Suzette Martinez Standring: Vietnam: The healing effect of anti-war protest
I am in Vietnam where Americans are warmly welcomed. Odd. I'm 62 and I recall TV images of brutal jungle warfare. From 1964 to 1973 about 2 million tons of American bombs were dropped. As a teenager, I learned about napalm and Agent Orange. Most of all, I remember the anti-war protests. Apparently, so do the Vietnamese, and it has gone a long way toward healing. I traveled from Hanoi to Danang to Ho Chi Minh City (It's still "Saigon" to locals) where Americans are regarded well. Puzzling. Is it because a younger Vietnamese generation has forgotten? In Hanoi, a 32-year-old tells me her grandparents spent years in a "re-education camp" after the Americans left. Near Danang, another knows a child who is deformed from Agent Orange. In Saigon, an older man nurses his father, long disabled from torture. The war is not irrelevant.
Feb 14, 2017 10:39 AM