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THE BIG PICTURE: Vietnam, 35 years later
www.boston.com ^ | May 7, 2010

Posted on 05/09/2010 4:28:34 AM PDT by VU4G10

Last Friday, April 30th, was the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, and last Tuesday, May 4th, was the 40th anniversary of the shooting of protesting students at Kent State University. The Vietnam War and America's involvement in it affected the lives of millions for well over a decade, exacting a massive human cost with millions of deaths and countless injuries - both physical and mental - that plague many of those involved to this day. United States military involvement and troop strength grew rapidly after 1964 - at its highest level in 1968, with over 500,000 troops on the ground. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. now bears the engraved names of 58,267 of those troops. It's nearly impossible to encapsulate an event of such scale in a handful of photographs, but here, 35 years after the end of the conflict, is my attempt. (47 photos total)


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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: pictures; vietnam

1 posted on 05/09/2010 4:28:34 AM PDT by VU4G10
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To: VU4G10

Then 35 years of brutal communist rule, that made the War seem like a picnic.


2 posted on 05/09/2010 4:30:29 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: VU4G10
The Vietnam War and America's involvement in it affected the lives of millions for well over a decade, exacting a massive human cost with millions of deaths and countless injuries - both physical and mental - that plague many of those involved to this day.

Brought to you exclusively by the Democrats.

3 posted on 05/09/2010 4:31:28 AM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: ALPAPilot

Democrats - leading the way in human misery and senseless waste.


4 posted on 05/09/2010 4:51:02 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: VU4G10

Memories light the corners of my mind...

http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/04/30/captured-a-look-back-at-the-vietnam-war-on-the-35th-anniversary-of-the-fall-of-saigon-2/


5 posted on 05/09/2010 4:56:16 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Dallas59

Exactly. Why were “boat people” forced to board barely floating junks and risk the high sea in the hopes of finding a good hearted US ship to save them? Why would they leave by the millions? The media should have focused on that question, and the answer would have been as brutal as the “killing fields” of Cambodia, only they couldn’t blame the US on the brutalities that followed the end of South Viet Nam.


6 posted on 05/09/2010 5:09:08 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Dallas59

Exactly. Why were “boat people” forced to board barely floating junks and risk the high sea in the hopes of finding a good hearted US ship to save them? Why would they leave by the millions? The media should have focused on that question, and the answer would have been as brutal as the “killing fields” of Cambodia, only they couldn’t blame the US on the brutalities that followed the end of South Viet Nam.


7 posted on 05/09/2010 5:09:08 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Dallas59

Exactly. Why were “boat people” forced to board barely floating junks and risk the high sea in the hopes of finding a good hearted US ship to save them? Why would they leave by the millions? The media should have focused on that question, and the answer would have been as brutal as the “killing fields” of Cambodia, only they couldn’t blame the US on the brutalities that followed the end of South Viet Nam.


8 posted on 05/09/2010 5:09:08 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Dallas59

Exactly. Why were “boat people” forced to board barely floating junks and risk the high sea in the hopes of finding a good hearted US ship to save them? Why would they leave by the millions? The media should have focused on that question, and the answer would have been as brutal as the “killing fields” of Cambodia, only they couldn’t blame the US on the brutalities that followed the end of South Viet Nam.


9 posted on 05/09/2010 5:09:09 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Dallas59

Exactly. Why were “boat people” forced to board barely floating junks and risk the high sea in the hopes of finding a good hearted US ship to save them? Why would they leave by the millions? The media should have focused on that question, and the answer would have been as brutal as the “killing fields” of Cambodia, only they couldn’t blame the US on the brutalities that followed the end of South Viet Nam.


10 posted on 05/09/2010 5:09:09 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Wildbill22

Whoa. sorry, bad internet connection resulting in multiple posts.


11 posted on 05/09/2010 5:09:51 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Wildbill22

You can say that again.


12 posted on 05/09/2010 5:11:31 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: VU4G10
The big picture is the Lefties of today who were the red-diaper-doper-baby Hippies then, decided in their intoxicated stupor that our trying to prevent a Communist invasion into South Vietnam was bad. Bad America for trying to save millions of lives that would come under the deadly Communist rule.

Well, America pulled out and of course the inevitable happened: the North Vietnam Communists invaded, took over, and over a million South Vietnamese were killed under its rule.

13 posted on 05/09/2010 5:15:43 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: VU4G10

The stupid comments following those pictures on the source page are amazing. Boston is truly lost. They want communism. Perhaps we should let them have it.


14 posted on 05/09/2010 6:01:54 AM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: wally_bert
Democrats - leading the way in human misery and senseless waste.

Wait for the fall of Baghdad.....

.....The RATS are giving the insurgents the timetable for our departure, giving them information for their overthrow plans.

15 posted on 05/09/2010 6:21:25 AM PDT by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: Wildbill22

Did your “bad internet connection” self-click the “post” button 3 times?


16 posted on 05/09/2010 6:25:07 AM PDT by kjb366
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To: onedoug

ping


17 posted on 05/09/2010 7:03:33 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: VU4G10
"[T]he [American] media played a major role in the final downfall of South Vietnam. . . . North Vietnam [Communist] General Vo Nguyen Giap [stated] in a French TV broadcast that [the] 'most important guerrilla during the Vietnam War was the American press.'"

And what of today's American media?

I think that Michael Savage -- who's pretty good with such things -- has defined the media's support of the enemy this time.

"The media have become the minarets of terrorism."

The American media are the Islamists' most important muezzins.

18 posted on 05/09/2010 7:07:15 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: VU4G10

The comments section is awful, owned by the lefties, though there are a few good comments in there. The best one is by a guy named Justin near the bottom. What impresses me about the pictures is that 35 years later they’re still trying to demoralize us and cast Vietnam as the Bad War. The psyche of the left requires that we be solemn and angry and ashamed when we think of Vietnam. But I think it was a good war, justified and winnable.


19 posted on 05/09/2010 7:10:43 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: sig226

“The stupid comments following those pictures on the source page are amazing. Boston is truly lost. They want communism. Perhaps we should let them have it.”

I agree there were an disappointingly large number of stupid comments, but there are also some wonderfully smart and compassionate comments about the truth. I particularly liked the one by Wintermuth a German who espoused about National Socialism and Communism and wondered about how long stupid ideas like those can truly last when capitalism and freedom are present and so obviously better...


20 posted on 05/09/2010 7:12:08 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: stylecouncilor

Ten years....

Whoosh!


21 posted on 05/09/2010 7:15:10 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: VU4G10

“Then 35 years of brutal communist rule, that made the War seem like a picnic.”

Yep. Our military could win that war if not for the polidiots in Washington. We won battle after battle but were never allowed to go in for the kill: Invade North Vietnam and halt all traffic and supplies coming in from China and Russia. We left before the fall of Saigon, several years before, and we left the South Vietnamese high and dry after promising we would supply them.

The killing from 1975 onward by the Communists from the north was horrific, yet, we didn’t lift a finger.

Let’s not forget, Vietnam was a war fought by a Democrat, LBJ. Even JFK had second thoughts about it before he was killed.


22 posted on 05/09/2010 8:09:20 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

BTTT


23 posted on 05/09/2010 8:25:16 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: All

As a kid during the Vietnam war I wonder why we didnt just level every inch of North Vietnam. And then Napalm what was left standing.


24 posted on 05/09/2010 8:27:02 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: troy McClure

As I recall, our government was concerned that if we angered
the Russians, they would enter the war (they were supplying
North Vietnam): Also furnishing fighter pilots.


25 posted on 05/09/2010 11:12:32 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: Jim 0216
Well, America pulled out and of course the inevitable happened: the North Vietnam Communists invaded, took over, and over a million South Vietnamese were killed under its rule.

But, but... The brilliant John Kerry, who served in Vietnam assured us that "only" 5000 might be killed.

26 posted on 05/09/2010 12:59:09 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Yardstick
IIRC, the Pig Kennedy led the charge to abandon $ and military supplies to our S. Vietnam allies. This icon of the Left is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions.

Fast forward, didn't Hussein announce about a year ago that we would depart Iraq and/or Afghanistan this coming summer?

27 posted on 05/09/2010 4:40:07 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Democrats soil institutions.)
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To: Jacquerie
You recall correctly. Teddy Kennedy was one of the most malign influences in American political history. His protege was one John Kerry, who is carrying on the evil work. De mortuis nil nisi bonum my aching butt.
28 posted on 05/09/2010 4:47:26 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Wildbill22
As Gen. Vernon Walters put it:

“For over ten years, bombs rained down on every village and hamlet in South Vietnam, and no one budged. It took the coming of a Communist ‘peace’ to send hundreds of thousands of people out into the South China Sea, on anything that could float, or might float, to risk dehydration, piracy, and drowning.”

29 posted on 05/09/2010 5:05:26 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: Billthedrill

Okay, and isn’t there a deadline for departure from Iraq or Afghanistan?


30 posted on 05/09/2010 5:18:43 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Democrats soil institutions.)
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To: Jacquerie
No. That's good and bad - in the hands of a strategist who wants to keep the enemy guessing, it's good. In the hands of a feckless amateur who has never handled a firearm in his life and thinks that reading political polls is the Oracle of Delphi, it's bad, very bad.

0bama and his basket of fools will kill us in Afghanistan to the degree to which they think, like McNamara and Johnson, that they possess skills that translate to military expertise.

As for Iraq, this more or less informed amateur doesn't know. I think, based on incomplete information and broad principles that may have nothing to do with the situation on the ground, that we ought to be drawing down there more quickly than we are. That has to be balanced against Iran's increasingly desperate search for an external war that will distract her own people from their unnecessarily dire straits. This is all about Iran now, and neutralizing her leaders' ability to prosecute proxy war through militant Islamism. I'd like to think that our current administration appreciates that, but then I'd like to believe in the Tooth Fairy too.

31 posted on 05/09/2010 7:58:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: DJ Taylor; VU4G10
66. Part of a crowd of pro-Vietnam War demonstrators hold up signs and American flags in support of U.S. policy in Vietnam in Wakefield, Mass., on Oct. 29, 1967. The demonstration was organized by 19-year-old Paul P. Christopher, a Wakefield high school senior who became "burned up" by anti-Vietnam War demonstrators. (AP Photo/J. Walter Green)



1960's TEA Party

(I know I never saw this in the Maggot Slime Media back then!)

32 posted on 05/09/2010 9:50:51 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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