Frequent Wind

In April of 1975, Saigon finally “fell” to the Viet Cong insurgency. Here at DP, we have spent the past several days reviewing eyewitness accounts of the final evacuation, code-named Operation Frequent Wind. From the large chorus of voices, one in particular stands out: that of the distinguished Australian journalist John Pilger.

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of events that still haunt the political philosophy of American exceptionalism, we excerpt Pilger’s account below; we also include several of the many images taken from those events, images that float like debris from a maritime catastrophe through the oceans of the web:








Those who promoted and profited from the Vietnam war predicted a blood bath following the US departure; yet the blood bath had already happened, at places like Chau Doe and My Lai.

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