Glorify War No More

I was invited to attend the Seattle VFP meeting this morning (Chapter 92) to give a presentation about the Vietnam Friendship Village Project. We had a good discussion afterward, about the Friendship Village, about U.S. cleanup efforts (information about this, the history of the issue, and efforts to address the A.O. legacy on a humanitarian level can be found here), and about the ongoing campaign for justice for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange. One of our conversational threads was the unfortunate propaganda campaign launched by the Obama Administration to whitewash and otherwise glorify the Vietnam War—an effort to defeat the “Vietnam Syndrome” once and for all, I suppose. Anyway, it reminded me that I wanted to share this excellent article by David Swanson posted on August 13, 2013 on War is a

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