The Lessons of Vietnam
Program #CHON022. Recorded in Madison, WI on March 31, 1985.
The U.S war on Vietnam and Laos and Cambodia is shrouded in mythology. After the massive death and destruction President Carter was asked about reparations and he said there would be none. Why? Because “the destruction was mutual.” In this detailed and brilliant lecture Chomsky traces the tenets of U.S. imperialism. The rationale for intervention is the same: we are defending ourselves against aggression. Chomsky says, this “has deep roots in American history” and is a “fundamental principle not only of American statecraft but liberal scholarship as well.” How far does U.S. “sadism” extend? When “India in 1977 tried to send 100 water buffalo to Vietnam to replace the tens of thousands that we had wiped out in the war the U.S. threatened to withdraw Food for Peace aid to India.” The lecture is followed with a brief Q&A on Greece, the Peace Corps and the Middle East.
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