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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Kill Anything That Moves for
exposing the ugly, ugly truth about the American war against Vietnam.
It was a war of terror and mass murders by Americans. The American
military has been using terror tactics against civilian populations ever
since the American war against the Philippines in 1899. It used them
against Germany, Japan, North Korea, South America, Iran, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now the ISIS. All this military policy of killing
innocent civilians ever does is create more people that hate America.

Kill Anything That Moves
The Real American War in Vietnam

Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse (2013) - 416 pages
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Based on classified documents and first person interviews, a startling history of the American War on Vietnamese civilians.

Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by "a few bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against the Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to "kill anything that moves."

Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veteran and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington's long-suppressed war crimes investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called "a My Lai a month."

Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves, devastating and definitive, finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.

Nick Turse is the author of The Complex, the managing editor for TomDispatch.com, and a fellow at the Nation Institute. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation, among other publications. Turse's investigations of American war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.

10-21-16 The North Vietnamese propagandist who taunted American GIs
The North Vietnamese propagandist who taunted American GIs
Almost every American GI who fought in the Vietnam War knew the silken voice of Trinh Thi Ngo. “Hanoi Hannah,” as the troops called her, was a propagandist on North Vietnamese radio who played songs by Elvis, Bob Dylan, and the Animals and urged U.S. soldiers to give up the fight. “Defect, GI,” she would say in pitch-perfect English. “You know you cannot win this war.” Ngo chronicled U.S. defeats on the battlefield, read out long lists of GI casualties, and aired statements from American antiwar activists. “She’s a marvelous entertainer,” said Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot who was held captive by the North Vietnamese for 5½ years. “I’m surprised she didn’t get to Hollywood.” Ngo “was an unlikely candidate to become the voice of communism,” said The Daily Telegraph (U.K.). Born to a wealthy Hanoi family, she learned English from private tutors and Hollywood movies. “I always preferred American movies to French films,” she said. “The French talked too much.” After the 1954 division of Vietnam into the communist North and non-communist South, she joined Hanoi’s Voice of Vietnam radio. With the mass arrival of U.S. troops in South Vietnam 10 years later, Ngo began broadcasting three 30-minute shows each day, under the name Thu Huong (“Autumn Fragrance”). Many GIs listened to her broadcasts because her information was “sometimes more accurate than what could be gleaned from sanitized U.S. Armed Forces Radio,” said The Economist. She revealed in 1967, for example, that rioting was going on in Detroit. It was only after the war that she discovered GIs had called her Hanoi Hannah—not that she cared. “What mattered,” she said, “was that they listened to our radio programs.”

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Kill Anything That Moves
The Real American War in Vietnam

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Kill Anything That Moves for
exposing the ugly, ugly truth about the American war against Vietnam.
It was a war of terror and mass murders by Americans. The American
military has been using terror tactics against civilian populations ever
since the American war against the Philippines in 1899. It used them
against Germany, Japan, North Korea, South America, Iran, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now the ISIS. All this military policy of killing
innocent civilians ever does is create more people that hate America.