I made the grave error of visiting the War Crimes Museum/War Remnants Museum on July 4th.
The museum had remnants of American planes and tanks from the war and told the story of the war from the Vietnamese side.
There’s no need to rehash the events of 40 years ago. There are plenty of books and online resources to learn more.
As I walked through the museum I had a lump in my throat the whole time.
It was pretty horrible seeing the effects of Agent Orange on the people here. Picture after picture told a story of terrorism against civilians on a mass scale. There was an entire room dedicated to the suffering that Agent Orange caused the Vietnamese people during the war, and for generations to come. The pictures I took are too gruesome or sad to share here.
I never learned about this in school, and it’s just one of those things… Hard to accept. Hard to believe. Hard to understand. But that’s how war goes, right?
So, on this day of “independence” I encourage all to question the status quo. Freedom has become the most over-used and misunderstood word in the U.S. in the past decade. I question if a people are really free if, generation after generation, the citizens are lied to, subjected to mass propaganda, and forced to fight based on lies so others may profit in money or power. I’d call that oppression.. and one of the greatest lies ever sold.
Just my opinion…
About Adam Pervez
In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.