Surreal Moments of Reality

Let’s play a little word association. When you hear “war” I guarantee “tourist trap” is definitely not the first thing that pops into your head. Apparently things run a little differently in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.

Thanks to Samantha Brown’s show on the Travel channel, I became aware of this reality. Apparently leftover, discarded weapons from the Vietnam War are used in shooting ranges there, set up and maintained by locals, for tourists. The cheery host flinched throughout her cue-card reading as shots from AK-47s boomed around her and the man humbly showing her through the area. While veterans around the world remain shell-shocked and crippled with PTSD, some of those more fortunate to have never seen first-hand combat are shooting those very same guns they used to kill, for fun on vacation. How something as destructive and agonizing as war got contorted into a money making tourist stop is completely beyond me. If you’ve got a dollar to spare, you can do a round yourself.

I know people domestically have been profiting from war for years, but this instance is a bit too blatant for me to handle.

Things like this often force me to question reality altogether. Is this really happening? It sounds like something from a futuristic, plagued dystopia you’d find deep within the pages of Bradbury, Orwell or Huxley. When opposites of these proportions collide, it just makes me lose a bit of my sanity. Oh, what wonders the future must hold in store for us! I just can’t wait.

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About Ashley Klann

Clark masters student. Local reporter. Photographer. View all posts by Ashley Klann

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