Madame Nhu

Barbaric yes, but a certain wit to it:

Madame Nhu, who has died aged 87, was the archetypal \”dragon lady\” of Asian politics, a svelte and sinister woman who wielded immense power in the South Vietnamese regime of president Ngo Dinh Diem , her brother-in-law, until his assassination in 1963. She accumulated vast wealth and power, but was reviled for her puritanical social campaigns and her callous dismissal of Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest against the brutal rule of Diem and her husband Ngo Dinh Nhu. \”I would clap hands at seeing another monk barbecue show, for one cannot be responsible for the madness of others,\” she wrote in a letter to the New York Times. The world was stunned by photographs of monks sitting shrouded in flames; Madame Nhu simply offered to bring along some mustard for the next self-immolation. She later accused monks of lacking patriotism for setting themselves alight with imported petrol.

5 thoughts on “Madame Nhu”

  1. I find mustard a bit overpowering for barbecued monk, but chacun à son gout. Personally I prefer a mild dipping sauce of soy, ginger and finely chopped spring onions. It’s also easy to overcook one’s monk; a member of the serving staff should be on hand at all times with a fire extinguisher to get the proper medium rare consistency.

  2. The Last Ginslinger

    At the risk of being inappropriate,
    “What goes well on a Gallon of Shell?” as my father used to say.
    She did personify the notion “all power corrupts but absolute power is…
    absolutely delightful!”

    TTFN 🙂

  3. Enough of this Jonny Foreigner food! Sauteed monks should be always be pursued* by Englishmen, with toasting forks loaded with bread and cheese.

    (* Fast and furious, because they tend not to stand still.)

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