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Special Report | Ken Burns / Lynn Novick PBS Documentary Series 'The Vietnam War'

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The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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6 New Items including:

1) Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam – 'a war we have consciously ignored'
2) Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
3) A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About
4) Talking Points for Approaching the Burns/Novick PBS Vietnam War Documentary
5) The Vietnam War: A Film Everyone Can Embrace?
6) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing

September 17, 2017 | 

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6) Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing, Jerry Lembcke, Public Books
With The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have created a film that rehashes some old, tired tropes. In doing so, they distort what soldiers, veterans, and antiwar activists alike know about the war and its aftermath, especially inside the United States.

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5) The Vietnam War: A Film Everyone Can Embrace? Camillo Mac Bica, Vietnam Full Disclosure
Full Disclosure: The Truth About America's War in Vietnam

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Attached you’ll find PBS’ brief descriptions of the 10 episodes along with concise, documented talking points you can use when participating in local PBS panels, making public statements or doing news interviews. In addition to the brief talking points and discussion questions, we’ve provided excerpts from important publications that provide deeper insight and further documentation.
This paper will help you authoritatively address issues raised in the PBS series and answer fundamental questions about the war.

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3) A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About, By Frank Joyce, AlterNet
Don't expect an honest accounting of the atrocities commited by the U.S.

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2) Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: Reserve your seats for "The Vietnam War":  Screening and Discussion: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
  • There are going to be three events in the Twin Cities of Ken Burns: "The Vietnam War": Screening and Discussion. 
  • Part 2:  Full Disclosure: Re: The Burns-Novick PBS Series, About the US War in Viet Nam
  • The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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1) Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam – 'a war we have consciously ignored', David Smith, The Guardian

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In this December 1965 photo shot by Horst Faas, a US 1st division soldier guards Route 7 as Vietnamese women and schoolchildren return home to the village of Xuan Dien from Ben Cat. Photograph: Horst Faas/AP

Burns’s new 10-part, 18-hour epic film covers the conflict from all sides, and hopes to ‘shape more courageous conversations about what took place’

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Hunter S. Thompson’s 9/11 Essay Is Still Chillingly Accurate 16 Years Later

 

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Writer Hunter S. Thompson predicted “guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy” after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks Ho New/Reuters


“This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed ― for anyone,” he wrote.

David Moye, Huffington Post


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09/11/2017 | When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, no one knew exactly what the future would hold.

However, writer Hunter S. Thompson turned out to be amazingly prescient.

Shortly after the tragedy, the famed gonzo journalist wrote an essay for ESPN.com where he laid out his thoughts on what could happen in this new era.

Sixteen years later, his remarks are still chillingly accurate:

David Moye, Reporter, HuffPost, is a journalist with 20 years experience writing on offbeat subjects. He is the former senior editor of Wireless Flash, a news agency that provided The Daily Show, Good Morning America and many other shows with guest booking and news segments.

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Hunter S. Thompson’s 9/11 Essay Is Still Chillingly Accurate 16 Years Later

 

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Writer Hunter S. Thompson predicted “guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy” after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks Ho New/Reuters


“This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed ― for anyone,” he wrote.

David Moye, Huffington Post


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09/11/2017 | When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, no one knew exactly what the future would hold.

However, writer Hunter S. Thompson turned out to be amazingly prescient.

Shortly after the tragedy, the famed gonzo journalist wrote an essay for ESPN.com where he laid out his thoughts on what could happen in this new era.

Sixteen years later, his remarks are still chillingly accurate:

David Moye, Reporter, HuffPost, is a journalist with 20 years experience writing on offbeat subjects. He is the former senior editor of Wireless Flash, a news agency that provided The Daily Show, Good Morning America and many other shows with guest booking and news segments.

Full story … 

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Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

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  • Part 1: Reserve your seats for "The Vietnam War":  Screening and Discussion: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
    • There are going to be three events in the Twin Cities of Ken Burns: "The Vietnam War": Screening and Discussion. 
  • Part 2:  Full Disclosure: Re: The Burns-Novick PBS Series, About the US War in Viet Nam
    • The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Reserve your seats for "The Vietnam War":  Screening and Discussion: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

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There are going to be three events in the Twin Cities of Ken Burns: "The Vietnam War": Screening and Discussion.  The events are free, but you need to reserve seats.  Click on one (or more) of the links to reserve seats.

September 1, 2017 | Join Twin Cities PBS and our partners for an exclusive first look at clips from the Ken Burns film, followed by candid community discussions. These are FREE events, but attendees must RSVP in advance. Pick the date and location that works best for you. RSVP by clicking the links below:

To see a list of all upcoming Minnesota Remembers Vietnam events, visit mnvietnam.org/events.

The Ken Burns documentary series "The Vietnam War" will begin airing on PBS starting Sept. 17. This is very important business for us. Millions will watch this documentary and we want to make sure they get the Whole story and truth about the American war in Vietnam. This may be our last chance to really set the record straight on this part of our history.

Vets for Peace #27 has been very involved the last several years in making sure the history of the American war in Vietnam is not “white-washed” (as our government is currently trying to do fifty years later) and excused as “well, it was a sad time, mistakes were made, but we all did the best we could, time to forget and move on.”  We prefer the narrative:  “this war, and all the endless wars that we currently find ourselves in, must not be excused or tolerated for so many reasons!”

We are very interested in having as many people attend these screenings as possible to express the whole ugly truth about the Vietnam War and the full costs of this war.  Please go to the website to sign up for a screening at the venue of your choice. 

Barry Riesch is spearheading our chapter’s efforts in this campaign.  If you plan to go, please contact him to learn how you can help:  bwrvfp27@gmail.com.  There will be copies of the Full Disclosure newspaper to hand out to people as they leave.
He poses a question:  Does anyone have a space in their home or elsewhere with a television that can access PBS where we can gather as a group and view the series? 

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27
4200 Cedar Avenue S, Suite 7
Minneapolis, MN 55407-9998
(612) 821-9141
vfpchapter27.org
e-mail: vfpchapter27@GMAIL.COM


Part 2:  Full Disclosure: Re: The Burns-Novick PBS Series, About the US War in Viet Nam

The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

S Brian Willson, Facebook Posting

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But two substantial issues will not be posed in any serious manner that, if asked, would make much of the content of this series just distracting entertainment, because the series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

1. The US unilaterally and without any authentic justifications, invaded Viet Nam, and in fact a whole region, committing as it has done elsewhere, the ultimate international crime against peace (Nuremberg).

2. The US created a fictional government to represent US imperial interests in Southeast Asia, replacing the French before it, a government that possessed virtually no serious indigenous Vietnamese support, which required massive US military presence to defend the fictional government from the Vietnamese themselves. It was NOT a civil war, but one concocted by the US with malice aforethought.

S Brian Willson: Author / Speaker / Blogger / Activist

 

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Nuclear Disarmament, NOT Willingness To Preemptively Nuke Other Nations (2)

  • Part 1: Chilling Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Willing To Preemptively Nuke Other Nations
    • An even larger percentage of Americans would approve of a conventional bombing attack designed to kill 100,000 Iranian civilians in the effort to intimidate Iran into surrendering.
  • Part 2: Nuclear Disarmament NOT Nuclear Threats
    • Setsuko Thurlow: "…remember those who died and express the hope of those who survived that no human being should ever have to experience the inhumanity and unspeakable suffering of nuclear weapons"
  • Ralph Nader | We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home

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Part 1: Chilling Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Willing To Preemptively Nuke Other Nations

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In addition to a majority of Americans’ willingness to use nuclear weapons on civilians, the survey found “an even larger percentage of Americans would approve of a conventional bombing attack designed to kill 100,000 Iranian civilians in the effort to intimidate Iran into surrendering.”

Darius Shahtahmasebi,  Anti-Media 

August 31, 2017 | A new survey published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests Americans are willing to make a first nuclear strike against Iran and kill millions of civilians in the process.

According to the report, entitled “Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran,” although the majority of Americans initially approved of President Harry S. Truman’s decision to drop the nuclear bomb in 1945 on two civilian populations in Japan, a poll conducted in 1998 showed the number of Americans who approved of the decision had dropped since the 1970s and 1980s. This trend carried on even until the early 2000s and arguably to the present day.

Darius Shahtahmasebi has completed a Double Degree in Law and Japanese from the University of Otago, with an interest in human rights, international law and journalism. He's a fully qualified lawyer in two separate jurisdictions, and writes about foreign policy for Anti-Media.

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Part 2: Nuclear Disarmament, NOT Nuclear Threats

https://i1.wp.com/www.unitedforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TrumpKim.jpg?resize=480%2C319In the words of hibakusha Setsuko Thurlow, "…remember those who died and express the hope of those who survived that no human being should ever have to experience the inhumanity and unspeakable suffering of nuclear weapons"

Chris VinalesUnited for Peace & Justice 

August 16, 2017 | United for Peace and Justice objects in the strongest possible terms to President Donald Trump’s August 8 nuclear threat to "rain fire and fury like the world has never seen" on human beings. Trump doubled down on his alarming threat to North Korea two days later, saying: “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”

http://www.unitedforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ufpj-logo.png The world has seen the devastation caused by the “fire and fury” of nuclear weapons used by the United States on August 6 and 9, 1945, which indiscriminately incinerated tens of thousands of people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the end of 1945 more than 210,000 people – mainly civilians – were dead, and the surviving
hibakusha, their children and grandchildren continue to suffer from physical, psychological and sociological effects.

United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ) continues to serve as  a network  of hundreds of peace and justice organizations around the US and world.  Together we are working to end war and oppression, shift resources toward human needs, protect the environment and promote sustainable alternatives.

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Related:

Ralph Nader | We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home, Ralph Nader, The Nader Page / Dandelion Salad 

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America must come home: we must end the Empire of Militarism and of playing the role of policeman of the planet. Both of these habitual roles are backfiring and depleting trillions of taxpayer dollars that could be better used toward rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, strengthening our catastrophe-response networks and preparing for the coming megastorms like Hurricane Harvey.

 

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