Diversity Bites Back

Letter From the Upper Midwest

After September 11, the word blowback was frequently heard.  It is a CIA term describing operations that come back to haunt the agency (e.g., Afghanistan).  Unlimited immigration has its own form of blowback: people like Chai Vang, who, on the afternoon of November 21, 2004, shot eight deer hunters in the northwoods of the Indianhead region of Wisconsin just outside the town of Birchwood, killing six of them, including a female hunter.

Interestingly, one of the worst incidents of mass murder in Wisconsin history has its origins with the CIA itself.  During the Vietnam War, CIA agents recruited and organized Hmong tribesmen like Mr. Vang (although he himself immigrated to the United States in 1980 at a young age) to fight both the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which snaked through the mountainous highlands of Laos where the Hmong live.  They also fought the Pathet Lao, a communist rebel group.  In 1975, the Pathet Lao triumphed against the Royal Laotian government forces and turned against the Hmong with genocidal fury, reportedly dropping chemical bombs on Hmong villages.  The Hmong fled in terror to refugee camps in Thailand.  Having no desire to integrate the Hmong, who are despised by the lowland Southeast Asian ethnic groups, and also having no desire to become another Burma, with ethnic armies on her jungle borders dealing opium, the Thais decided...

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