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We went to see the remnants of war museum yesterday. It’s an interesting place and it provokes different things in different people. Personally, I found it overtly one-sided, and totally anti-American. Some might say that’s fair enough, but from what I’ve heard, the North Vietnamese employed tactics as unethical as the American’s.
I’m not suggesting the American’s were right, I’m not really commenting on the war at all. But I felt the museum, instead of portraying the horrors of war, portrayed the horrors and atrocities committed by America in Vietnam. They have American tanks in the courtyard with signs explaining their firepower and how many were in Vietnam. Nothing about how many American soldiers were killed, or how many suffered sever mental problems after returning from Vietnam, purely the after effects for Vietnam.
My limited understanding of the war leads me to believe the American’s supported the South Vietnamese, along with South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. The American’s sent more soldiers than anyone else (according to the museuem), but they were not the only ones fighting, and it wasn’t their war. There is little mention of how many soldiers the South Vietnamese armies had.
I left before Fergus and Sameer because I couldn’t take any more. There were horrific photos and evidence of the chemical weapons used agains the North Vietnamese and I felt their powerful emotional impact was being unfairly used to tar the war as an atrocity by America.
I think war is an ugly, evil thing. It ruins countries and their people for generations. I don’t think that’s what the evidence at the Vietnam Remants of Warm Museum was used to re-inforce. I felt it was blatant propaganda mongering against the Americans by the victorious North Vietnamese.
No doubt my take on it will provoke some debate, it certainly did with Fergus! Comments on a (comment) postcard…
Raymond at 2005-12-14 14:29:09
History, as "they" say is written by the victors. If the victors happen to be communist then you're bound to get a skewed perspective. As the museum is in their own country then I guess they can write whatever they want. The beauty of your travels is that you get to see both sides and make up your own mind. If you lived exclusively in a communist (or fascist) country, had no ability or means to travel or search out other information, then you would effectively be brainwashed to the extent that every alternative view to your own ( in actual fact your Goventments view) would be wrong; and you would oppose it ( see North Korea, Burma and...err...Texas!)
chmac at 2005-12-14 20:21:21
Very true, that is the luxury of victory, to re-write history as you see fit!
rosschampagnesuperpygama at 2005-12-20 05:36:08
lord of war eat your heart out!
ButButBut at 2005-12-25 03:09:32
It seens to me, that if you take in consideration the fact that the americans went to those people's country to do what they did ... well it changes the whole perspetive. I mean, someone loses their wallet to an agile hand, oh dear, a grag, bastard. You lose YOUR wallet, well, the atrocious monter who did it to you should die !!!The americans are always fighting their war abroad, always interfering, bullying. Being bullied is far worse than fighting. Rape is far worse than violence because of the invasion elelment. And why would they want to promote any message for peace, their home was raped, they are intent on revenge. Look at the reaction to 9/11, not reasonable, revengefull.
chmac at 2005-12-27 18:33:03
To a degree that's true, but the American's were fighting with the South Vietnamese, they were not fighting the entire Vietnamese nation. It's a bit like the North Korean's going to war with the south, America supporting the south, losing, and then the North Korean's going on about how terrible the American's are. Added to that, there was no mention in the museum of the atrocities committed by the North Vietnamese. They turned women and children into soldiers, sent suicide children to kill American's, and goodness knows what else. I don't know enough about the war to comment authoritively, but it was the one-sided-ness of the museum that bothered me.