Saturday, May 08, 2010
Anti-American Art: Elephants' Graveyard
Founded in 1960, the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF) was ostensibly a union of communist and nationalist forces independent from Ho Chi Minh's Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the north and the corrupt pro-Western government in the south. After years of U.S. covert operations blew up into outright war in the mid 1960s, the NLF became the guerrilla force opposing the Americans and its puppets in the south (though many speculate the NLF was greatly diminished after the spectacular but ultimately failed Tet uprising). The Americans called the NLF fighters "VC" or Vietcong. On this 1967 stamp issued by the NLF, fighters stand atop captured American tanks, while a downed helicopter lies crumpled in the background and the NLF flag flies gloriously above.