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.