Her Scars are Beautiful

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:47
Submitted by Carlin Ross

This is a picture of Kim Phuc today and Kim Phuc when she was 9 years old running from a napalm attack.  She survived and spent 14 months in a hospital having her wounds treated.  In many ways, this iconic image ended the Vietnam war. 

Today, Kim Phuc lives near Toronto with her family and runs the Kim Foundation dedicated to helping children heal after war.  I think her scars are beautiful because they reflect everything she's overcome and her commitment to life. 

What a beautiful soul.

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And she's a beautiful person

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:43

Oh this post can make you cry. Fabulous new picture of her that shows how extensive her injury is. This is happening now too in current conflicts and will continue until we put the billions of weapons research into non lethal tools to actually achieve what war tries to (Acquisition). An open market in these tools would out compete the lethal weapons trade and save lives.  

The simple truth would end so many wars

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:39

I remember this photo vividly; I was quite young myself. How wonderful that Kim Phuc survived and thrived, and is now dedicated to helping others. The coverage of the Vietnam War in the US was relatively honest at the time, as this photo proves. When Americans were shown the truth about what we were really up to in Southeast Asia, our revulsion helped to force an end to the war. The Pentagon was all too aware of this, and this is exactly why the press has been so heavily censored ever since. Today we are not allowed to see the truth of what we are actually doing; there are no photos any longer in the mainstream press of the innocent people we have maimed and killed. The media have meekly accepted these restrictions and are no longer doing their vital job of informing the public. Our government sees concern about 'collateral damage' as foolish sentimentality. They may not care very much about causing casualities among people of color or non-Westerners, but our citizens would be very quick to care, if they were allowed to see the truth. That they are not is a scandal and a shame.

there are pictures posted

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:07
lsjb (not verified)

there are pictures posted every day about casualties of war and innocent victim strikes etc. (by the US) we all see them. call me whatever you like, the American people are aware and sensitive to this.. We are still a democracy and that is a very difficult way to live -- depsite its benefits.  I am not a conspiracist, I am i think, an educated and caring person. I am thrilled, like you are, that carlin posted this. omg, it brngs me such joy.(and sadness)
We are not, I believe, the same country we were in the Vietnam days.
we have learned a lot, i think.
but we do have the "demon" of free speech, and debate and all that entails.
please stop blaming and attacking all of us.
just stop it!!

totally agree with patrick

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:49

I'm sorry, lsjb, but your and my country continues to do things every bit as horrible as we did in Vietnam. We have used depleted uranium-coated weaponry which has caused thousands of deaths and birth defects. We scream about chemical weapons (napalm is a chemical weapon), yet use tear gas, another chemical weapon, even on our own citizenry, as well as white phosphorous and other poisons.
Every American who supports militarism is complicit in what our government does, and it seems that most people are enthusiastic about militarism. I cannot turn on my TV without seeing daily displays of militarism and the crocodile tears that go along with it. Instead of telling others to stop it, you need to educate yourself about what your country is doing. See, e.g., William Blum's monthly blog.

Power and self-righteousness

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:59

As Tobysgirl points out, the US government all too often demands that other countries (but not our allies, of course) stop doing what we ourselves are doing.  No decent person wants there to be more nuclear weapons in the world, for example, and the goal ought to be their total elimination. But that's not what we're working towards. We give ourselves permission to have by far the world's largest nuclear arsenal, and we are (it's in the history books) the only country ever to have actually killed anyone with a nuclear device. That sobering fact ought to have made us the world leader in efforts towards nuclear disarmament, but on the contrary, that's not the case at all.There are countless other examples of hypocrisy, both past and present.

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