Welcome to the Annals of Vietnam, a collection of articles, reviews, and images dealing with America's misadventures south and north of the 17th parallel. I have a particular interest in the early years, because that's when I was there as a reporter for the left-liberal magazine, The Nation, which was so financially strapped that it would even publish reports even from a Republican like me.
Kim Phuc, the famous Girl in the Photo from the Vietnam War, has emerged again as a weapon in Europe's war against American technology giants. This time it's the prime minister of Norway -- really! -- using her office to lodge a complaint against Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. No doubt because he feared our own Justice Department and our eager state attorneys general, Mr Zuckerberg (or "Mark," as the prime minister prefers to address him) long ago established rules against posting photos of nude children. His minions (or bots, more likely) duly removed the image of Kim Phuc from the Facebook page of a Norwegian newspaper. I don't read Norwegian, so I have no idea why the Aftenposten found the photo so newsworthy, 44 years after the event. But I suspect it was intended to make a statement about the macroaggressions of the United States, ignoring the truth of the photo. As Ronald Timberlake writes herein, "It is a misrepresentation that has become a myth, that is repeated each Veterans Day." And on other occasions as well, it seems. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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Posted September 2016. Websites ©1997-2016 Daniel Ford. All rights reserved.