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Ken Burns’ “Vietnam”

September 25, 2017

must-read review by John Pilger of the new Ken Burns epic on the Vietnam War:

In the series’ press release in Britain — the BBC will show it — there is no mention of Vietnamese dead, only Americans. “We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy,” Novick is quoted as saying.  How very post-modern.

All this will be familiar to those who have observed how the American media and popular culture behemoth has revised and served up the great crime of the second half of the twentieth century: from The Green Berets and The Deer Hunter to Rambo and, in so doing, has legitimised subsequent wars of aggression.  The revisionism never stops and the blood never dries. The invader is pitied and purged of guilt, while “searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy”. Cue Bob Dylan: “Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?”

— Comment —

Pan Dora writes:

Perhaps Mr Pilger could make his own documentary about what happened after we left …. but I guess dead Vietnamese don’t matter to him if they die under Communism.

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