Monday, January 22, 2018

Lessons from Laos*

PRIDE OF T&T: Renny Quow, left, Jarrin Solomon, Lalonde Gordon, Machel Cedenio and Jereem “The Dream” Richards pose with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) 2017 Best Male Americas Athlete award in Prague, Czech Republic, on November 2. The Trinidad and Tobago athletes received the award in recognition of their IAAF World Championship men's 4x400 metres triumph in London, England, in August. —Photo courtesy

One of the challenges with offering an opinion is to find a different way of saying the same thing. So it was with some relief that I listened to a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative, speaking in an interview on BBC World Service radio yesterday morning, give a straightforward rationale to the United States' covert military operations during the Vietnam War in the late 1960's and early 1970's, specifically with reference to the use of child soldiers in the neighbouring south-east Asian nation of Laos. 

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