Vietnam: American Holocaust
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A clip of Vietnam era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in Hanoi in 1995 shows him saying that 3.4 million Vietnamese were killed during the war. Futher news clips from the time reveal some of the horrors of that war and show that news commentators referred to it as a holocaust at the time.
This is followed by a brief history of the 19th century French conquest of Indochina and the Vietnamese liberation struggle from 1945 through the defeat of the French in 1954. This is done with archival footage, much of it very rare, and Martin Sheen's excellent narration and the voices of the principals on both sides of the conflict. Since the focus of the documentary is the American War in Vietnam the pace slows as more details are given about this part of the history.
The reasons for opposing the Vietnamese independence struggle are given by President Eisenhower in a clip from one of his speeches. Then the young Ho Chi Minh is introduced, with special attention to his time in Harlem, NY and his relationship with Marcus Garvey. Again very old and rare footage is used to illustrate these years while Mr. Sheen describes the crucial events.Read more ›
The title says it all.
The documentary includes first person testimony by U.S. Vietnam veterans who actively conducted the war, Vietnamese civilians who experienced the war, and various political figures and news commentators from the period.
It is an accurate and objective testimony to the falsehoods used by U.S. leaders to create war and the atrocities committed by U.S. personnel as a matter of "standard operating procedure".
I strongly recommend this to any one who is a Republican who supports the U.S. war machine. Learn more about the consequences of your beliefs.
The premise is that our effort was doomed from the start because we measured our success by body counts. The reality was that we became trapped in a war where civilians and warriors were often indistinguishable and the enemy was willing to absorb millions of civilian and military losses until our political will to fight was broken.
Having been a grunt in Vietnam, I've read dozens of excellent books and first-person accounts about my war. This work, especially the historic timeline, have helped me a great deal to make sense out of my personal experience. It also reinforced my conclusion that blind patriotism without questioning our political and military leadership can be dangerous; There are over 58,000 names written on The Wall as proof.
The real importance of this film isn't to document former atrocities but to wake people up to the atrocities that continue TODAY, in our names, with our tax dollars, tacitly approved by our indifference, and perhaps with your votes.
This movie shockingly conveys the reality of war, and don't think it's any more moral today than it was in Vietnam. Brace yourself for a difficult education. I thought I knew the atrocities committed in Vietnam, but this greatly expanded my awareness. "Best" of all, it uses archival footage so one sees & feels for oneself rather than being asked to believe the judgements of talking heads. Listen to LBJ, Gen Curtis LeMay, and others talk about killing the bastards. Listen to guilt-ridden soldiers baring their hearts. Watch them kill "gooks". Listen to Vietnamese tell how their families were brutally slaughtered. This is tough to watch but ought to be mandatory viewing for anybody who supports any aspect of our foreign wars or support of other foreign wars.
Be sure to show it to any young person who might ever consider joining the military. The truth ain't pretty, but it's TRUE!
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Excellent book. Over 240,000 children died in this holocaust if Robert McNamara's
figures are correct The truth took over forty years to come out, but it did.
To really enjoy this movie, watch "Fog of War" one night
Then Daniel Ellsberg "The most dangerous man in america" the next night
And finally Vietnam:American... Read more
VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST is one of the best DVD documentaries when it comes to Vietnam War. History of the country of Vietnam politically and what US did inside Vietnam. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by NYFB
The video absorbs your attention with the verbal and visual truth without using intemperate language or false information. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Wilfred J. Mische