A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War.
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Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, a 26-part Canadian television documentary on the Vietnam War, was produced in 1980 by Michael Maclear. The series aired in Canada on CBC Television, in the United States and in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. Maclear visited Vietnam during the production of the series and had access to film material there. He was the first Western journalist allowed to visit that area since the war. The documentary series was consolidated into 13 hour-long episodes for American television syndication. The series was released on videocassette format by Embassy and won a National Education Association award for best world documentary. Series writer Peter Arnett was an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975. CBC aired only 18 of the episodes during the 1980-81 season because the series production was incomplete. The remaining episodes were broadcast during CBC's 1981-82 season. British audiences saw the series during Channel 4's 1984-85 season. Written by Elmer Gilman

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The Americans Did The Right Thing, The Communists F*cked the Country Up
3 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All The Americans did was try to protect the South Vietnamese from North Vietnamese, Communist Oppression. They gave them every opportunity to defend themselves, with considerable money and sacrifice. Sadly, the South was unable to take advantage of that assistance, and protect themselves. However, that was not the fault of the Americans, nor did it make the effort unworthy.

Today, Vietnam is turning to capitalism, and hopefully, they will eventually turn to democracy as well. However, there is no question that South Vietnam would have been far better off if it had never had to deal with Communist oppression in the first place.

Ultimately, is is sad that the South was not able to benefit from American assistance, and develop a viable non-communist government. But the Americans can not be blamed for this, and they certainly should not be blamed for trying to do the right thing. Few democracies would exist today, of course, if not for American assistance and intervention.


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