Tag Archives: Laos

Saying Goodbye In Thai

Mean Streets, Peaceful River

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      by Larry Calloway (c) 2012 In the new Bangkok air terminal a long sculpture on the way to international departures depicts a tug of war, demigods v. devils, in the clean bright primary colors of Theravada Buddhist  temples. This moral chemistry, this dynamic equilibrium of unresolved issues that has gone on since […]

Secret Wars Have No Heroes

More on what Obama revealed and rued

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A king at rest   (C)text and photos by LARRY CALLOWAY   Air America was created in 1959 to support covert operations in Laos, a landlocked country of no more than 3 million people then, caught between Vietnam and Thailand. Our man in Laos was Phoumi Nosavan, a diminutive general of the Royal Lao Army […]

The Emptiness Of The Plain of Jars

A sidebar to President Obama’s Laos apology

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        (c)by LARRY CALLOWAY THE JARS  on the Plain of Jarres (French colonialists named it) are empty. The bomb craters from the secret war in Laos, pockmarks of a sick strategy called “madman,” are not empty. They hold the remnants of cluster bombs that popped open in the air and birthed out […]