Miguel Gonzalez Dr. Tran/Shenk SBS381 Turse, N. (2013).Overkill. In Kill Anything That Moves; The Real American War in Vietnam (pp. 76-107). New York: Henry Holt and Company. (pp. 31). This chapter in Turse book is a chapter that explains “overkill”. It explains what it was and what it did, as well as the outcomes it had when it ended. Overkill was an operation that was lethal and was meant to destroy. The United States army had very lethal technology in their hands, which was described as just short of nuclear weapons. The U.S basically used the villages in Vietnam, simply to test their weapons. This left many innocent people dead, and the aftermath of this was as devastating. Many years later, kids were still suffering the effects, because they would have cancer and other diseases. I think that this was exactly the main point of this chapter, which was to explain that what the United States did in Vietnam has had an effect many years after the war ended. Not only did it affect the Vietnamese, but in some way it also affected the American soldiers in Vietnam, because some suffer from regret and guilt from what they did during the war. I personally believe that overkill was a big event during this war. Because of this many innocent people died, and continued to die many years later. Also I think that the U.S knew what their weapons were capable of, and knew that Vietnam in the future would be affected by it. For example, Vietnam became a rice importer, and stopped being the exporter, all this due to the bombings of the fields in Vietnam. Turse, N. (2013).A Litany of Atrocities. In Kill Anything That Moves; The Real American War in Vietnam (pp. 108-143). New York: Henry Holt and Company. (pp. 35). Chapter 4 of Turse’s book is, just like the previous chapters, all about killings and murders from the American soldiers towards the Vietnamese people. This chapter specifically focuses on the attacks on villages and the destruction of it all. In this chapter race and ethnicity are brought up in every aspect. Again in these killings, explained by Turse, dehumanization of the Vietnamese people plays a big role. The American soldiers saw the Vietnamese people as animals, all this because their superiors brainwashed them into believing it. American soldiers would go into villages and destroyed them by burning down the houses, and by killing women and children. Many times these soldiers would take killing as a game and would have “fun” doing it. The fact that they took it as a game shows, the similarity of when men hunt animals as a game. This shows how race and ethnicity played a big role during the Vietnamese war. I personally think that the biggest factor for American soldiers to murder and kill innocent people, was the fact that in their training for the war, they were taught that Vietnamese people were animals rather than humans. The only ones to blame for the extreme violence in this war, was the United States of America. Turse, N. (2013).Unbounded Misery. In Kill Anything That Moves; The Real American War in Vietnam (pp. 144-191). New York: Henry Holt and Company. (pp. 47). Chapter 5 focuses mostly on the lives and deaths of children and women. It explains what children had to do to survive as well as what women had to do. It starts off by graphically explaining how Americans would go to villages and destroy them. Then it talks about what children went through with American Soldiers, and how the Vietnamese women were forced to become prostitutes. This again shows the dehumanization of these people. The American’s would do whatever they wanted to these people because they were defenseless. The “race superiority” that the American’s believed they had, was what led them to treat these people really bad. Turse explains how after the killings of many people, the US would compensate the people who lost someone with money or food. This again shows how racism and discrimination towards the Vietnamese people was extreme. It shows that the American’s believed that the dead people had a prize, which was often $30 for women and men, and half of that for children. I am personally disgusted by these atrocities, and although I wasn’t part of this, I can’t help feeling embarrassed by this country. They always have sold the image of America being the best country in the world, the place where everyone is free, but my question is, at what cost do we have freedom? At the cost of many innocent lives lost through time in war.