In April, the Madison Wisconsin school board voted to name an elementary school after controversial Hmong warlord and political boss Vang Pao
. Though worshipped as a god
by the Hmong community exiled
in America, General Pao was indicted recently
with several others for plotting to overthrow the Laos government.
Didn`t General Pao know that it violates the Neutrality Act
for "Americans" to work for the overthrow of a recognized state? Naturally the Hmong are miffed
about what they consider a betrayal
from the US government that the rule of law could be used against their special leader. In previous criminal cases, like that of mass murderer Chai Vang
, Hmong have not indicated much respect for the idea of equal justice under the law.
Also, it`s news to me that Hmong consider themselves to be "exiles." Why then are we spending millions of taxpayer dollars to resettle them as refugees? Oh, and they are apparently a "diaspora"
The photo shows Vang Pao at the Hmong war memorial in Fresno
. Who knew?
Back to the school fracas...
The decision to name the school after Vang Pao was controversial from the beginning because of stories linking the leader to the CIA`s secret campaign in Laos, the heroin trade and summary executions.
[Whats in a name? Madison Hmong community wonders, hopes LaCrosse Tribune 6/10/07]
To clarify, the decision was controversial among Americans. No Hmong objected. They all want a school named after Vang Pao because "It would give a sense of pride to these young Hmong students,"
according to ethnic consultant Peng Her.
It`s another nail in the coffin of assimilation of course to allow these tribal people to set up their own separate cultures within America on the taxpayers` tab.
Furthermore, Vang Pao was up to his eyeballs in drug trafficking and other money-making schemes. A tireless extortionist
, he scammed money from old Hmong women
so he could continue his millionaire warlord lifestyle here in the United States.
Tony Poe, Vang Pao`s former CIA case handler in Laos, describes the situation in even starker terms, saying that Vang Pao personally profited from supplying opium to a high-level South Vietnamese heroin syndicate."Oh, he was making millions," and he put the money in "U.S. bank accounts, Switzerland, wherever," Poe said.
[Vang Pao, drugs and the CIA, Madison Isthmus 05/07/2007]
The Madison School Board is scheduled to meet on June 18 to debate the possible removal of Vang Pao name from the elementary school which continues to be under construction.