From the early 1960s until 1973, the United States waged a war on Vietnam that left approximately 3.8 million people dead, 5.3 million civilians wounded, 11 million civilians made refugees (most by design), and 4.8 million civilians sprayed with toxic defoliants like Agent Orange -- which still causes birth defects and deaths today in a land whose natural environment has not recovered.
U.S. President Richard Nixon promised reparations that have never come. Click here to urge the U.S. government to pay reparations to Vietnam now.
Journalist/historian Nick Turse describes the war:
"To deprive their Vietnamese enemies of food, recruits, intelligence, and other support, American command policy turned large swathes of those provinces into 'free fire zones,' subject to intense bombing and artillery shelling, that was expressly designed to 'generate' refugees, driving people from their homes in the name of 'pacification.' Houses were set ablaze, whole villages were bulldozed, and people were forced into squalid refugee camps and filthy urban slums short of water, food, and shelter."
In 1977 the U.S. public learned of a 1973 promise made by then-President Nixon to North Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong of a "range of $2.25 billion" of reconstruction aid and $1 billion to $1.5 billion of food and commodity aid. A total of $3.5 billion in 1973, adjusted for inflation, is $19.4 billion in 2017. The U.S. has never made reparations on anything like this scale to Vietnam.
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> Washington Post: Nixon Note on Aid to Hanoi Disclosed
> Nick Turse, The Intercept: The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary Glosses Over Devastating Civilian Toll