Sunday, February 10, 2013

From Moyers & Company

Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

February 8, 2013

Journalist Nick Turse describes his personal mission to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex.

Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans — including many accused of war atrocities — and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.

“American culture has never fully come to grips with Vietnam,” Turse tells Bill, referring to “hidden and forbidden histories that just haven’t been fully engaged.”


mythopolis said...

Wow...that was so moving to listen to...that war shaped my life...I wasn't in it, but in 1967 had a helluva job trying to dodge it...and now, so many years later, it seems we are into perpetual war from one front to another...the economy would likely collapse if we were not. Stay close to home is all I can say, because more shit is about to hit the fan.

Stickup Artist said...

Listening to this account, I believe it is likely that most people suffer from PTSD. So many traumas are perpetrated daily and everyone has a different threshold. I think battlefield traumas possibly need another classification altogether. It's that intense and should be taken very seriously and be addressed by government programs as a matter of routine. The idea of patriotism is one thing, but the actual experience is quite another.