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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr FAIRHALL - The points set out by the honorable gentleman are indeed facts. It will be found that throughout South East Asia, and especially in Malaya and in Vietnam with respect to our own and the United States commitment, all the units concerned have contained a big proportion of national servicemen or their equivalent. The other night in this chamber during the debate on the Prime Minister's statement, it was pointed out pretty clearly, I think, that though the war in Vietnam may be termed a civil war it is not necessarily so merely because Vietnamese are on both sides of the firing line. We in this country must adjust ourselves to the fact that what is going on in South Vietnam and throughout South East Asia today is in fact an ideological war. lt is not a civil war simply because one finds nationals of any particular country opposed to one another. The battle is between Communism, which seeks to impose its philosophy on others, and those who seek equally firmly to reject it.

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