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AP 'napalm girl' photo from Vietnam War turns 40
Associated Press ^ | Saturday, June 2, 2012 | MARGIE MASON

Posted on 06/02/2012 7:21:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance

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Life under the new regime became tough. Medical treatment and painkillers were expensive and hard to find for the teenager, who still suffered extreme headaches and pain.

She worked hard and was accepted into medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. But all that ended once the new communist leaders realized the propaganda value of the `napalm girl' in the photo.

She was forced to quit college and return to her home province, where she was trotted out to meet foreign journalists. The visits were monitored and controlled, her words scripted. She smiled and played her role, but the rage inside began to build and consume her.

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One day, while visiting a library, Phuc found a Bible. For the first time, she started believing her life had a plan.

Then suddenly, once again, the photo that had given her unwanted fame brought opportunity.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: napalmgirl; vietnam
Priase God for His grace in giving her a new life, and relief from the pain, both physically and spiritually.
1 posted on 06/02/2012 7:21:39 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Should be 50, no?


2 posted on 06/02/2012 7:29:36 PM PDT by KMG365
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To: EternalVigilance

If you found 100 Americans familiar with the photo, 98 of them would say the napalm was dropped by US planes.


3 posted on 06/02/2012 7:30:36 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: KMG365

Photo is 40.


4 posted on 06/02/2012 7:31:11 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: Last Dakotan

And those 98 would be wrong.


5 posted on 06/02/2012 7:36:17 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Last Dakotan

It was dropped by either US or ARVN aircraft. North Vietnam didn’t do any airstrikes in the south.


6 posted on 06/02/2012 7:49:53 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: DownInFlames; Last Dakotan
It was dropped accidentally by the South Vietnamese.

From the caption on the famous photo, at the link:

FILE - In this June 8, 1972 file photo, crying children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, run down Route 1 near Trang Bang, Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places as South Vietnamese forces from the 25th Division walk behind them. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. From left, the children are Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting.

7 posted on 06/02/2012 7:56:30 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of the republic begins the day conservatives stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: EternalVigilance

I hate what the media did to us in that war. Yes what happened to that girl was horrible but for every thing like that our soldiers did a hundred noble things that the MSM never showed. Had the media been balanced we’d have won that war and you wouldn’t have seen so many young dupes in the streets.


8 posted on 06/02/2012 7:59:15 PM PDT by Woodsman27
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To: Last Dakotan
Delusional?
They were US planes and it was US Napalm too...It doesn't mean, imply or accuse anyone of it being intentional.
9 posted on 06/02/2012 8:01:05 PM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: EternalVigilance
Photo was published June 12, 1972.

The young girl is described as being "9 years old", giving a DOB of sometime in 1962 or 1963.

This is 2012, last time I checked, so she should be 49 or 50.

AP doesn't do math any better than they do unbiased reporting.

"June 8, 1972: Kim Phuc, center left, running down a road nude near Trang Bang after a South Vietnamese Air Force napalm attack."

10 posted on 06/02/2012 8:01:39 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: BwanaNdege
AP doesn't do math any better than they do unbiased reporting.

Headline: "AP 'napalm girl' photo from Vietnam War turns 40." Which it does, next Friday.

Kim Phuc, the subject of the photo, is in her late 40s.

11 posted on 06/02/2012 8:09:29 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Last Dakotan
That's what I was thinking...accidents happen..but that one wasn't our accident
12 posted on 06/02/2012 8:12:18 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: lewislynn
Illiterate?

From the story; "A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians."

13 posted on 06/02/2012 8:21:40 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: RansomOttawa

Sorry, I forgot that to the Media, they are all that matter, not the subject.


14 posted on 06/02/2012 8:41:05 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: RansomOttawa

I think they just ran the same story they ran 10 years ago. I remember this story from then.


15 posted on 06/02/2012 10:33:59 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: RansomOttawa

I think they just ran the same story they ran 10 years ago. I remember this story from then.


16 posted on 06/02/2012 10:34:14 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: EternalVigilance

Fascinating. Let me get this straight.

She’s bombed by Vietnamese planes. So an AMERICAN insists she gets proper care, and her life is saved. But after he leaves, she is abandoned in a hellhole of a communist state, and even when she gets her life together despite the bombing, the communists tear her away from success and make her a propaganda model.

Then she finds a BIBLE and finds true hope, and everything starts to change for her.

She gets stuck in another communist hellhole (Cuba) but finally escapes to the west, and starts having a good life.

Want to bet most of readers of AP totally gloss over and miss all those points, and somehow come away with this is America’s fault.


17 posted on 06/02/2012 10:35:13 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: RansomOttawa

“Headline: “AP ‘napalm girl’ photo from Vietnam War turns 40.” Which it does, next Friday.”

“Kim Phuc, the subject of the photo, is in her late 40s.”

Because, as far as the AP is concerned, it is the PHOTO that is important. Not the girl.


18 posted on 06/02/2012 10:53:45 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Woodsman27

1) Accidents happen in war. If you’re going to use weapons like napalm you have to accept that when those inevitable errors occur innocent people are going to be harmed with the media nearby.

2) The reason the picture reverberated is because it forced the American public to understand that the war in Vietnam was ensuring that such attacks using such weapons were ongoing. And many Americans, including those who had seen first hand the corruption of the SVG and cowardice of the ARVN, weren’t keen on it.


19 posted on 06/03/2012 4:25:34 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: I still care

You should actually read the link provided. The whole story is about her struggle to find peace in her life. It isn’t about the “photo”...


20 posted on 06/03/2012 5:50:57 AM PDT by Snark
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To: Snark

You’re absolutely right. Which is why I excerpted it the way I did.


21 posted on 06/03/2012 6:32:54 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of the republic begins the day conservatives stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: KantianBurke

Napalm is/was a nasty weapon and highly effective. Besides it’s destructive qualities, just the thought of it scared the living h#ll out of anyone even close to the target area. It should be used in Afghanistan and Pakistan now. It may just change the attitude of some of those Islamist cowboys.


22 posted on 06/03/2012 10:22:27 AM PDT by Dartman
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To: Dartman

Yeah because adopting “kill’em all” tactics will sure win over the local populations - rolls eyes / sarcasm off.


23 posted on 06/03/2012 10:40:27 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: Snark

But the headline is.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 1:03:48 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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