The Vietnam/American War
Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City
Western tourists to Vietnam are given a demonstration
by this young man as to how the Vietnamese hid from and
ambushed American soldiers. The site is the Viet Cong's
Cu Chi Tunnel complex near Saigon, and amounts to a
display of devices/tactics used by the eventual winners.
It's better on video, but you can still see how he is
beginning to disappear into a tiny underground space.
One second more and nobody could tell a soldier hides there.
A wide variety of deadly booby traps are also displayed.
This is followed by a visit to Saigon's War Remnants
Museum, which includes pictures of Vietnamese children
disfigured by napalm. The largest displays are captured
American war material, such as the plane above.
The museum also has a captured American tank. One
interesting fact is that what we Americans call "The
Vietnam War" is referred to here as "The American War".
All this propaganda seemed so outdated to me. The real
story was a Coke display right next to the captured tank.
Vietnam and the United States are friends now, putting the
past behind them. So naturally Coke is everywhere, with no
concern for the irony of the scene being presented. Vietnam
is just another nation where American companies are
beginning to feel right at home. More examples follow.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by clicking
on: Ho Asked Me to Go