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  • HomerRamone (468 posts)
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    History Blinded by Anti Socialism: Ken Burns’ Vietnam


    The Vietnam War was a direct product of the Cold War, and thus cannot be told from a purely American/capitalist perspective, as Burns has unwittingly done. In the name of “fighting Communism” the U.S. government committed back-to-back genocides in Korea and Vietnam; a combined tragedy that matches the Jewish Holocaust.

    Millions of people were killed and two nations destroyed in order to “prove” that Communism doesn’t work. And sure enough, the ruined, smoldering nations left behind struggled for years after, receiving none of the reconstruction spending given to post WWII Europe.

    The merits of the Vietnamese version of “socialism” should be debated, but Burns allows no room for debate, since to him socialism is “bad.” However, Vietnamese socialism, while imperfect, allowed the nation to recover from obliteration and actually develop independently, and now the “mixed economy” performs better than most of the world, while overall Vietnam is a larger economy than several of its neighbors.

    Even with the above blemishes Burns’ film will be a valuable resource to active duty soldiers, who will find endless similarities between Vietnam and the lie-based, unwinnable wars they are fighting in the Middle East. Seeing veterans discuss their evolution from obedient soldier to war protestor will have its effect, while watching the lies coming down from president after president in the face of mass killing cannot project faith in the American military project.

    The international situation today demands that a new antiwar movement emerge that links arms with the active-duty troops unwilling to simply follow orders.

    nevereVereven, kath, Enthusiast and 3 othersPam, chknltl, Ichingcarpenter like this

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  • chknltl (526 posts)
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    1. I have seen glimpses of this documentary….

    ….and recorded all the episodes for later viewing. What little i saw appeared quite informative. I look forward to watching it but now i have a bit of a headsup thank you.

    I confess to not knowing how things have turned out for modern Viet Nam. I am pleased to hear that the country is doing better than it was while occupied by…well pick your occupier.

  • Enthusiast (11583 posts)
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    2. I have watched several episodes. It's on the DVR.

    Mrs. Enthusiast likes to watch her regular TV stuff. So I get a piece of Vietnam in here and there.

    I agree with the article. Although I was against the war as an 18 year old I had passed my physical and would have been drafted and sent to Nam if I hadn’t drawn a lucky number. That year they took to number 95, my lottery number was 97. That was one lucky number! Those were some crazy days.

    I can’t help but think the MIC and media would have come down hard on Burns if he had not towed the rope to a certain extent.

    "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." Thomas Jefferson
  • BillZBubb (3000 posts)
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    3. Can't wait for Burns' series on Iraq.

    Everyone was well intentioned! We had to fight terrorism! Both pro war and anti war people were right!


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