My Lai Massacre

A combat photographer reflects on his gripping photos of the My Lai Massacre 50 years later.
Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com I first “met” Noam Chomsky in 1969 by reading these words of his about the My Lai massacre
This is Sy Hersh. He is irascible, iconoclastic, irrepressible, difficult, passionate -- and still angry about governmental lies. And he is usually right.
Bradlee sounded a bit nostalgic for the days when the Post and the Times dueled and the institution of journalism lived off scoops and leaks. "They changed the kind reporting we do. They institutionalized what we do today. They made it the norm."
The Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Replete with a fancy interactive website, the effort is aimed at teaching schoolchildren a revisionist history of the war.
The movie, the experience, the war, the horrors, the "victory" -- were much on my mind as I made my first trip to Vietnam last week. I -- and I'm sorry for the cliché -- felt like I was making a pilgrimage.
From LIFE: LIFE Magazine is commemorating the anniversary by republishing its original coverage of that fateful day in 1968
Prince William speaks in front of a tapestry of the piece, which hung at Whitechapel Gallery in London during renovations
On Monday, PBS will air a program about one of the dark moments in U.S. history -- the massacre at My Lai. My Lai has the infamous distinction of being the most brutal atrocity of the Vietnam War. It is a tragedy on multiple fronts.