Thursday, May 05, 2005


My friend Jon Schwarz links to an update on Kim Phuc, the Vietnamese girl who was napalmed by the US in 1972, and whose searing pain was caught in the famous photo above. Read it, and marvel at the human capacity to forgive.

As I've said before, the Vietnamese have been incredibly forgiving of those -- well, us -- who assaulted their country, killed millions, maimed tens of thousands, and made many more MIA in their own land. Can you imagine Americans suffering the same kind of attack and loss, not on one day like 9/11, but every day for over a decade, and emerge from the smoldering bunkers ready to forgive those who turned our country into a free fire zone, leaving untold millions dead and missing? I can't, but I'm willing to listen to those who can, if they exist.