Former journalist Ronald Haeberle, who took the photos of the My Lai massacre in 1968, which produced outrage across the world, has sent The VnExpress newspaper photos never seen by the public. 43 years ago, on March 16, 1968, Ronald Haeberle was embedded with US soldiers going to My Lai village in Son My district, Quang Ngai province as a war correspondent. The US soldiers massacred 504 civilians, they were mainly women, children and the elderly. The four-hour massacre and destruction of houses have obsessed and haunted him all his life. One year after the event, Ronald Haeberle decided to announce his photos about the massacre inLife magazine, the first time he brought the matter to the world. "Once the truth is invisible, it is not inhumane," the author said of the photos when asked about his decision to publish the exclusive photos. Among the photos he took in Son My village on that fateful day, some have not been announced to the world. Now he decided to introduce them through … [Read more...] about Photos about My Lai massacre never published before
Massacre haunted house
The journey back to Son My in Quang Ngai province to entertain the souls of the civilians massacred by the US Army in 1968 with his violin's sounds of apology marked a turning point in Roy Mike Boehm's life. The trip has also bound this US veteran with people in Quang Ngai in particular and Vietnam in general for the past 15 years now. Seasonal rains make the road to Nuoc La village, in Ba To mountainous district, Quang Ngai province, slippery and muddy. Despite that fact, Roy Mike Boehm still pushed himself ahead to be on time for a ceremony to hand over a house to the family of Pham Van Thi, a victim of Agent Orange/Dioxin. The house was built with donations from US veterans who were mobilised by Roy Mike Boehm himself and Madison Quakers, Inc. Thi's mother embraced Mike as he reached the lane to her new house. Tears welled up in her eyes and she could not utter a word. For nearly 25 years, her son, an Agent Orange/Dioxin victim, has had to struggle with pains on the floor and now … [Read more...] about US veteran and 15-year close relations with Vietnam
Forty-five years after the My Lai Massacre, the Americans who rained terror here return in an attempt to heal the wounds Mike Boehm visits a farm in Quang Ngai Province's Son Tinh District where his charity work helps local farmers raise pigs. Many US veterans have returned to the area, known for the My Lai Massacre, to remember the people killed and to help the local poor. Son My villagers call Mike Boehm "older brother Mike," a term of respect Boehm has earned over 15 years of visiting the area's poor doing anti-poverty charity work. Son My Village is the location of the infamous My Lai Massacre, and though Boehm did not take part in that atrocity, he was part of the larger crime and is doing his best to repent. My Lai was the name of a smaller hamlet targeted in the village. This March 16, the 45th anniversary of the massacre, Boehm is going to play violin at the My Lai Massacre Monument in Quang Ngai Province's Son Tinh District. He has played the same somber … [Read more...] about US vets want to make amends in Vietnam
On the 22nd August 2007 in Kansas City in his address to a meeting of American veterans who have fought in foreign wars, US President George W. Bush raised his voice against the thinking of the majority of American people who demand that the US administration withdraws US troops from Iraq. To create support for the increase in the numbers of US troops and continue the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush generalized and made comparisons with the war in Vietnam and others in which US troops have participated in. He then compared these lessons to the current situation in Iraq. 4 days after his address to this meeting, in his regular speech which was broadcasted on radio, Mr. Bush repeated his arguments and reiterated that the war in Iraq is now similar to the Vietnam war more than 30 years ago. So Americans should support his plan to keep American troops in Iraq in order to avoid making a similar mistake, which happened in Vietnam, as the result of an early withdrawal of US troops. Immediately … [Read more...] about Ignorance or self-conceit or â¦.
It is said that Le Van Luyen’s sin has awaken the cruelty in many people who have been followed this nation-shaking case. Only four percent of killers born in normal families: report Teenage murder Le Van Luyen has become the hottest topic on online forums. Almost the entire online community says that “death must be paid by death” and Luyen must die. On Facebook, groups of people who want to impose death penalty on Luyen have been set up and attracted thousands of members in several days. These groups are named “The society of people who want to kill Le Van Luyen”, “The society of people who go mad with Le Van Luyen”, Must sentence Luyen to death”, or “One millions of signatures for the death of Le Van Luyen”. On these pages, thousands of people criticized, condemned and cursed Luyen, who killed a couple who ran a goldsmith’s store in Bac Giang province, their 9-month-old daughter and cut off the hand of their … [Read more...] about Massacre at goldsmith’s shop “awakes” cruelty?
The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The museum opened in September 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government”, focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.Since then, it has undergone many changes and renovations due to the process of normalization of relation between Vietnam and the United States, such as the change to its current name in 1993.The Vietnamese War is possibly the only thing in the minds of foreigners before coming to this nation. Though the country has changed itself and the prejudice has somehow been replaced by a new modern developing image, it’s crucial for tourists to look at the war from a different perspective. And this famous museum is where they can transform an ordinary visit to an intellectual yet remarkable trip.Nowadays, the museum functions as a place to display devastation of the war between 2 countries from 1961 to … [Read more...] about Visit HCM City War Remnants Museum through photos
Nguyen Thi Thanh says it’s a painful and harrowing story to relive again and again, but she has to tell it. Nguyen Thi Thanh tried to delay the story. She poured water and passed some snacks around 30 South Korean visitors at her small drinks stand along a highway in the central province of Quang Nam. “I don’t want to keep telling these stories,” Thanh said. Thanh is among the few survivors of the massacres South Korean troops committed across several villages in central Vietnam in 1968 during the Vietnam War. She was eight when she witnessed the murders of her mother, brother and sister. A South Korean group has been holding memorial services this year on the anniversary of the massacres, and the meeting between Thanh and 30 people brought by the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation on Monday evening was an emotional part of that. The deadly attack on her village took place on the morning of February 12, 1968 just a few days after a South Korean jeep was … [Read more...] about In tale of massacre, Vietnamese survivor wants South Koreans to ‘know the truth’
An American veteran of the Viet Nam War has been accepted into the Vietnam Women's Union chapter in Quang Ngai Province, and the pride he feels is clear to all. After witnessing the massacre of innocent civilians by US troops, Roy Mike Boehm, who was stationed in Cu Chi outside Sai Gon, sought and gained a discharge from the army. Returning home, Mike felt betrayed by his government and even his family. The Americans' unjust action in Viet Nam haunted the ex-soldier and he decided to do something to atone for his part in it and to ease the suffering of the people he had victimized. Eventually he came up with the idea of raising capital for poor women in the central province of Quang Ngai so that they could escape their poverty. In 1992, a nervous Mike returned to Viet Nam with a dozen other US veterans. His discomfort left him, however, as soon as he saw a Vietnamese security guard gently guiding a friend, who had lost one leg, as he hobbled toward the airport lobby. Mike soon … [Read more...] about Viet Nam Women’s Union Embraces US Veteran
The White House said Tuesday that Obama plans to support a reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons, a move that suggests a significant shift for a president who, during his first term, moved gun control to the bottom of his list of priorities.In the days following the massacre, pressure from Democrats has indeed mounted on Obama to take action. After all, they say, he is no longer up for re-election and therefore does not have to worry about appealing to the pro-gun wing of the party.Beyond the political sphere, there has also been a swell of outrage from the public; a petition on the White House website demanding stricter gun laws has been signed by more than 150,000 people (a record), and polls conducted after the shooting show a majority of Americans favouring tighter regulations -- including a ban on semi-automatic weapons.The consensus this time seems to be that Obama has no choice but to try to follow through on his promise -- and that his heart is in it. "President … [Read more...] about What can President Obama do about gun violence?
VietNamNet Bridge - The exhibition house of war crimes was established in 1978. In 1995, it was renamed the HCM City War Remnants Museum. The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The museum opened in September 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government", focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Since then, it has undergone many changes and renovations due to the process of normalization of relation between Vietnam and the United States, such as the change to its current name in 1993. The Vietnamese War is possibly the only thing in the minds of foreigners before coming to this nation. Though the country has changed itself and the prejudice has somehow been replaced by a new modern developing image, it's crucial for tourists to look at the war from a different perspective. And this famous museum is where they can transform an ordinary visit to an intellectual … [Read more...] about Visit HCM City War Remnants Museum through photos