Monday, October 11, 2010

In the film "Hearts & Minds" we got different voices that not only agreed with the war in Vietnam, we got voices that opposed  the war... people from both sides, U.S. and Vietnam. I found very interesting that Peter Davis included both sides of the war, because we can see what Vietnamese really had to say, we could see it and hear it directly from their mouths, and not from "Americans' mouths", that change or skip parts of the reality to "cover" things they do not want to make public. The voices from the people that live in Vietnam really make an impact on me, because I never knew the main reason of the war in Vietnam (..and still i do not get it..), and i think it is because the U.S. did not have a good reason to fight and kill innocent people, including children.
Something that I didn't expected to hear was that the pilots from the (U.S.) Air force did not know where exactly they were throwing the bombs, or chemicals at, they did not know if there was people, animals, houses, etc. on the ground, they were doing it "blindly" according to one of the pilots, (but I do not know ifi should believe him or not, because i think that everyone knows the purpose of war...).
Also, Peter Davis included many strong images (videos, and pictures) including the one where the little kid (on white) was hugging probably his father's picture, and crying, while he was buried.
The Vietnam War exemplifies the escalation of a civil war to an international war, as an effect of Cold War politics, marked by insecurity and distrust. As Vietnam turned into a quagmire, intellectuals and bureaucrats were forced to revaluate their ideology and policy. The Vietnamese conflict comprised the final assault on international stability. It is ironical then, that the warring sides claimed to be fighting to preserve stability and security

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mildred - Some interesting thoughts. For these blog posts, don't use other webistes or sources - stick to your reactions to your film. And when you do use sources, you must, must, must show when you're using someone else's words.

    It's an interesting question you raise about what pilots knew. I think there are different kinds of knowledge - the one pilot says, it's not that he didn't know he was dropping bombs on villages, but he didn't see it and didn't really take it in - he knew it in the abstract but not on a gut level.