This article sheds light on the idea that war atrocities were only comitted by the Viet Cong. However, it's negative in the aspect of telling commonly unknown stories of acts of violence and brutality committed by the U.S soldiers against Vietnamese civilians. Massacres such as the Mai Lai, involved the systematic rape, mutilation, killing, and torture of women and children by U.S soldiers. It was relieving to read and learn that all of those who committed such crimes have been tried in court and sentenced to prison but it doesn't get rid of the issue of such acts being committed by our own soldiers during wartime.
In Cambodia, between 1975 and 1979, some two million people died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Twenty years later, nobody had been held accountable.
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Although this book isn't about the Vietnam War, it deals with the similar topic of Human Rights atrocities that were committed in the general Southeast Asian region at the time by the Cambodian Dictator, Pol Pot. I've watched documentaries on this man before, who is known to be one of the worst mass murderers in history, and could only feel disgust. However, in this book it seems like an interesting insight is given into how Pol Pot went from an ordinary poor man into a genocide-committing monster.
An expose of U.S. Atrocities committed against mostly civilians in Vietnam - (GRAPHIC) This video exposes the parallels between the war in Vietnam and what h...
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The title of this documentary is nearly self-explanatory. The atrocities committed by the U.S. in Vietnam were un-defendable, from the killing of innocent civilians to the destruction of allied South Vietnamese towns and villages. In this documentary the American atrocities of the Napalm bombing of civilians to the spraying of Agent Orange on forests (which also affected the population) are seen as unreasonable and preventable. In this documentary, a general message is sent in the end on the atrocities and hypocrisy of America at war, where the crimes on civilians in the Vietnam War are compared to crimes committed against Iraqi and Afghani civilians to this day. The general message is: if you want to prevent such atrocities from happening, engagement in these wars should not happen to start with.
The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War [Denise Chong] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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In The Girl In The Picture, the life of Kim Phuc, the girl made famous for the picture of her running naked after the accidental napalm bomb strike on her village, is told from the biographical point of author Denise Chong. The book starts at humble beginnings, where Kim's life before the war was prosporous and full of joy as her "rich" peasant parents ran a restaurant in Saigon (Modern day Ho Chi Minh) and maintained a strong relationship with their family. However, as the Vietnam war breaks out..her family becomes a family of secrets as they are forced to hide Viet Cong in their house. On June 8, 1972, an accidental Napalm Bombing carried by a U.S Pilot, known as Plummer, destroys Phuc's home and seperates her family. She is hit with napalm and as she runs naked in pain and terror on the highway photographer, Nick Ut, takes one of the most famous photos of the vietnam war. The photo went viral in news all over the world and changed opinions on the U.S involvement in the war. Kim goes from being shunned for her burns to being a symbol of the terror and pain caused by war and struggles for the next 30 years of her life to maintain privacy as she is bombarded by journalists and interviewers alike. She finds refuge in Toronto Canada around 1992 with her husband Toan and with the help of her adopted mother, "Nancy", regains happiness and normality in her life.
In this article, the Vietnam War is summarized in 5 major aspects: background, the police action, the onset of war, the wind down, and the aftermath. Within these the war is described as being started through the U.S campaign of containment of communism. Once North Vietnam began to attain communism, the U.S got involved and supported the South with it’s Democratic principles. The war ended up being one of the longest as well as the most expensive for the U.S with a humiliating defeat creating profound psychological effects on Americans, as well as leaving Vietnam ravaged and one of the poorest nations in the world, with nearly 4 million killed or wounded Vietnamese, one-fourth of the combined population of North and South Vietnam.
The clean-up effort matters because dioxin claimed lives for decades after the war’s end.
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While i have another article on the effects of agent orange, this one goes more in-depth. Up to 150,000 Vietnamese Children have suffered as a result of Agent Orange from birth defects and for the first time in decades the U.S has taken a step to aleviate relations with Vietnam. However, more attention is being given to the veterans who have suffered as a result and the Vietnamese, the main victims, are ignored. It's aggravating to see my country not do anything where birth defects have skyrocketed as a result of our weapon, displaying a human rights violation.
I think this is a great organization with a great cause. They contribute in multiple charities from donations to agent orange birth defect victims to clothing donations to children in Vietnam. However, under their chairty for Agent Orange victims i feel that they payed more attention to American victims while the Vietnamese birth defects victims outnumber the American's by a couple hundred-thousand. If they payed more attention to the current situation in Vietnam more than just the veterans of the war i think i would like this website more.
This article for the Toronto Star, by Leslie Scrivener describes how Nick Ut, the man who took the world famous photo of Kim Phuc as a little, terrified girl running after being burned severly by Napalm, during the Vietnam war, feels about the photo to this day. He continues to maintain a strong relationship with Kim Phuc, where he is known as “Uncle Ut,” and frequently calls her every day. Every time he looks at that photo, which so-happens to be everyday, he is reminded of the atrocities of war and how he cannot possibly be more thankful for saving Kim Phuc’s life.
This map portrays Vietnam after the North Vietnamese take over..where Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. In this map all of the major monuments, natural monuments, and major cities are labled, as well as a key in the corner showing how many miles is across the area given. The old border between North and South Vietnam is located in present day Vinch Moc.
In this article on prisoners on war during the Vietnam War, the American POW experience is discussed along with where these prisoners of war went to when taken captive. Nearly 760 servicemen were taken prisoner by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese and were subjected to torture, beatings, sleep deprivation, medical deprivation, prolonged isolation, and forced confessions for propaganda purposes. There were a total of thirteen detention camps, five in Hanoi and eight in the Hanoi outskirts of North Vietnam. 591 U.S. POWs were released to American authorities from February to April 1973 in Operation Homecoming. A total of 144 POWs died in captivity; while the fate of some two dozen others, officially remains unknown.
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