2014/05/04

Vietnam War Remembered

"The United States went to war in Vietnam for a very good reason. They were afraid Vietnam would be a successful model of independent development and that would have a virus effect - infect others who might try to follow the same course. There was a very simple war aim - destroy Vietnam. And they did it. The United States basically achieved its war aims in Vietnam by 1967. It's called a loss, a defeat, because they didn't achieve the maximal aims, the maximal aims being turning it into something like the Philippines. They didn't do that. But they did achieve the major aims."

Noam Chomsky 

To commemorate the anniversary of the official end of the war in Vietnam, Ngo Vinh Long, Noam Chomsky and Linda Pinkow share their current perspectives on the American involvement in Vietnam. The war still lives on for many, whether they be the victims of Agent Orange still being born today, veterans from all sides, or the bereaved.

Ngo Vinh Long is a professor of history at the University of Maine. His own involvement in the US's "counter-insurgency" effort in Viet Nam, as well as his intimate knowledge of Viet Nam as a country, will add a strong personal perspective on the war.

Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at MIT. He is also widely known as an anti-war activist during the war in Viet Nam. He has written and spoken extensively about the nature of the US involvement in Viet Nam.

Linda Pinkow is a co-news director of WMBR, MIT's radio station.


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