Sunday, January 08, 2006

Heroism Defined


From the BBC*:

Hugh Thompson Jnr, a former US military helicopter pilot who helped stop one of the most infamous massacres of the Vietnam War has died, aged 62.

Mr Thompson and his crew came upon US troops killing civilians at the village of My Lai on 16 March 1968.

He put his helicopter down between the soldiers and villagers, ordering his men to shoot their fellow Americans if they attacked the civilians.

"There was no way I could turn my back on them," he later said of the victims.

And if were still alive, and if he were to run for public office today on the wrong side.....would they Swift Boat him too?

*Via Gilliard


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