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vietnam ashes

Not allowed alongside fallen comrades…

 

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A French General asked for his funeral ashes to be scattered alongside those of his fallen comrades in Vietnam. General Marcel Bigeard, one of France’s most decorated soldiers, died last month, and this was his wish. However Vietnamese government has turned down a request to scatter the ashes at the site of a battle which helped end colonial rule by France.  Saying it would set a precedent…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10781290

Any lessons I wonder – in cases like this where is would case no harm is it better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Or perhaps one should consider what the reaction will be before making such a wish…

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