The Photograph that Lost a War

The photograph of Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing VC Captain Nguyen Van Lem galvanized antiwar sentiment during the Vietnam War.

On February 1, 1968, Saigon, South Vietnam, was in the opening throes of the Tet Offensive. North Vietnamese commanders called it “The General Offensive and Uprising of Tet Mau Than 1968.” Two days prior more than 80,000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops had attacked more than 100 towns including 36 of 44 provincial South Vietnamese capitals. This offensive was the largest military operation to date in the Vietnam War.

The Tet Offensive was a massive North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam intended to tip the balance of the war in favor of the communists.

The operation’s goals were ambitious. North Vietnamese strategists saw Tet as an awakening wherein disaffected citizens throughout the south would rise up and join the communist cause. In this regard Tet was an unqualified failure.

The North lost more than 45,000 troops killed and some 61,000 wounded. They also ultimately lost all the territory they had initially gained in the attack. However, the ferocity and scope of the thing shocked Americans who had been told by their government that North Vietnamese forces lacked the resources to mount a major offensive. The ripples caused by Tet eventually grew into a tidal wave of anti-war sentiment. This movement ultimately led the United States to the bargaining table and then out of Vietnam. One particular event catalyzed this process.

The Killing

Nguyen Van Lem was an experienced VC officer. In modern parlance, we would call him a professional terrorist. Note the AK47 in the hands of the South Vietnamese soldier.

Nguyen Van Lem was a 36-year-old Viet Cong Captain code-named Bay Lop. Bay referred to the fact he was the seventh son. He took Lop from his wife Nguyen Thi Lop’s name. In Vietnamese, the first name is the surname.

By all accounts, Lem was an accomplished killer. Note the South Vietnamese trooper wielding an Uzi. This would have been fairly unusual in 1968 Saigon.

Lem was part of a VC assassination team that covertly infiltrated into Saigon during the opening rounds of the Tet Offensive. Their mission was to identify and execute critical personalities in the South Vietnamese leadership. Immediately prior to his capture, Lem was alleged to have personally cut the throats of a South Vietnamese Lieutenant Colonel named Nguyen Tran, his wife, their six children, and the ARVN officer’s 80-year-old mother.

Nguyen Ngoc Loan was a powerful figure in 1968 Saigon.

Captured by South Vietnamese security troops, Lem was brought before Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. Loan was an experienced officer and former combat pilot with the Vietnamese Air Force. By early 1968 Loan was in command of the Military Security Service, the Central Intelligence Organization, and the Republic of Vietnam National Police, positions that gave him immense personal power.

The apparent callous heartlessness of the killing of Nguyen Lem shocked American sensibilities.

Lem, the VC Captain, was in civilian clothes with his hands cuffed behind his back standing in the street. He had been captured in the Cho Lon quarter of Saigon near the An Quang Pagoda. Enraged by the bloodthirsty nature of Lem’s attack on a fellow officer and his family, Loan drew his Smith and Wesson snub-nosed Bodyguard .38 revolver and shot Lem once in the head.

Lem’s death was just one of the thousands associated with Tet in 1968. Note the M3 Grease Gun with flash hider.

Lem fell to the ground with blood spurting vigorously from his wound. An Associated Press photographer named Eddie Adams snapped a series of still images, and NBC News cameraman Vo Suru shot TV footage of the event. Immediately after the execution Loan told the American Adams, “They killed many of our people and many of yours. I think Buddha will forgive me.”

The Shooter

Loan was an experienced combat pilot and a man with enormous responsibility in 1968 Saigon.

Nguyen Ngoc Loan was a committed South Vietnamese nationalist and career professional soldier. Born in 1930 to a middle-class family in the Vietnamese city of Hue, Loan was one of eleven children. He studied pharmacy at Hue University before joining the Vietnamese National Army in 1951. He soon assessed into Officer Candidate School and received pilot training in Morocco. Loan returned to Vietnam in 1955 and spent the next decade as a combat pilot.

Despite his notoriety, General Nguyen Loan was an unabashed patriot.

Loan’s political connections were substantial. He rode the combination of his powerful friends and his natural skills to positions of ever-greater leadership and responsibility. Loan refused to give Americans preferential treatment in his jurisdiction, and his fiercely pro-Vietnamese professional stance earned him some enemies within the American command structure. Loan actually resigned at one point under American pressure only to have the South Vietnamese legislature refuse to recognize his resignation.

General Nguyen Loan was himself wounded in the second offensive on Saigon.

Loan was known informally as the Sheriff of Saigon. In the midst of such a sweeping attack, he had responsibility for order and security in the South Vietnamese capital. What is lost in the iconic photograph are the circumstances surrounding the killing.

Lem was clearly not a conventional combatant at the time of his capture.

Two days into the Tet offensive nobody in Vietnam knew where events might lead. With Viet Cong assassination squads roaming the South, chaos reigned. Under such conditions the traditional lines became blurred. By all accounts, Lem had infiltrated covertly in civilian clothes and then brutally murdered nine people, six of whom were children.

The Law

The formal articles of war known as the Geneva Convention define military combatants and codify their rights on the battlefield. Protections for unconventional fighters are scant.

Article 4 of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949 concerns irregular forces fighting in an unconventional war. To be entitled to prisoner of war status guerillas must be commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates, have a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance, carry weapons openly, and conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war. If they fail to meet these stipulations they may be considered francs-tireurs (illegal combatants) and punished as criminals in military jurisdiction. Such punishment may legally include summary execution.

The Gun

The Smith and Wesson Model 36 was the archetypal snub-nosed .38 Special revolver.

The Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .38 was an evolutionary development of their post-war five-shot Model 36 snub-nosed gun. The Model 36 pioneered the small J-frame wheelguns that became the industry pacesetters for concealable revolvers. Originally chambered for the ubiquitous .38 Special cartridge, the Model 36 was offered with both 2 and 3-inch barrels.

The Smith and Wesson Model 37 Airweight was an aluminum-framed lightweight version of the earlier Model 36.

The Model 36 evolved into the Airweight Model 37 with an aluminum frame and cylinder. Problems with the aluminum cylinders eventually lead to the same gun equipped with an aluminum frame and more conventional steel cylinder.

The Smith and Wesson Centennial was a double action only variant of the Model 36 snubbie.

Later versions included the S&W Centennial, a hammerless version of this same steel-framed pistol, and the Bodyguard.

The Bodyguard included a shrouded no-snag hammer that was still accessible for manual operation if desired.

The S&W Bodyguard was a standard short-barreled Model 36 with an external hammer and hammer shroud. This shroud allowed quick snag-free presentation yet still facilitated access to the hammer for single action operation if desired.  

The current Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .38 is a thoroughly modern redesign of the original revolver.

Versions of the Bodyguard were ultimately offered with either steel or aluminum frames in either .38 SPL or .357 Magnum chamberings, each carrying its own unique factory designation. In 2014 Smith and Wesson reintroduced an upgraded version of the Bodyguard that departed significantly from the previous guns. The new Bodyguard sports an aluminum frame, redesigned lockwork, a concealed hammer, and an integral laser sight. Unlike earlier Bodyguard pistols this new version does not allow the hammer to be manually cocked.

Bernie Goetz used a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .38 to earn the infamous moniker “the Subway Vigilante” in New York City in 1984.

Clyde Tolson, the Special Assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, carried a personalized Bodyguard Airweight. Bernie Goetz used a Bodyguard revolver to shoot four young criminals on a New York subway train in 1984. The subsequent acrimonious legal fallout from this “Subway Vigilante” helped galvanize the concealed carry movement in America.

The Rest of the Story

Lem’s wife learned of his death when she first saw the notorious photograph herself.

That single still image of Loan shooting a restrained Lem circled the globe. Without context, Americans found themselves unable to support a regime that engaged in such barbaric actions. The anti-war movement gained momentum and eventually led to the end of direct American military involvement in 1973. Lem’s wife Lop learned of her husband’s death when she saw the image on the front page of an American newspaper.

Loan settled into obscurity, eventually running a pizza restaurant in a Virginia shopping mall with his wife.

Nguyen Ngoc Loan fled Saigon for the United States in 1975 and settled in Dale City, Virginia. There he opened a pizza restaurant called Le Trois Continents at the Rolling Valley Mall. At the same time, he worked as a secretary in a Washington DC business office.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams was supposed to help indict Nguyen Ngoc Loan for the INS. Instead, he vindicated the South Vietnamese General.

Democratic US Representative Elizabeth Holtzman discovered Loan’s whereabouts and forwarded his name to the INS as part of a list of foreign nationals suspected of war crimes. In an effort at revoking his permanent resident status, the INS called the photographer Eddie Adams to testify against him. Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the photograph, instead testified in the General’s defense. As a result, the INS ruled in Loan’s favor. President Jimmy Carter then personally intervened and halted his deportation stating, “Such historical revisionism is folly.”

A distinguished combat veteran, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan killed a man in cold blood on a Saigon street in February of 1968. That killing subsequently defined his life.

Adams later apologized in person to both the General and his family for the damage his photograph had done to Loan’s reputation. Nguyen Ngoc Loan died in 1998 at age 67 in Burke, Virginia, of cancer.

Eddie Adams, the award-winning war photographer who snapped the infamous picture, ultimately became the General’s most vocal proponent.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams penned Loan’s eulogy in the pages of Time magazine: “Two people died in that photograph…the general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still, photographs are the most powerful weapons in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?’ General Loan was what you would call a real warrior…this picture really messed up his life. He never blamed me…I’m sorry. There are tears in my eyes.”

A single image frequently fails to tell the whole story.

About the author: Will Dabbs was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, having been immersed in hunting and the outdoors since his earliest recollections. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and is the product of a traditional American nuclear family. Where most normal American kids get drunk to celebrate their 21st birthday, Will bought his first two machineguns. Will served eight years as an Army Aviator and accumulated more than 1,100 flight hours piloting CH47D, UH1H, OH58A/C, and AH1S helicopters. He is scuba qualified, has parachuted out of perfectly good airplanes at 3 o’clock in the morning, and has summited Mt. McKinley, Alaska–the highest point in North America–six times (at the controls of a helicopter, which is the only way sensible folk climb mountains). For reasons that seemed sagacious at the time he ultimately left the Army as a Major to pursue medical school. Dr. Dabbs has for the last dozen years owned the Urgent Care Clinic of Oxford, Mississippi. He also serves as the plant physician for the sprawling Winchester ammunition plant in that same delightful little Southern town. Will is a founding partner of Advanced Tactical Ordnance LLC, a licensed 07/02 firearms manufacturer and has written for the gun press for a quarter century. He writes solely to support a shooting habit that is as insensate as it is insatiable. Will has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than thirty years and has taught his Young Married Sunday School class for more than a decade. He and his wife currently have three adult children and a most thoroughly worthless farm dog named Dog.

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  • XDS Dave October 22, 2019, 1:16 pm

    I do appreciate this article. The true story was not then, and still is not, told whenever you see this picture posted. It is still depicted as a ruthless, cold blooded, senseless and undeserved killing. The media continues to misrepresent and cloud the story. So now we know “the rest of the story”. Sure wish I could shake Gen. Loan’s hand. It is also nice to know the Pres. Carter put an end to the witch hunt being perpetuated against this man.

  • Richard N October 20, 2019, 2:41 am

    I knew COL Loan when we were advisors to the Military Security Service (MSS) and at that time he was the Director General National Police (DGNP), I also know the origins of that pistol he shot that communist bastard with. That photograph may have helped but the real reason we “lost” that war was because Walther Cronkite declared “we have lost this war” even though the yet offense decimated the viet cong and they could no longer fight a battle after that, we WON that war!

  • allfour1 September 4, 2019, 10:10 pm

    1 round of .38 Special, likely lead, non expanding projectile.
    Photo #8 shows SVN Brig. Gen’l Loan halfway through holstering his revolver while VC Capt. Lem hasn’t fully expired.
    I’d have used a 1911. Instantaneous.
    USN Vet 72-75

  • Ej harbet September 4, 2019, 7:39 pm

    Another excellent article.I’ve always wondered about this photo and never got around to researching it.
    You answered the questions I had about it. Thanks

  • Peter September 3, 2019, 10:01 pm

    The general’s accuser was Elizabeth Holtzman, a highly educated liberal anti-war politician born in Brooklyn, New York. General Loan was a Vietnamese patriot born in Hue who served his country during two wars and had no regrets about it. She earned her privilege through academia; he earned his stripes by honoring his country. As a former naval officer based in Nha Be during Tet, one can guess with whom my sympathies lie.

  • Shan September 3, 2019, 4:23 pm

    What? The media mis represented the facts that caused great harm to our country? Punk ass draft dodging dirty hippies protested? Sounds about right. This is how we should deal with these mass shooters imo. Smith and Wesson to the dome.

    • Ej harbet September 4, 2019, 7:42 pm

      110% agree! Easy to establish they did it.make em dead and landfill them under 50 tons of solid waste

  • Ti September 3, 2019, 4:19 pm

    Awesome article sir!

    Discussion about said article – Priceless!

    I was small, but remember it well. In my being I remember thinking, “That man was bad”. MEANING – “Nobody executes GOOD people on the fly like that”. I was on the general’s side and I was only 7 years old!

  • Michael September 3, 2019, 3:00 pm

    We Did Not lose. USMC I Corps Quang Tri Province Semper Fi my Brothers

  • D.J. September 3, 2019, 12:26 pm

    My late Father served in R.V.N. in 1962-63 . I was born shortly
    following his return to ” the World ” .
    I remember vividly seeing the episode of this article on national
    news after it happened . My Father explained to me what the situation
    was , that caused the execution of the assassin .
    I had no illusions about what the war was causing and how it was
    supposed to be prosecuted , thanks to him . It angered him greatly as
    to how it was proceeding , and he was forced to take his supper in
    the living room , in front of the T.V. alone , during the nightly news .
    In light of that , my hat is off , to ALL the service members serving
    in that conflict . The Country still owes you all a debt of gratitude ,
    and you have the greatest respect from me , personally .

  • Nick Giotta September 2, 2019, 9:56 pm

    I have no problem with what he did to this killer. We may have lost the battle of Nam but we did succeed in stopping Communism from spreading from there with the exception of our own country. We allowed them to become our professors in the university system and now into our elementary and high schools. We have our biggest war for survival of our country 2nd only to the Civil war. I teach my grand kids a little at a time about how great our country is and that we must fight to keep it using words and deeds. We must continue to support financially organizations that will continue to fight for our Republic after we are dead and gone
    because this will be a on going fight.
    US Army 1970-76

  • Ken September 2, 2019, 8:33 pm

    I was in Vietnam in 67 & 68 & I was stationed at camp Radkliff in the central highlands & we got hit during tet just like all bases in s. vietnam. After that General Westmoreland said let him run the war & he’ll end it & have all troops back home quickly. After that statement the pentagon jerked him out of nam & replaced him with general abrahms. “yes it was a political war!”

  • Floyd September 2, 2019, 6:33 pm

    Sure admire a guy who get’s the job done! Urah

  • Col (Ret) Glenn Ekblad, VietNam Veteran 1969-1970 September 2, 2019, 4:49 pm

    Every field US field troop in Vietnam in 1969-70 understood that the evil in those who kill innocent families and children deserve to be killed just as they killed others. When the “enemy” kills your closest family members, those living as warriors, seek revenge and destruction of evil. The photo of the killing of an evil person has a profound effect on those who are safe, sleeping at night and not knowing, seeing and understanding the loss, killing, of those who are closest to you. “Few Know, Few Understand.” Thank you America for welcoming me home daily when I wear my uniform. Col (Ret) Glenn Ekblad, Field combat medic with the 25th infantry, Tay Ninh, Vietnam, 1969-1970.

  • Nanook September 2, 2019, 4:48 pm

    Good article. Fifty years ago and the Press was going to bat for the communist. Not a lot has changed since then, except they don’t attempt to hide it these days. TET was a disaster for the NVA/VC, if we would have had someone other than Johnson/McNamara running that war, it would have been over shortly…

    • Charlie BROWN September 2, 2019, 7:21 pm

      ” The press was going to bat for the communist. Not a lot has changed.” You are so right. Look at Portland,OR. Boston MA. Washington DC,etc. Patriots get the bad guy treatment and the commies are so all inclusive, Ya Right.

  • Tom September 2, 2019, 3:33 pm

    The Vietnam war was lost by chicken sh-t American politicians.

  • Norm Fishler September 2, 2019, 2:56 pm

    I knew a man from my hometown who personally witnessed the incident. After having survived Tet, he was thoroughly non-plussed by the event.

  • Forredt September 2, 2019, 2:30 pm

    This might have been one reason however there were many other reasons as well. Just a side note. It is estimated that over 1 million Vietnamese died in this conflict. Vast majority civilian.

  • DAVID MILLER September 2, 2019, 1:45 pm

    Foggy bottom Macnamara all the f—n bean counters lost the war i was there 2 tours if they had not tied our hands that s–t hole could have be done with in 1 year young men die and fat a– politicans arm chair just look at middle east young men get told the your a hero saving USA from what!!! they been killing each other for thousands years

  • catawampus September 2, 2019, 1:32 pm

    Gen. Loan was and is a hero to me!

  • gary gore September 2, 2019, 1:30 pm

    Democrats didn’t used to be so bad. These people today though are way crazy. In any kind of a right world it should make them easy to beat

  • Ron DeCosta September 2, 2019, 1:28 pm

    The United States did not loose the war in Viet Nam, the South Vietnamese lost the war. Re check your history.

  • Scott Methvin September 2, 2019, 12:52 pm

    Excellent article!
    I had read these details years ago and did know the back story but always good to see it again for those who have not seen it. As far as the combat photographer side story goes, times were much different then than now. Working press photographers in combat or even National Geographic received unexposed film in the mail, shot the photos and mailed them back to HQ. There, editors would develop them and do whatever they wanted with them. I have a friend who shot for NatGeo 30+ years and he usually found out a story with his photos appeared by seeing them on the news stand. Usually curious about which photos told the best story.
    Today working photogs can see the images, even edit them in camera and make comments before sending them via internet to HQ.

  • Alan J Janssen September 2, 2019, 12:41 pm

    The NVA and VC murdered thousands of civilians at Hue City and other places in Nam. I find it disgusting some photographer gets a prize for his photos of war. USMC 1969, Quang Nam Province(Dodge City and Arizona Territory).

    • mtman2 September 2, 2019, 3:42 pm

      The Progressive/Liberal U.S. press at its finest esp to cover up COMMUNIST atrocities thru-out their bloody 100yr history – or – push anything that’s against America’s Founding principles + Faith in Christ + Scripture.

      Clearly seen in Commie Obama’s statement on Americans “clinging to their Bibles + guns”.

      GOD – Guns + Guts made America free – never forget it nor the order…

  • craig gardner September 2, 2019, 12:33 pm

    That or any photo is not why we lost the War. It was Johnson who screwed over our soldiers and the south Vietnamese. He agreed to stop bombing the Ho Che Min trail. By the way there were more than one Ho Chi Min trails. And Johnson agreed to stop bombing the north. Johnson had no balls and was a coward.

  • mrpski September 2, 2019, 12:02 pm

    Saw this pic when I was a university student and wannabe anti-war protester. Two years later in SE Asian search& rescue operations reality defined what I became. Terrorists need to be terminated, then as today. Mr. Dabbs both honored his profession and the general.

  • macvsog September 2, 2019, 11:45 am

    Best story about this incident yet! Great job!

  • Guttman September 2, 2019, 11:25 am

    America lost the Viet Nam war because of bad management, not a photo.

  • AK September 2, 2019, 11:20 am

    Loan was and is a hero. Period. As is Eddie Adams for the penance he did on Loan’s behalf.

    As for Elizabeth Holtzman, gee, what-a-shock. Shortstopping that Bolshevist yenta is one of the few good things Jimmy Carter ever did in his life.

  • Dave VNV September 2, 2019, 10:57 am

    Here it is Sept. 2, 2020 and I just now read the true stort of Gen. Loan. I served in Vietnam 67-68 I was there during the Tet Offensive. It’s unbeieivable what the news reporters told us or DID NOT tell us durung that era. I always beleived that Walter Cronkite had much to do with our county’s failure in Vietnam. I remember. him talking about how powerful the VC was. He naver mentioned a word about how the VC were completly removed from being a combat force after Tet. He also complained about the bombing over the North and how so many innocent people were being killed. He never came back and said how the N. Veitnamese. Generals said after the war that they were on the verge of surrendering because of the bombings. I blame Cronkite as much as anyone for our failure in Veitnam.

  • Altoids September 2, 2019, 10:53 am

    Great article!
    I was in my early teens when this happened, so don’t recall too much about it.
    It’s good to hear the whole story.

  • Mike in a Truck September 2, 2019, 10:46 am

    We learned many lessons from TET. Just as valuable today is the lesson that the Communist Party…um Democrats, would do the same thing to we Deplorables that the VC did to South Vietnam. Yes I’m convinced they would kill us. Just look how they’ve been talking. They want to take our guns away? Let what happened to their VC buddies be a lesson.

  • noraad September 2, 2019, 10:26 am

    5th photo, the man on the right, looks like Christopher Reeve. Do we know who he is? Is he just setting up the photo?

  • Pete Faz September 2, 2019, 10:03 am

    North Vietnam should have been nuked

  • Mark Wynn September 2, 2019, 9:56 am

    “Such historical revisionism is folly.”
    Wow. Coming from a Democrat that’s profound.
    Thanks for the article. Both Eddie Adams and President Carter went up in my book of persons with integrity.

  • Jerry S. September 2, 2019, 9:38 am

    I remember that incident like it was yesterday. I said “whoa, that’s how you kill VC”. It is a picture that describes the whole Viet Nam War for me.

  • Dixie September 2, 2019, 9:34 am

    Dr. Dabbs, this is perhaps your finest historical narrative yet. I was a 19 years old at the time of the Tet Offensive and I vividly remember the shock and controversy this photo caused. Prior to your article, I had never heard an accounting of the events leading up to Lem’s execution. My sincere thanks for telling “the rest of the story.”

  • perlcat September 2, 2019, 9:07 am

    Wonderful article, and a grim reminder that our press often works directly against justice and humanity. A single photo taken out of context ruined a man’s life and, far worse, cost many, many more when we abandoned that country to its fate. What was the advantage that using this out of context gained the press? How did the Left profit from this? They used it to win elections, and manipulate public opinion. This is why I tend towards isolationism — we can’t be a reliable ally if our people are so easily manipulated, and unreliable allies create, not resolve conflicts.

    Of course, the photographer in question is sorry as he11 that he “messed up his life”, and there are even “tears in his eyes” — were there any regrets for the disintegration of lawful societies into chaos? Any disquiet over the subsequent fate of millions in the Killing Fields? Were there any tears for the people his out-of-context photo got killed? Doubt it, people like that will look you in the eye and tell you how they were just doing their job, just like any tool of an oppressive society will tell you.

    If you think that Trump’s statement that the press is the enemy of the people was just empty hyperbole, I have a short pier I’d like to sell you; you can even try jumping off of it before you buy it.

    • Mark Wynn September 2, 2019, 10:04 am

      Eddie Adams was not “the press.” He was an amazing photojournalist who put himself in harm’s way throughout a distinguished career. I believe he was affiliated with Blackstar photo agency. He wouldn’t even have been back in the USA to see and comment on how his photo was used stateside until weeks or months later. Might google Eddie Adams to see some of the historically profound photos and photo feature he took. Just fyi …. (other than that, I agree with your comment about our current, partisan, unethical “press.”)

      • perlcat September 2, 2019, 2:05 pm

        I think we can all separate the object from the use it’s put to; we all do that when we call for people that misuse firearms to be punished rather than the makers of the firearm. It’s a variant on the underlying freedom that is the foundation of our bill of rights. We have the freedom of free will. However, we all make reasonable concessions to that freedom, where the public risk is greater than the individual’s freedoms to possess an object of limited personal use. Thus, we can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, and we can’t buy personal artillery rounds without some kind of legal supervision.

        This man’s work killed far more than a personal nuclear device ever could — there is a responsibility in creating it to see that either it isn’t misused or to not create it in the first place.

  • Andrew September 2, 2019, 8:33 am

    RIP General Loan, you’re a true hero.

    and good shot, the only good communist is a dead one.

    • MagnumOpUS September 2, 2019, 11:16 am

      Amen to that!
      Remember that this VC cut the throats of an entire family. He reaped what he sowed.
      And to his teary eye widow holding up the newspaper article: see the above!

  • Ugly Driver September 2, 2019, 7:09 am

    Sugar Bear,
    Best one yet!

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