Saigon

Saigon

While in Saigon I took a trip out to the jungles to see the tunnel complex that protected the north Vietnamese.  Of course it was a tourist attraction and I joined a guide who walked the group through the jungle, pointing out the tunnel entrances.  I have a picture posted of the guide showing a tunnel entrance.   His lecture was with bias; he referred to us as the invaders.   There were thatched huts with tanks, some tunnels available to walk through and at the end of the tour we were subjected to a movie that was really biased.  Again my impressions were reinforced that the war could not be won and it was not about the Vietnamese and America, rather between China, Russia and America.  The war just happened to be in Vietnam, a sad consequence for them.  While in Vietnam I also saw parts of the jungle that had been rendered sterile by Agent Orange and I saw children and women with effects from the chemicals.  I spoke with a man from south Vietnam who when he was drafted into military service in the last 10 years was sent to Cambodia to clear the mine fields.  Vietnamese with southern connections are given the worst assignments.  Millions of mines still exist in Cambodia even though there is a continuing effort to clear them.   The loss of life of a generation of young American women and men is tragic.  My husband was drafted for Vietnam and died at age 52 of Hepatitis C,   It could have been from the immunizations.  So many lives were affected by that war.  The scars remain today.