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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.”

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It's been going on longer than that.

Some would say it started in 1898 with the occupation of the Philippines, some would say it started in 1861 with the Invasion of the South, and maybe even before that in 1846 with the Mexican American War, but perhaps it started even sooner with the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1791.

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