Decades after the guns fell silent, the American War in Vietnam continues to claim lives. Reporting from Vietnam, I personally witnessed all sorts of lethal unexploded ordnance — from M-79 grenades to cluster bombs — scattered in the fields where adults work, children play and animals graze. All too often, people fall victim to these rusting munitions, as happened just a few days ago. The Associated Press reports that a “mortar shell left from the Vietnam War… exploded in a southern village, killing four children and seriously injuring five other people.”
The Associated Press’ George Esper — one of the most tenacious reporters on the planet and the star of too many Vietnam War correspondents’ “scoop stories” to count — has died. He was 79.
A proposed cover for my next book. Thoughts?
My latest review essay for TruthDig.com which looks at two American generals, David Petraeus in Afghanistan today and Ira Hunt, in Vietnam during the American War (as the Vietnamese call it) and draws some parallels. I also take on Hunt’s latest book, The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam and offer an analysis of the sordid history Hunt left out. Click the title above or the link here to take a look:
“For more than four decades, Sann Khuon has intermittently lived in Kampong Cham province’s Memot district – on land where three American soldiers are suspected to have been killed and buried during the Vietnam War.
“Three decades later, Sann Khuon and a team of 20 Cambodians are excavating the suspected burial site.”
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