|Hanoi in 2009|
Years before President Obama announced the Pentagon program to revise the history of the Vietnam War, I noticed a rising tide of propaganda designed to have the war remembered in imperialist terms, such as the 2005 documentary series Heart of Darkness: The Vietnam War Chronicles 1945-1975. In as much as it was a low period in mass activity, at least as far as I could see, and I was flush with money from selling the family home in Atlantic City, I set out to produce a documentary that would tell the unvarnished truth about the Vietnam War in a way that had never been done before. I wanted to highlight the fact that what we call the Vietnam War was an American made holocaust. We murdered over 3 million Vietnamese; we where not the good guys in this war.
The result was Vietnam: American Holocaust, release in November 2008. I asked Martin Sheen to narrate it because, who else are you going to call when you set out to make the ultimate Vietnam War doc?
I was working on the sequel, Vietnam: People's Victory, which I hoped to release in 2011, when the Arab Spring broke out. Before resuming work on the screenplay the morning of 14 January 2011, I checked my email and found a message from the Electronic Freedom Foundation about the revolution taking place in Tunisia and the need for my material assistant. I put the doc work on hold and never looked back. Remembering the revolution of 40 years ago would have to wait. A new era of revolutions was just then kicking off and I planned to be fully involved.
Vietnam: American Holocaust is available from Amazon.
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The "Left's" Crime Against Humanity
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