Saigon – War Remnants Museum

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January 25, 2013 by brasiersarah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was from the War Remnats museum, this place really take a toll on your mind it has three levels of serious carnage. This is a picture of children vaporized by napalm a non discriminant weapon that thousands felt the wrath of.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are still many undetonated mines and bombs in Vietnam today this is a picture of a civilian who was unfortunate enough to fall victim to one of those ordinances. Vietnam was so poor after the war that one of the dangerous methods of income was to disarm bombs and mines and sell them for scrap metal. Many people lost their lives to this profession. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This are figures specific to the war and dose not include the lives lost  from starvation, birth defects and lack of humanitarian resources. Agent orange was one of the contributing factors thousands of deaths and deformities. Agent orange was dropped from planes (the Western ones) onto farmlands and forests in order to starve the troops and civilians and destroy the cover for guerrilla fighters. Though Agent Orange was not the only chemical used it was the most renowned. Approximately 76 million litres of this stuff was emptied over Vietnam and about 17% of forestation was affected, in some parts of Vietnam still nothing grows.

Agent orange would run into the stream the only drinking water for villages and is still to this day causing problems for the people of Vietnam. Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange. The Americans and Australians where also affected by Agent orange with some platoon by saturated with if from misplaced drops. Here are some figures from Wikipedia……………..While in Vietnam, the veterans were told not to worry, and were persuaded the chemical was harmless. After returning home, Vietnam veterans began to suspect their ill health or the instances of their wives having miscarriages or children born with birth defects might be related to Agent Orange and the other toxic herbicides to which they were exposed in Vietnam. Veterans began to file claims in 1977 to the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability payments for health care for conditions they believed were associated with exposure to Agent Orange, or more specifically, dioxin, but their claims were denied unless they could prove the condition began when they were in the service or within one year of their discharge.

By April 1993, the Department of Veterans Affairs had only compensated 486 victims, although it had received disability claims from 39,419 soldiers who had been exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.

I find it funny that a foreign country claiming to help the people of Vietnam did not have to foresight to see the everlasting effects this would have. Or did they? Bottom line is that that people are not learning from their mistake and generation later the same thing is happening only to a different country. To me it looks really simple but maybe there is something I am not getting or maybe I’m getting it fine, and that is something I would like to know. I would like to say that my opinion is that of what I feel at this time it is and is an open opinion that will listen to whatever has to be said. I’m sure that it will change many times from now but as it stands I believe that this was a senseless war that is being repeated in the Middle East. I am of the belief though it could be helping the people there it is not the primary reason for its foreign occupancy. But like I said I am of open mind so if there is a reasonable argument for I am all ears. I would also like to note that everything in this museum I took with a grain of salt I am fully aware that a museum like this is surely to be biased. But it is so hard to argue with some of the photos and if you disagree with me come to this museum and look for yourself or research it because there is plenty of information available.

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