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“So Many People Died:” The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014

Pham To looked great for 78 years old. (At least, that’s about how old he thought he was.) His hair was thin, gray, and receding at the temples, but his eyes were lively and his physique robust -- all the more remarkable given what he had lived through. I listened intently, as I had so many times before to so many similar stories, but it was still beyond my ability to comprehend. It’s probably beyond yours, too.

Pham To told me that the planes began their bombing runs in 1965 and that periodic artillery shelling started about the same time. Nobody will ever know just how many civilians were killed in the years after that. “The number is uncountable,” he said one spring day a few years ago in a village in the mountains of rural central Vietnam. “So many people died.”

And it only got worse. Chemical defoliants came next, ravaging the land. Helicopter machine gunners began firing on locals. By 1969, bombing and shelling were day-and-night occurrences. Many villagers fled. Some headed further into the mountains, trading the terror of imminent death for a daily struggle of hardscrabble privation; others were forced into squalid refugee resettlement areas. Those who remained in the village suffered more when the troops came through. Homes were burned as a matter of course. People were kicked and beaten. Men were shot when they ran in fear. Women were raped. One morning, a massacre by American soldiers wiped out 21 fellow villagers. This was the Vietnam War for Pham To, as for so many rural Vietnamese.


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I wish every American would read this.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Babies are still being born

Babies are still being born to this day with horrific birth defects from the chemicals that were dropped on that country, interestingly enough in a big part of the South, the people we were supposedly helping, polutting the water table so that for who knows how many years into the future will those crops affect someone in such a horrific way.

And to this day has not taken responsibility for that. So therefore we go into country after country murdering people and bankrupting our own country while whittling away at the society. You can't have a healthy society that "goes about it's business" while it's sons and daughters murder people and occupy lands, in this case that never did anything to the US.

Why did the US back the french going back to Vietnam in the 1st place after WW2, you know the "good war"? Why would the US back a regime that didn't belong there and would even employ the guillotine on Saigons citizens?

It's an ugly stain on American history not to mention the millions of families who lost a brother, son, father, daughter, mother, sister and it's not going to go away until we fess up to what WE did.

The Truth will set you free

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution