What a plodder. I don’t have a TV, so I’m smirking in my eddy, away from the river of muck flowing by. John Pilger, famous Anglo journalist, says Burns never even mentions 3 million Vietnamese murdered, much less the countless Cambodians and Laotians in the later secret wars, and is unclear as to the manner of instigating the war, the well known false flag attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.
What does it mean if you’re a famous documentarian but you refuse, or are afraid to, name names and point your finger? It probably means you got your rep the same way SHillary and Mr. President Obusha became hot and high earning authors and public speakers, and for the same reasons. You say what the obscure power groups expect you to say, and you bore the tits off anyone looking to actually learn something.
For those of you still slowly bell curving up to easy familiarity with the interwebs, when one word or phrase is blue alongside all the normally black words and sentences, that means that blue word is a link you can click on to go to a relevant article on another web page.
Here are a few key grafs from the Pilger article anyway:
To the north, in Quang Tri province, more bombs were dropped than in all of Germany during the Second World War. Since 1975, unexploded ordnance has caused more than 40,000 deaths in mostly “South Vietnam”, the country America claimed to “save” and, with France, conceived as a singularly imperial ruse.
The “meaning” of the Vietnam war is no different from the meaning of the genocidal campaign against the Native Americans, the colonial massacres in the Philippines, the atomic bombings of Japan, the levelling of every city in North Korea. The aim was described by Colonel Edward Lansdale, the famous CIA man on whom Graham Greene based his central character in The Quiet American.
Quoting Robert Taber’s The War of the Flea, Lansdale said, “There is only one means of defeating an insurgent people who will not surrender, and that is extermination. There is only one way to control a territory that harbours resistance, and that is to turn it into a desert.”
Nothing has changed. When Donald Trump addressed the United Nations on 19 September – a body established to spare humanity the “scourge of war” – he declared he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people. His audience gasped, but Trump’s language was not unusual.
His rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, had boasted she was prepared to “totally obliterate” Iran, a nation of more than 80 million people. This is the American Way; only the euphemisms are missing now.
Rather exceptional, wouldn’t you say?