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November 5, 2013 1:40 PM   Subscribe

My Lai, Sexual Assault and the Black Blouse Girl: Forty-Five Years Later, One of America’s Most Iconic Photos Hides Truth in Plain Sight
posted by yeoz (11 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Looks like mefi traffic is just plain killing the site. -- cortex

[Bringing this back, hopefully the site will stay stable.]
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:57 PM on November 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

Jesus. I thought i already knew the worst about My Lai.

And we wonder why some people are so cynical. So often they are right. And that is just awful.
posted by sio42 at 3:05 PM on November 5, 2013 [2 favorites]

Simply horrible. We dehumanised the Vietnamese so much, that they were just so much meat.
posted by arcticseal at 3:10 PM on November 5, 2013

It was a hot day in the jungle.

Colin Powell
posted by Renoroc at 3:11 PM on November 5, 2013

Rape culture and war culture seem to be one and the same.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 3:15 PM on November 5, 2013

It's horrifying, but not as bad as what I expected to read.

I thought the big reveal would be that the photographer had participated.
posted by winna at 3:20 PM on November 5, 2013

My Lai 45 Years Later—And the Unknown Atrocities of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Mai Lai was not an aberration...it was the rule not the exception. The “Black Blouse Girl" was one among a multitude.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 3:21 PM on November 5, 2013

We were shits during WWII also, even after the war ended. Many of these incidents were hushed up to avoid blowback from the locals.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:22 PM on November 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

The "Plain Sight" link is currently a 404 for me.
posted by blnkfrnk at 3:29 PM on November 5, 2013

yeah, i don't think the site can handle the load from the traffic mefi sends it.
cortex, you can go ahead and delete this post again :(
posted by yeoz at 3:30 PM on November 5, 2013

Bummer, yeah, seems like we're murdering it. A do-over at some point when there's a more robust hosting situation going on would be great.
posted by cortex at 3:32 PM on November 5, 2013

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