Friday, January 14, 2005

So true, from guerilla news:
"I’ll tell you how powerful pictures are in a world of words. Three photographs changed American opinion about the Vietnam war: Eddie Adams’s photograph of Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan blowing the brains out of a handcuffed prisoner on a Saigon street, Nick Ut’s photograph of Kim Phuc Phan Thi running naked down a Vietnamese road after her skin had been burnt off by napalm, and Ronald Haeberle’s photographs of the slaughter at My Lai. People in the U.S. saw those images and they said, “What the fuck are we doing there? Who are we when we can be doing things like that?” Those images trumped the politicians’ words."
I was a little kid during the Vietnam war, but I remember those pictures. I identified with the little Vietnamese girl running naked, burned, fear streaming from every piece of her napalm peeled skin. All the crewcut dogma in jersey could not sway my 10 year old mind that wars were wrong, and that any adult who believed in them, was an evil stupid asshole.

20 years from now, what we will tell the 10 year olds among us? Children have that uncanny ability to cut through the shit. The ten year old's of today are watching us. They are condemning Bush, even if
their parent's are shoving guns into their hands. "Suffer the little children", is the only true statement that xians spew.


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