At some point in your life, you’ve probably seen this picture taken by Eddie Adams of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong soldier in Saigon. This photograph is one of the most famous ever taken and is responsible for helping change America’s attitude towards the Vietnam War.
The General is seen by many as a murderous thug who killed a man in cold blood. Most people don’t realize the man he killed was the leader of a hit squad which had just murdered police officers and their families, including six of Nguyen’s own godchildren. Thirty-four men, women and children were bound and executed by this piece of filth, and he got the death he deserved. He was shot down like a rabid dog in the street.
Eddie Adams later apologized to the General for the damage this photograph did to his reputation. He even went on to describe the General as a hero, which he undoubtedly was. If you’re interested in more information about him, there’s a pretty decent portrayal in the book This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive, by James Robbins.
And screw you hippies. It’s a shame that a brave and principled man is now known only as a callous murderer.