American Army: A modest proposition
cdbrady at attglobal.net
Thu Jul 24 18:14:03 MDT 2003
It may interest you to know, Nestor, that the highest proportion of US
KIAs in Nam per proportion of the general population of the USA was
My mentor, a Tejano professor who just helped me battle the bureaucracy
to achieve my second Master's degree, is a vet of the war. He told me
of going to see The Wall in Washington, DC. As he read the names carved
into that black granite wall, he began to see the Latino names get
larger and larger in his mind's eye until his two visual orbs overflowed
with bitter tears.
Without diminishing the point,
let us consider that point
as a starting point.
There are 58,209 names of U.S. citizens on the Vietnam Veterans Monument
in Washington, D.C. Since its unveiling, the list of names chiseled into
the stone has grown and continues to grow with the addition of those who
succumbed to war-related injuries and the discovery of the remains of
2,000,000 Vietnamese were killed in the imperialist war that lasted from
1954 to 1975, not including previous battles against the Japanese
occupation or subsequent casualties caused by the conflict (e.g., UXBs,
UXMs, Agent Orange, Agent Pink, turmoil in the region (Cambodia, etc.),
2,000,000 divided by 58,209 equals 34.35894792901,
for an approximate ratio of 34 Vietnamese for every one (1) American
killed, i.e. 34:1.
The Vietnam Veterans Monument, known to some as The Wall, is really two
walls made of panels of black granite, each 2468 in length.
To make a monument to the VIETNAMESE on the same scale as The Wall, we
would have to multiply the two segments of The Wall, which together add
up to 4934, by 34.35894792901, which would total 16938.961329 +
11.452982643 (i.e. 4 x 34.35894792901), or approximately 16950 feet,
that is approximately 2.9, or close to (i.e., effectively equal to, if
you're a physicist)
t h r e e m i l e s.
>From where The Wall begins, this new hypothetical American War (as it is
called in Vietnam) Victims Memorial would stretch beyond the confines of
the Mall, across the Potomac River all the way to and even past the
Arlington Military Cemetary.
*Estimates range as high as 3,000,000
These observations are not intended to diminish the suffering of anyone
on any side of that horrible, INSANE conflict. A fair memorial to the
Vietnam War would include all casualties from the Vietnamese people as
well as from the American troops, Australian forces, and Canadian
volunteers and others who were affected by the hostilities. We might
consider also the great treasure wasted on war matériel, fuel, medical
supplies, rehabilitation, etc., that could have been spent saving rather
than destroying lives. A wall might not be adequate for this task.
Maybe a window or a door. The people of the world need some opening
through which will shine the Light of Reason that can show the way we
can get it together.
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