the US WAS engaging in criminal behavior against the Vietnamese people. So basically he got tortured because he refused to condemn the evils of the US government.
I am not taking anything away from his heroic ordeals: the man has a heart of fire and a will of steel. I know that he didn't do it to defend the honor of the US, but to be defiant. When they take away everything, defiance is all you have. Defiance fuels the will to live. I admire this guy.
“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus
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