Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sir! No Sir!

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Sir! No Sir!, an excellent documentary on the anti-war movement within the military during the Vietnam War, and I highly recommend it, not only to those who were there and those who only watched it on tv, but especially to those who weren't alive yet and who have been spoon-fed a fake history of the Vietnam War Resistance movement.

It was on the Sundance Channel, and I hope they will show it again. If not, it's on DVD and you can request your local video outlet to order a copy, if they don't have one already. Or even buy your own copy -- it's worth having in your collection.

These days, with the wholesale rewriting of the history of the Vietnam War (spitting on returning veterans, we could have won if it hadn't have been for the wimpy peacenik protesters/the media/the Democrats/name your villain) that has occurred over the intervening years, it's a refreshing look at the volatile anti-war movement that was taking place inside the military, beginning with, of all people, Green Berets, very early on. And it will amaze some and shock others to learn how widespread the anti-war movement became as the war ground on.

I'd like it to be mandatory viewing for all high school students, especially those in history class who are studying the Vietnam War.

Get it, see it, share it. It's worth the time.


Anonymous said...

Have you read the article about Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz? He turned in over 500 names of the Guantanamo prisoners in an unmarked valentine to a civil rights attorney. He got six months in jail and discharged from the service. Brave dude.

Peace Vet said...

Have to agree about SNS. It shows a truth about resistance that the bad guys have fought to bury for years.

I know several of the folks in the film and can verify that whats talked about is the tip of the iceburg.

The conviction of Mattew Diaz and the ploy to redischarge 2 members of IVAW because of their anti war actions are typical of a military that while claiming "our troops are 100% behind the mission" are terrified of a organized resistance within their ranks.