Vietnam, the Flag, and Me

There are still a lot of old leftists who are proud of the anti-Vietnam War position they held in the nineteen sixties and early seventies. One can only wonder how they might react to PBS’s recent airing of a series on the Vietnam War produced by Ken Burns. PBS and Burns are hardly “conservative,” but the series ended with the release of over 500 POW’s by the North Vietnamese. When I saw the happiness of these men being reunited with their families, and being on a plane rejoicing in their freedom, my tears flowed along with theirs.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I served in Vietnam but didn’t watch the series because I had a noncombat assignment and doubted that my experiences would be related. My eleven months there included gaps of three and four months without a red alert sending us running to the bunkers. I fought boredom. I took my entertainment whenever it was presented to us. I fell hopelessly in love with a Vietnamese girl who worked in my office, but ran into obstacles by a Pentagon that frowned on war brides. I went on R & R twice to get away and blow off steam. I doubt if any of that was covered in the series.

    • I am sorry hear of your unrequited love.

      I do not know much about this series not having watched it yet either.

      Given how badly Burn’s did on his WW II documentary I am not surprised there has been so little chatter or promotion about this one. I will give it a look but do not expect much.

      His WW II doc was remains etched in my memory for the God Awful soundtrack.

  • canminuteman

    If WW11 was a good war because we were fighting Nazis, Vietnam was a good war because we were fighting communists. I don’t recall refugees flooding into Vietnam when the communists took over.

    • mauser 98
      • shasta

        Most Canadians fly there. My last boss before I quit working wanted to retire there. I hope he was there during the last hurricane, the bastard.

    • shasta

      “a good war”
      Fighting a war when you are unwilling to do what is necessary to win can hardly be called good. Would you have called WWII a good war if we had fought Germany to a standstill and left Hitler in charge of a large chunk of Europe?

      • canminuteman

        What I mean by “good war” is that it was morally justified. We went to war in WW11 so people wouldn’t have to live under Nazi tyranny, Going to war to save people from living under communists is exactly the same thing. It wasn’t a comment on the way the war was handled.

        Knowing what we know now the democrats likely acted the way they did because they were rooting for the other side.

        • shasta

          People were living under Nazi tyranny for quite some time before we went to war. We went to war because Great Britain had a mutual defense pact with Poland, which they honoured, and as we were part of the Commonwealth we supported Great Britain and declared war also.

          • canminuteman

            Yeah… and it was the right thing to do.

          • shasta

            Of course, but we probably would have done it even if it hadn’t been. The Canadian government had no beef with Hitler or the Nazis until Great Britain was at war.

  • mauser 98

    Civil War was Burns best
    Vietnam seems Ok