November 18, 2006 4:35PM

The Cause That Dare Not Speak Its Name

The New York Times writes that Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is beginning to develop after being “held back by a half‐​century of war and privation.”

A slightly more accurate statement would be that economic development in Vietnam has been held back by “a half‐​century of war and socialism.” The privation was a result of the socialism, not a cause.