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Friday, 31 October 2008

Winning hearts and minds in Vietnam: Rain on the leaves

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7698467.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7693208.stm


Winning hearts and minds in Vietnam


By Martin Bell


The songs were meant to win the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese
In my 46 years of experience in journalism, I have often found that the most remarkable material surfaces by accident.
So it is with the Saigon Songs, recordings made in the Vietnam War, which have never been broadcast before.
They are among the most moving mementoes of war I have ever heard.
Their edge is sharpened, it seems to me, by a special relevance to the wars of today.
The Saigon Songs date from the Americans' hearts and minds campaign, between 1965 and 1967, as they poured their ground troops into Vietnam in support of the South Vietnamese government.

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A most interesting article on today's BBC website.
In the two posts below are two versions of the song by Pham Duy, Rain on the leaves.
A most moving song, in particular for anyone who was ever in Vietnam during that period.
My first tour in South Vietnam was from 1965 to 1967. That was a good period. It was from 1968 that things went terribly wrong.

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