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Vets Set the Record Straight After PBS Documentary Spreads Leftist Lies About Vietnam War

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In a recent documentary called “The Vietnam War”, PBS gives a left-wing narrative of the Vietnam war – leaving out crucial facts including why we invaded North Korea in the first place. PBS also failed to mention the wonderful facts related to the horrors of communism. Of course, it doesn’t really surprise me, it’s not like the MSM likes to report accurately on the facts of the present, so why should we think they would report any differently on the past?

This week, veterans of the Vietnam War sent a letter to PBS, high-profile documentarian Ken Burns, and documentary sponsor Bank of America in an attempt to set the record straight on the facts concerning “The Vietnam War,” a PBS documentary series that’s turning a lot of heads.

American Vietnam War veterans and South Vietnamese Vietnam War veterans meet to discuss the PBS documentary on the Vietnam War by American filmmaker Ken Burns on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

According to PJ Media, veterans argue that the documentary series fails to mention key aspects of the conflict, “including the communist connections of North Vietnamese dictator Ho Chi Minh and the brutal repression after the war.”

Although I personally have yet to see the series myself, that accusation does seem to hold at least some water.

In an interview with far-left publication Mother Jones, neither Burns, who co-produced the series with Lynn Novick, or his interviewer mentioned the words “communism” or “communist” — not once, and it was a fairly length interview.

Lewis Sorley, a Vietnam War veteran, historian, and director at Vietnam Veterans for Factual History, was quick to remind them that this was more than just some unjust blunder.

“The whole cause of all this agony and bloodshed was the aggressive North Vietnamese invasion of the South. If it hadn’t been for that, none of this ever would have happened,” he told PJ Media.

“Burns never seems to find that worth mentioning or condemning and I wonder why.”

Sorley claimed that Burns and his team “had clearly decided that they wanted to tell the standard left-wing narrative of an unwinnable, unjust war.”

PJ Media further reports that the documentary obscured the evil intrinsic to communism.

And that should be an outrage to every American interested in an honest appraisal of history.

As the letter from the Vietnam Veterans for Factual History noted, they had four major issues with the series:

  1. They felt that the documentary showed “U.S. support for South Vietnam as blustering, blundering jingoism.”
  2. They were outraged over the minimization of Ho Chi Minh’s communism.
  3. They felt the series ignored South Vietnam’s valor.
  4. They felt the documentary glossed over communist atrocities.

While I’ve not yet seen this documentary series myself, I have seen every other major series Burns has put out, and from that I can tell you — these veterans almost certainly have legitimate beef.

Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” documentary is still argued over, and that series was released in 1990.

Of course, our Vietnam veterans are angry and disappointed! Wouldn’t you be if you were actually there and the story of your war was not reported with accurate and vital facts including why the war was even fought? How sad is that?

“The Vietnam War” — a 10-part, 18-hour PBS documentary by American filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that concluded Thursday night — depicts the history of the war through photographs, archival footage and interviews with more than 80 veterans and witnesses from all sides. The film has been hailed as a hard-hitting, raw account of the war and the players involved.

From Military News:

On Thursday evening, hours before the film’s final installment aired, a group of American and South Vietnamese veterans came together at a San Jose home to share memories of the war and talk about the documentary.

Sutton Vo, a former major in South Vietnam’s army engineering corps, watched the series but has told friends and family not to do so. The film is “pure propaganda,” he said.

“The Vietnam War included the Americans, South Vietnam and North Vietnam. But in the 18 hours, the role of South Vietnam was very small,” said Vo, 80. “Any documentary should be fair and should tell the truth to the people.”

After the war, Vo was sent to a communist “re-education” camp, where he was imprisoned for 13 years. At one point, he said, he was confined for three months to a pitch-black cell virtually 24 hours a day — his feet shackled and his hands bound with rubber string — after an escape attempt.

Despite South Vietnam’s fall to the communists in 1975, he said, South Vietnamese soldiers did what they could with what little they had.

We fought for our country with our best,” Vo said. “We didn’t need the Americans to do our job for us. We didn’t need the American GIs to come and fight for us. We needed money, supplies and international support.”

Like Vo, Cang Dong spent time in a re-education camp; he was freed in 1987. Dong, 70, president of the local chapter of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, has just started watching the series, but said he’s unhappy with what he sees as the filmmakers’ glorification of Ho.

“Everything is a big lie,” he said. “To our people, Ho Chi Minh was a big liar and immoral.”

Like I said, why should our expectations of the MSM be any different from the present situation? If the MSM can’t report the real facts on Trump or Clinton, why should we expect the past to be reported any differently?

The Vietnam War was also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a war that occurred in VietnamLaos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies and the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. 

Direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War ended on 15 August 1973. The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army in April 1975 marked the end of the war, and North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities. Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million. Some 240,000–300,000 Cambodians20,000–62,000 Laotiansand 58,220 U.S. service members also died in the conflict, and a further 1,626 remain missing in action.

Today, we honor our veterans from the Vietnam War with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre U.S. national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (missing in action, MIA) during the war.

The memorial currently consists of three separate parts: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, completed first and the best-known part of the memorial; the Three Servicemen Memorial, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

The wall originally listed 58,191 names when it was completed in 1983; as of May 2017, there are now 58,318 names, including eight women. Approximately 1,200 of these are listed as missing (MIAsPOWs, and others).

God Bless Our Military and God Bless Our Vietnam Veterans!

 

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