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War remnants museum

"Peace, solidarity, friendship, cooperation and development" - or we'll shoot you!


This is the War Remnants Museum in Saigon, and a place not to miss. It was formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, but in these more enlightened times, the name has been changed. It is still pretty clear who the bad guys are considered to have been though. Of particular interest to me was a display of photographic work by the War Correspondents killed during the 'American War'.


The display on the effects of Agent Orange and chemical defoliant sprays, the use of napalm and phosphorus bombs, and atrocities such as the My Lai massacre, are thought provoking - even if one can't entirely remove from one's mind that only one half of the story is being told (there seem to be no pictures of the 'South Vietnamese' captured in Hue in 1968 and shot, clubbed to death or buried alive for example). I guess the winners have always written the history!

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Taken on June 4, 2010