War, Huh, Yeah, What Is It Good For

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Brett in a rikshaw

Yesterday saw a  rikshaw ride around Sai Gon, first visting The War Remnants Museum.  Outside sit tanks and helicopters, inside is where you're given an explicit and graphic account of the war through photographs, charts and written details.  You can easily see the bias and hatred towards the Americans in the facts and figures and so you have to take them with a pinch of salt, I'm not saying they is no blame there but you will find it VERY hard to find an equal opinion in communist Vietnam.  The photos though, unfortunately, do not lie.  There really are some that made me feel sick looking at them - it was hard to leave that place without feeling a wash of despair drown you, but right at the end before you exit there is that shiny beacon of hope in the form of pictures drawn by Vietnamese children, represnting peace, love and happiness :)

Today was a trip tp the Cu Chi Tunnels, where in the war both Military and Cu Chi people used tunnels to attack the American soldiers.
Drawing by a Vietnamese child, representing peace and friendship
  Again very biased, with a real propaganda film to start the tour off, made in 1967, I couldn't believe it was still in use.  I found the whole tour not to my taste, as all we were really shown were how good the Cu Chi people were a killing American soldiers, how they did it (some awful ways) and how they were given more medals the more they killed.  I would have liked to see how they survied in the tunnels, living underground, 10 meters in some cases.  But alas, death was on the menu for today.
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Brett in a rikshaw
Brett in a rikshaw
Drawing by a Vietnamese child, rep…
Drawing by a Vietnamese child, re…
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