In the early 60's, the United States Government recruited over 60% of the Hmong Tribesman in Laos to fight against the Communist North Vietnamese and the Pathet-Lao, telling these people that the Communists were bad (which they were and are), fight with us, if we win the war you keep your land and country.  If we don't win, we will take you back with us.



In the early 60's, the United States Government recruited over 60% of the Hmong Tribesman in Laos to fight against the Communist North Vietnamese and the Pathet-Lao, telling these people that the Communists were bad (which they were and are), fight with us, if we win the war you keep your land and country.  If we don't win, we will take you back with us. 
These simple hill people fought valiantly for our cause for many years.  Of course, when we pulled out of Southeast Asia, we DID NOT keep our promise and left most of the Hmong there.  Many fought their way to exile in Thailand to "settlement camps" which were actually barbed wire surrounded concentration camps.  The few that eventually found their way to the United States have problems finding jobs which require education and able to speak English, etc.  Unfortunately, there are few concessions to our former allies such as is given to the flood of illegals in the United States from south of the border.
Until recently, the Hmong were denied U.S. citizenship in the country for which they fought, were wounded and lost loved ones simply because their language was too difficult to learn.
We have a history of abandoning our friends and allies from Chiang Kai-Shek to the present and rewarding those (mainly Communists) who fight against us.  Will we pull the plug and abandon our present allies?  Time will tell.  For more information on the Hmong People, go to www.wpt.org/Hmong/cher.html.
John P. Fitts, Noel