This photo shows Ms Kim Phuc, who became well-known from a photograph, taken when, as a nine-year-old girl in Vietnam in 1972, napalm bombs injured her. As this 2005 photo of Kim Phuc shows, the napalm scars are still visible and still hurt.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Vietnam photo also deleted from Facebook page of Norwegian Prime Minister
The historical photo of the “napalm girl” from Vietnam has not only been removed from the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten‘s Facebook page, but also from the page of the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
She placed the picture, like many other Norwegians, on her page in protest of Facebook’s removal policy. The company believes that there is too much nudity in the photo.
Solberg has posted a new message in which she expresses the hope that Facebook will change its policy. She writes: “I want our children to grow up in a society where they can learn history as it really was.”
Ms Solberg is a member of the Norwegian conservative party.
But, apparently, not conservative enough for Facebook. Apparently, to Facebook one is only a ‘real’ conservative if, to quote George Orwell’s 1984, one believes that ‘War is peace‘. And if one censors the crimes of the Vietnam war and other wars out of ‘history as it really was’.
UPDATE: after many protests, Facebook gave in and restored the photo.
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On April 30, 1969, the Pentagon calculated that the number of US military personnel in South Vietnam had reached 543,482, a figure that turned out to be the high point of the US military presence in the occupied country. President Richard Nixon was just four months into his presidency after an election campaign in which he had promised, in a formulation so vague as to be meaningless, to “an honorable end to the war in Vietnam.”
The plan of the Nixon administration was to end the war by escalating US military violence to force North Vietnam into agreeing on a settlement that was favorable to the US. The goal was to keep the US-backed South Vietnamese government afloat and prevent a military defeat that would do incalculable damage to the world position of American imperialism.
Nixon had already begun an escalation of the war earlier in the year by greenlighting Operation Menu, the secret bombings of Cambodia. It was hoped that the additional surge of troops would be able to bolster the US forces to carry out offensives against the North Vietnamese Army and the National Liberation Front.
However, after the 1968 Tet Offensive, which exploded the lies of the US government about steady progress in the war, and revealed the strength of the guerrilla forces, support within the United States for the war was falling fast. Just a few weeks earlier in the month students at Harvard and other universities had carried out large demonstrations calling for the immediate end to the war.
The mounting death toll powerfully reinforced the growth of anti-war sentiment. In April 1969 alone, some 30,000 American soldiers were either killed or wounded in the Vietnam theater of operations, which included coastal navy warfare and the air strikes on North Vietnam, as well as cross-border operations into Laos and Cambodia, which the administration kept secret from the American people.
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