Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Photo whores {was Life magazine} vs word herders
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 18:55:23 -0500

At 09:25 AM 7/8/98 -0500, you wrote:
>  I believe it was Gen. Loan, and if you knew the whole story of what had
>occured in the period immed. before the photo you would use a term other
>than suspect

As I remember in an interview with Eddie Adams, Gen. Loan (thanks for that
spell correction - it was pretty early in the morning and I was typing
fast) the man had killed a friend of Loan. So it was more revenge than
anything else. In war, things are different than on the streets of the good
ol' US of A, so I don't judge the general (he was actually police chief of
Saigon I believe) too severely. Not after hearing stories my father tells
of American soldiers and what they did in the Philippines for "revenge."
War is nothing I ever want to have to go into carrying a gun.

In fact, Gen. Loan ended up being a restaurateur in Washington D.C.

But that's not my point. The picture turned the U.S. against the war like
very few other things. Try that with a pie chart.
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Ted Kennedy