Monday, May 4, 2015

Documentary Review: The Fall of Saigon

This documentary portrays one of the most tragic moments in U.S. history.  It is presented by a You Tube site Maharbal which says it was posted in 2014.  These events actually took place 40 years ago this past week.  I was a senior in high school.
I lived through these events, and the nightly news which tried to tell the public what to think about them.  I thought they were tragic at the time.  In a very real sense the United States abandoned its allies and left them hanging in the wind to a fate worse than death.  I think events since the fall of Viet Nam have born this out.  However at the same time, Viet Nam has been a united country since.
I had a friend from work, who served as a doctor in the South Vietnamese Army, and was subjected to the re-education camps.  What a horrid life under communism.  And they say this was freedom. After released form the camps, he talked about the life of the people.  They could not be seen to have any wealth.  If you had chicken, you closed the curtains so no one could see and report to the government. We have all heard of the killing fields.  Millions of people died, so we could have peace.
Sometimes answers are not easy.  However I have a hard time getting my brain around the idea that this was the right way to go.  This documentary focuses on the last push towards Saigon,  from several sides, the government of Viet Nam, the U.S. military, the South Vietnamese military, and the North Vietnamese military.  It also focuses on the thousands who were left behind.  What a tragedy.

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