World: Angle Shots

Strung up by his heels from a tree limb, the Viet Cong prisoner, his face twisted in pain, was being interrogated by Nung mercenaries working with a U.S. Special Forces unit in the jungle near Due Phong. The photograph caught an ugly tableau found in every war, and it was widely reprinted in the U.S. press, often with indignant captions. As so often happens with coverage of Allied harshness, neither the picture nor many of its captions told the whole story.

A Viet Cong sniper had opened fire on a group of refugees near a Catholic church, killing a baby. The Nungs,...

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