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As the French inflicted horrific violence in their failed attempt at re-conquest, the US bore more and more of the war's burden until, in 1954, the Vietnamese had again seemingly achieved independence.   Share:  
Thrust of argument: Andy Piascik writes 'Three million Vietnamese deaths is a popular figure but undoubtedly far too low. Also completely ignored here is the Vietnamese experience of Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, for example. Take the terrible suffering of US soldiers and multiply their numbers ten thousand fold or more and we get a sense of the damage to the Vietnamese. Additionally, Vietnam and the rest of Indochina (itís often conveniently forgotten that the US also waged war against Laos and Cambodia) are full of unexploded ordinances that regularly cause death and injuries, to this day. There's also the starvation deaths of hundreds of thousands throughout Indochina immediately after the war. A countryside ravaged by bombing, combined with the curtailment of airlifts, doomed those hundreds of thousands once the US imposed an ironclad embargo. That's an unpleasant truth, though; so much easier to blame everything on the Vietnamese Communists and the despotic Khmer Rouge.' Direction of resistance / implied resistance: The truth about the Vietnam war is not so hard to see, to find, to comprehend.

 

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Removal of resistance: Piascik laments 'Discussions of Vietnam are hardly academic exercises; the US is on a global rampage and falsifying history has paved the way to the US-caused deaths of three million Iraqis since the first invasion in 1991, to cite just one of many recent examples. We remain in the grips of people who worship wealth and are in love with death so any truth and reckoning about Vietnam and the role we play in the world will have to come from us.' Unification: So let's get together and do something about this. Let's use the coming elections to throw all the old parties out, including the new old party UKIP. Let's go green, let's have respect, let's put humans first, second and third, and take corporations right off the list of who has rights.
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