I recently watched a documentary on Laos called The Most Secret Place on Earth.

It was about how Laos was used by the Americans in the war, and in particular how an airstrip set up just outside Vientiane was at one point in time the busiest airport in the world with planes continually landing every 2 minutes on bombing runs.

One of the most sickening things they mentioned was how the bombers would drop their bombs indiscriminately if they could not reach their target as they could not land with them.

Another fascinating part of the story is how some journalists uncovered where some Hmong people were living and hiding since the end of the war. There are images of these people in tears, thinking that these journalists were finally the Americans had come back to rescue them.

Interesting stuff, and it reveals how naive I still am about the history of the country.

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