Sunday, November 27, 2016

Last days in Vietnam

The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses. By Philip Jennings
Excerpt: The Last Days in Vietnam is an Oscar-nominated documentary covering the very end of South Vietnam, in April, 1975. Rory Kennedy’s dramatically sad and horrific documentary is both difficult (for a Vietnam Veteran at least) to watch and a chronicle of American compassion and angst. The fall of a democratic society to Communist tyranny should be lamented by Americans, who sacrificed greatly in their defense. It is a film of pathos, frustrating and yet strongly uplifting at times as American soldiers, diplomats and newsmen risk their careers and their lives to save Vietnamese friends from the invading North Vietnamese Army. Uplifting, unless you’re Associate Professor Christoph Giebel of the University of Washington, Seattle. In a review of the film posted to the website of Vietnam Scholars Group (sic) by Professor Giebel, the film is “dangerously simplistic,” and “much more of a commentary on current US culture—steeped in nationalistic discourses of exceptionalism, thoroughly militarized, and narcissistic—than a reflection of its actual quality.” In fact, the film “is the worst attempt at documenting the war (he) has seen in a long time.” (Spotlighting a classic antiwar leftist professor here who is cheerfully indoctrinating young Americans with a totally warped view of this country, history, politics, etc. Wonder why we have so many young people with very poor views of our history and our society? This kind of teacher spouting horrific crap is one of the major causes. And he's a foreigner. (Even if he became a US citizen, which is possible, clearly his ideas are a long way from a patriotic American.) --Del)

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