HuffPo Says Saying Vietnam Veterans were “Mistreated” is “Misleading.”
He even called the documentary a “sophisticated exercise in empire denial.”
The anti-war activist viewpoint always claims that the United States is trying to exercise “colonialism” over other countries when it becomes embroiled in a war. But that wasn’t what set off a Vietnam Veteran…it was this statement:
“The film is misleading at the outset in quoting an American soldier who recounts the pain of his homecoming, insinuating that veterans were maltreated in the United States – a trope often used to blame antiwar activists for creating this allegedly anti-veteran and divisive climate.”
also stated this:
“Burns and Novick mislead viewers further by showing footage of North Vietnamese migrating to the South fleeing communist terror and interviewing a woman whose family fled while leaving out the fact that the CIA worked to sabotage North Vietnam’s economy, created a fake resistance movement and coerced many Catholics and others to flee by spreading false rumors about Vietminh atrocities and promising them 40 acres and a mule.”
“False rumors” about atrocities? The CIA is not lily-white and never has been. But this is worded like something straight out of a Communist propaganda flyer.
This is from a Vietnam Veteran who read the HuffPo article and became extremely angry.
“When I came home from my village, I was actually asked ‘how many babies did I have to kill’ in my village. Then when we left, my village was massacred by the communists.” Jack Cunningham, USMC Vietnam Veteran
Vietnam veterans were spat upon, called names and in general often reviled. Personally I knew veterans who were treated like lepers, and were screamed at by people who viewed them as evil. They lost friends both in the war and at home. Some lost families in both places. Our United States veterans viewed as evil… it was the anti-war protesters of the 60s and 70s who created that issue.
There is only a contact page at the Huffington Post and not even a comment section for the article. In short, Mr. Kuzmarov, don’t minimize the sacrifice made by thousands of Americans. Don’t minimize the actions of the enemy.