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Vietnam: American Holocaust (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary | Video 8 November 2008
VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history, carefully planned and executed by presidents of both parties. Our dedicated generals and ... See full summary »

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VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history, carefully planned and executed by presidents of both parties. Our dedicated generals and foot soldiers, knowingly or unknowingly, killed nearly 5 million people, on an almost unimaginable scale, mostly using incendiary bombs. Vietnam has never left our national consciousness, and now, in this time, it has more relevance than ever. Claiborne documents the Whitehouse fabrication of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, and further, raises the question of whether JFK was assassinated to promote the Vietnam War. Martin Sheen, who played the leading role in Apocalypse Now almost 30 years ago, has generously lent his powerful voice to this actual history of the War in Vietnam. Written by Juri Koll for Linux Beach Productions

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Before Iraq there was Vietnam

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Excellent informative documentary...
1 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pastiche of interviews, clips from soldiers and shown in segments this documentary is sometimes shown on link TV or free speech TV (FSTV.com). It is informative and disturbing. A factual account of the My Lai massacre and weapons of destruction that were used on innocent villagers during the Vietnam war.

Some interviews with soldiers who were there includes a surgeon who explains how he was instructed to "win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese" by helping them with skin infections, and gaining their trust, so later attacks would be minimized. The psychology behind it, he said, was so disturbing he ended up resigning and faced court martial.

Martin Sheen narrates here and is a voice of reason, as the film questions what was actually accomplished in Vietnam. Some scenes are graphic as soldiers describe white phosphorous, nicknamed "willie-pete" which burns the skin from inside out, invented by Union Carbide. The documentary states that these chemicals are still being used today.

Anyone who enjoys this documentary will also enjoy Robert S. McNamara's "The Fog of War" which describes the military strategy of that time. "Winter Soldiers" is another excellent factual documentary on this disturbing era. 10/10. Very highly recommended and should be a must for all high school students to learn.


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