Monday, November 21, 2016

Yesterday, like Today

No. 10

The WAR on Vietnam

“In June 1972, Kim Phuc was pictured in a world-famous and iconic photograph from the Vietnam War. She was the naked child who was horribly burned with napalm and was running from an airborne attack. Since then, Kim has found a way to transform her suffering into good. She runs The Kim Foundation International, and she acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. She has transformed into a viable, visible symbol of peace and hope. Hers is an important story of resilience, courage, and forgiveness.” - anon

"I was alive then when truth telling was more a part of American journalism than today. The pictures of war, and the body counts, and the assessments of the casualties, the battles were daily fodder, and with the many thoughtful articles, and books circulating informed decisions made for better protests. The illogic of the US government's war on Vietnam was feeble. It stood stark and naked before public scrutiny, but then, as today, a premium value placed upon the heads of countries in the way of American interests outweighed the will of the people. This is an ideology and practice long worn out, but more familiar than the efforts, and necessity of Peace Keepers." – Gregory E. Woods, Dawn Wolf Keeper of Stories 11.20.12

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