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Vietnam

03/02/05 | by admin [mail] | Categories: culture/news

From 1964 to 1972, the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the history of the world made a maximum military effort, with everything short of atomic bombs, to defeat a nationalist revolutionary movement in a tiny, peasant country--and failed (A People's History of the United States, 469).

By the end of the Vietnam war, 7 million tons of bombs had been dropped on Vietnam, more than twice the total bombs dropped on Europe and Asia in World War II--almost one 500-pound bomb for every human being in Vietnam (ibid, 478).

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Others (like my brother who has studied this some) might argue that the U.S. in fact didn’t really try very hard to win this war, dropping bombs into the sea, etc. And of course it depends on what your measure of success is. The arms manufacturers made out like bandits.


Matt [Visitor]03/05/05 @ 07:33


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