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(English) The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) broadcast on Australia’s ABC1 Television on January 24th

3 Responses to “(English) The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) broadcast on Australia’s ABC1 Television on January 24th”

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    novelist2001:

    I saw that ABC broadcast last night, was stunned and disgusted. Having grown up in West-Berlin I had been on the side of anti-communism and the US, but this changed.
    We cannot do a lot about past injustices, but we should not forget that these happened in the days before WikiLeaks and if we are to allow the deletion of WikiLeaks (or similar) history will repeat itself over and over again. Would the damage in Laos have been less had there been a WikiLeaks in 1970? I think so.

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    Mike Campbell OAM:

    As an ex-National Serviceman and later anti-Vietnam organiser I wonder now why ,on Anzac Day, why we shouldn;t hold high the flags of the NLF in Vietnam and Pathet Lao in Laos to mourn also the massive loss of life incurred by these brave people.

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    Jim Johnston:

    I didn’t watch the documentary, because ironically, i was in Ban Na Koud, Houaphanh Province in Nothern Laos , where the villagers said they hid in the forest for 6 years during that time. They said they lived on vine roots, squirells and could only light a fire at 6:00AM so that the smoke would look like morning mist, and wouldn’t give away their position.
    On the other hand, i have met people who were involved in humanitarian work in Air America at that time, and have also heard of the risks they took and the losses they incurred while trying to help Lao people as well.
    Jim

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