We will discuss the article by Michael D. Yates, “Honor the Vietnamese, Not Those Who Killed Them” in the May, 2015 Monthly Review.
Introductory notes from the editors of Monthly Review:
As we write these notes in March 2015, the Pentagon’s official Vietnam War Commemoration, conducted in cooperation with the U.S. media, is highlighting the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. ground war in Vietnam, marked by the arrival of two Marine battalions in De Nang on March 8, 1965. This date, however, was far from constituting the beginning of the war. The first American to die of military causes in Vietnam, killed in 1945, was a member of the Office of Strategic Services (a precursor of the CIA). U.S. intelligence officers were there in support of the French war to recolonize Vietnam, following the end of the Japanese occupation in the Second World War and Vietnam’s declaration of national independence as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The French recolonization effort is sometimes called the First Indochina War in order to distinguish it from the Second Indochina War, initiated by the United States. In reality, it was all one war against the Viet Minh (Vietnamese Independence League). By the time that the Vietnamese defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the United States was paying for 80–90 percent of the cost of the war.…
Now the history of that long war is being rewritten by our government to erase the memory of the role of the United States in bringing death and devastation to Vietnam, and to erase the memory of the widespread organized opposition to the war, including among the troops, which helped end it.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 19th, 2015 6:17 AM