Guilt Trip

Presented by Bill Arthrell.

Bill Arthrell was an eyewitness to the Kent State murders 41 years ago. This would lead to 13 arrests in the anti-war movement and a lifetime of activism for peace and justice.

As a history teacher in Cleveland Schools he is very aware of the legacy of imperialism that has defined much of US history. From the Mexican-American War to bombing Libya our invasions, occupations and wars of political and economic domination seem endless (and they have been). But, the 10,000 day war in Southeast Asia, with the deaths of nearly 6 million people, was the most devastating and nefarious of all.

So, haunted by Kent State Massacre and the "American War" he took it upon himself to go to Vietnam and pay reparations and apologize directly to the Vietnamese people. In his slide show, "Guilt Trip", he passionately tells the story of that journey which demonstrated that the war for the Vietnamese has never ended. In the 1973 peace treaty signed by Henry Kissinger the US promised to rebuild Vietnam as we had Germany and Japan after WWII. We completely reneged on our promise; so Arthrell took it upon himself to, in a small way, to rectify the situation. Yet, 650,000 have died since the war from the Agent Orange we left behind. To understand the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq one needs to understand Vietnam.

















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