Will America Ever Grapple With The Atrocities It Committed In Vietnam?

There has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century — misery for local nationals.

Pham To looked great for 78 years old.  (At least, that’s about how old he thought he was.)  His hair was thin, gray, and receding at the temples, but his eyes were lively and his physique robust — all the more remarkable given what he had lived through.  I listened intently, as I had so many times before to so many similar stories, but it was still beyond my ability to comprehend.  It’s probably beyond yours, too.

Pham To told me that the planes began their bombing runs in 1965 and that periodic artillery shelling started about the same time.  Nobody will ever know just how many civilians were killed in the years after that.  “The number is uncountable,” he said one spring day a few years ago in a village in the mountains of rural central Vietnam.  “So many people died.”

And it only got worse…

http://www.alternet.org/world/will-america-ever-grapple-atrocities-it-committed-vietnam

In answer to the title question: Not likely.  Instead the nation will be lied to and deceived on the road to oblivion.  Kissinger is still free.  Colin Powell is still free.  All subsequent Presidents have made statements like this one:

…In his Proclamation urging us all to participate in what amounts to an orgy of self-congratulations and forgetfulness, President Obama said:

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces….

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/10/oliver-stone-obama-and-the-war-in-vietnam/

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