Watched The Vietnam War from

Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, ‘The Vietnam War’ tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film.

There is something uncanny about history. On the one hand something like Vietnam War feels knowable through popular culture and having actual been to Vietnam. However, after watching Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary, I feel that there is so much about Vietnam War that I neither knew or had not considered. It was all just so sad from so many perspectives, whether it be the seemingly endless deaths, the political lies and the legacy. This is captured in the following quote:

If you can’t count what is important, then you focus on what you can count.

I liked Vincent Okamoto’s point:

The real heroes are the ones that died.

It was also interesting to consider the comment about propping up the South Vietnamese Army in light of the collapse of Afghanistan.

Mistake was making an army in its own image.

On a side note, the choice of music throughout was great in setting the tone.