Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War has me posting several articles explaining various aspects of the war…..there will be both pro an con articles…to understand completely then all sides need to be discussed.
1975 and the fall of Saigon brought an end to the involvement of the US in the small Southeastern nation of Vietnam.
Since that day there has been an on-going effort to rehabilitate America’s role in the war. An attempt to change something ugly into something noble, honorable….or at least acceptable.
There is enormous pressure and a lot of money working to rehabilitate Vietnam, to put the guilt and the shame of it behind us. But it was precisely the guilt of the people, their shame at what was being done in their name, and their courage to denounce it that made it impossible for their government to carry out the savagery any longer.
Since the day it ended, in 1975, there have been efforts to rehabilitate the Vietnam War, to make it acceptable, even honorable. After all, there were so many sides to the story, weren’t there? It was so complex, so nuancical. There was real heroism among the troops.
Of course, all of this is true, but it’s true of every war so it doesn’t redeem any war. The Vietnam War is beyond redemption and must be remembered and condemned for the calamity that it was. The Vietnam War was “one of the greatest American foreign policy disasters of the twentieth century.”
Those are not the words of a leftist pundit or a scribbling anti-American. They are the words of H.R. McMaster, the sitting National Security Advisor to the President of the United States.
The war cannot be rehabilitated for those that fought…..the images of the war are burnt into their minds to remain with them through life.
As a veteran of that war I have had many conversations with people wanting to know….then when they are told they dispute whatever was said….
This war cannot be rehabilitated with the truth…..only by manipulating the facts can it be made to appear otherwise.