Best and the brightest along the watchtower

Posted in cold war, history, music, rock by jrahman on May 8, 2012

My childhood was spent in a highly politicised and very much left-centre environment. Weekend breakfasts at our house involved shouting matches about Mujib’s decisions in 1971, or Khaled-Taher-Zia in 1975, or the Menon-Motia split in 1967, or about the best way to oppose Ershad, or the Soviet role in Afghanistan, or whether Bangladesh could have been a Vietnam had the Indians not intervened. 

I never paid much attention to the Vietnam War until we moved overseas.  Suddenly, Vietnam was everywhere.  Platoon, Rambo 1 and 2, Born on the 4th of July, and Full Metal Jacket came out within a few years of each other.  Tour of Duty was a big hit on the TV.  A -Team and MacGyver had Vietnam backstories.  There were lots of Vietnam related songs, from Born in the USA to Khe Sanh

I lapped up the pop culture, but somehow never got into the War itself.  I knew the broad outline of the conflict of course, from the Viet Minh and Dien Bien Bhu to the Tet Offensive and Agent Orange.  But somehow, until now, I hadn’t read a serious book on the conflict.  It’s changing now.  More on that, later.  For now, enjoy Jimmi. 

(Thanks NM for getting me interested)


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  1. shonpapri said, on May 9, 2012 at 1:30 am

    tomar naam, amar naam …

  2. fugstar said, on May 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

    ho chi minh.
    we salute you for defeating the french and the vietnamese.

    so many of the alternate show lines of 71 delude us further.

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