Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Christmas Bombings of Vietnam 1972

I was 17 years old in 1972 and I was pissed off.  It was getting near Christmas and every day that I turned the news on the radio I would hear about another flurry of bombing raids on northern Vietnamese cities by hundreds of US bombers.  Hospitals were being bombed.  Civilian neighborhoods were being destroyed and Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and the rest of the war pigs were getting ready for their particular holidays.  I recall going to a protest in downtown Frankfurt against the bombings.  Particularly galling was the targeting of the hospitals.  Indeed, Bach Mai hospital was attacked more than once, killing more than 25 doctors and an unknown number of patients.  Here is a recollection from Vietnam Veteran Against the War Barry Romo, who was in Hanoi during the bombings.

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  1. I was stationed in Germany at the time of the 1972 Christmas bombing. Several GIs and supporters wrote a letter denouncing the massacre. It actually got published in "Stars and Stripes". Two weeks later the GIs who signed the letter were rounded up and sent to dispersed bases stateside in an attempt to breakup antiwar sentiment among GIs in Germany. -Andy Berman