Friday, February 01, 2008

An image that changed the World?

Today is the 40th anniversary of this infamous murder of a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon by South Vietnam Police Chief General Nguyen Ngoc Loan.

I can remember being shocked as a kid the first time I saw this photo (and the video). Over the years I think we have become somewhat insensitive by repeated media images of man’s inhumanity to man. However, this picture is credited with changing the World’s (and American public opinion) attitude to the Vietnam War.

Conversely I wonder if this picture would be widely publicised nowadays or would it be self censured as too violent or intrusive?

Before we get too smug about things – let’s not forget these recent public murders in our European idyll

Thanks to Colonel Roi for reminding us all


Anonymous said...

Recently the wife of the Viet Kong soildier killed was interviewed

she said she she did not hate American's just the ones in Washington (Government)

John Gray said...

And the murderer himself ended up dying of cancer age 67 while running a Pizza Parlour in America.