The lesson of Vietnam was so long ago.

Started Dec 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ed B
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Re: 58,000 didn't come home ? well...
In reply to René Schuster, Dec 27, 2012

René Schuster wrote:

jonrobertp wrote:

The rest of the story....is that 300,000+ Vietnamese men/women in the war didn't come come to their home either. It's all tragic. And the VC won in the end anyway....and after 20+ years, learned to relax the rules somewhat so that now it's more open than Cuba. A bit more. After so many died.

"58,000 didn't come home", well, what looks even worse to me is that more than 60,000, that did come home, committed suicide during the following years!

Probably the first time in history, that, in the context of a war, more soldiers died by their own hands than by the enemy!

And 40,000 came home, addicted to heroin. More than 800,000 that came home suffered/suffer from symptoms of PTSD, 150,000 wounded, 21,000 permanently disabled. In 1972, about 300,000 of the veterans spent their lives in US prisons, unable to find back into a normal life.

The 300,000+ Vietnamese, hmm, low estimates talk about 1.5 million, average numbers are closer to 2 million civilians and 1 million military. Not counting the millions that suffer until this day from US spraying actions of 20 million gallons of Monsanto dioxin, Agent Orange and Agent Blue!

RS

I'm not disputing anything you've said, but where are you getting these numbers?

60,000 committed suicide and 40,000 addicted to heroin doesn't sound like good information.

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