Category Archives: Laos

CIA activities in Laos

Vietnamese soldiers in Laos “CIA activities in Laos started in the 1950s. In 1959, U.S. Special Forces began to train some Laotian soldiers in unconventional warfare techniques as early as the fall of 1959 under the code name Erawan. Under … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War Is Over. The Bombs Remain.

Bombs, Agent Orange and the Lethal Legacy of Bombs in Quang Tri “Shading my eyes from the bright sun, I stared into the bomb crater amid the verdant rice paddies. While it had been nearly 50 years since the last … Continue reading

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Laotian Civil War

Laos became drawn into the Vietnam War primarily because the North Vietnamese began moving men and supplies through Laos as part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The photograph was dated March 18, 1970. “The Laotian Civil War (1953–75) was … Continue reading

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Vietnam War Hearing: John Kerry Testimony – Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971)

“I would like to talk on behalf of all those veterans and say that several months ago in Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated, veterans testified to war crimes committed … Continue reading

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Street without Joy – Bernard Fall (1961)

“Street without Joy is a 1961 book originally about the First Indochina War (1946-1954). It was written by Bernard Fall, a Franco-American professor, who had been a French soldier, and later an American war correspondent. The book’s first-hand investigation of … Continue reading

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What Went Wrong in Vietnam – New Yorker

In Lansdale’s counter-insurgency approach, soldiers were fighters but also salesmen. (Audio) “For almost thirty years, by means financial, military, and diplomatic, the United States tried to prevent Vietnam from becoming a Communist state. Millions died in that struggle. By the … Continue reading

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The Story of the Tet Offensive

“At the end of January, the media will commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal moments: the Tet Offensive. On January 30, 1968, the combined forces of the Viet Cong, the People’s Liberation Armed Forces … Continue reading

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