- 09 May 11
Political upheaval inevitably creates a wave of refugees and the Arab uprisings have proved no different. The real is question is, how should Europe respond to the human rights tragedy on its doorstep?
On April 30 1975, Saigon fell to advancing North Vietnamese troops. The American ambassador left on the helicopter Lady Ace 09 at 05:00 that morning and the last marines left at 07:53. It was an ignominious end to a brutal and unwarranted war. And they left a mess behind. For starters, there were the hundreds of Vietnamese stranded in the US embassy and thousands more outside.