wonderful and kindest peoples here, ones that have nothing and would do "everything and anything" for you.
It is a love/hate situation, and I am pretty sure we do agree on some of the point, you wouldn't be here and married a Vietnamese woman if it wasn't the case.
@Colin. that goes for you too... I don't know you, you don't know me, who's wrong or right, it doesn't matter.. and I surely didn't come here to attack you personally... I did insult you directly, in the rush of the action, and I apologise for that..
That is no "mea culpa", I say what I think I think what I say.
I am not a troll trying to start an argument or upset people, or trying to cause disruption, and I certainly never go into a fight with passion.
By seeing how Vietnam has changed during all those years, I do keep a positive mindset, especially when I see how things are going in the West.
On this last note, have a good day gentlemen.