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Massacres and Civil Rights

In Survival on May 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Because It's 2015

After the Tet Offensive and the television reports, American and global opinion towards the war began to change.  Then, on February 1, photographer Eddie Adams took a photo that did more than words ever could.

In one photograph he encapsulated the viciousness, the violence, and the terror that was engulfing the Vietnamese people. His name may not be well known, but his photograph did a great deal to sway public opinion and earned him a Pulitzer Prize.

            The photo needs no comment, it speaks for itself. And here it is, along with video of the man being shot with commentary by the photographer.

Then the massacres began to mount. In February alone there was the Phong Nhi massacre, the Phong Nhat massacre, and the Ha My massacre. In March there was the My Lai massacre where upwards of 500 men, women, children, and infants were killed, many women being…

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  1. From what I remember, the man in the plaid shirt had raped, tortured, and murdered, the daughter of the colonel, and was bragging about it publicly. He was arrested and brought to the colonel. Hatred and anger, the colonel, administered street justice.
    I too was shocked for years until I heard the account. I have never been upset, since.
    Too many years have gone by, for me to have validated the account, though I heard it from more than one soldier.

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