Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

Downed US Airman Davy Waddell was taken prisoner by Vietnamese communist fighters in 1967, and was released in 1973. A photo taken by GDR war correspondent Thomas Bilhart shows a female guerrilla holding an American soldier captive and leading him down a country road.

 

The picture was made for propaganda purposes, so a really small woman was used as a guard to make the captured airman look more ruthless. Photographer Billhart met Davy Waddell in 1998. Waddell told him that the photo had left his family and the U.S. has made a positive impact on their lives by helping them to know that they are alive.

 

North Vietnam's dealings with American airmen in invaded and occupied North Vietnam was the subject of controversy and concern throughout the Vietnam War.

 

From the beginning of the war, North Vietnam's stated position was that American prisoners captured in North Vietnam were "war criminals" who had committed crimes against the North Vietnamese people during an illegal war of invasion and were therefore American prisoners of the Geneva Convention. are not entitled to the privileges and rights granted to prisoners of war (POWs) under the terms of the