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University Of Dayton Examines The Legacies Of The Vietnam War

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Horst Faas
American soldiers are dropped off by U.S.Army helicopters to join South Vietnamese ground troops to advance in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh, northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border, in March 1965 during the Vietnam War.

While the Vietnam War ended 50 years ago, the legacies of that conflict have left a lasting scar. That's the findings of a new report from the University of Dayton Human Rights Center, which contends that Vietnam War-era policies underlie much of the militarization of today's society as well as political and social polarization and violence.

The report examines the lasting effects of war crimes, the use of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange and the devastating impact of unexploded bombs. The researchers point out that when it comes to reconciliation and healing after the war, the United State has never acknowledged its responsibility.  

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the report "Coming to Terms with Legacies of the Vietnam War" are the co-authors, University of Dayton Human Rights Center Executive Director Shelley Inglis; and Post-doctoral Fellow Paul Morrow.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.