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…