The above photo has been making the rounds on Facebook.I originally assumed it was of Hanoi Hilton vintage, as it reminded me of the one beneath, which I covered in my post called St. John’s Warts. In my opinion the John McCain POW story was just propaganda designed to sheep dip him and prepare him for the presidency.
This is, to me, an obvious fake. All the men, though being starved, enjoy fine grooming, regular shaves and haircuts. One might suspect they were spruced up for this photo-op, but given the degree of emaciation, I doubt the Vietnamese would want to broadcast a photo like this. Anyway, the lighting is a mess – faces on the second, third and fifth from the right of darker tone than the bodies, unnaturally so. The guy on the right enjoys different lighting than the others.
This does not detract from the fact that we are indeed looking at bodies in the process of starvation. It is just a question of where they originated. Were they from WWII concentration camps? We know that conditions were deplorable. They certainly look Caucasian, and the notable feature, the heads, are robust and healthy and well-groomed.
Here is the original photo again. Let’s take a closer look. I found the source on Facebook as “Occupy Democrats,” a page wherein members of that party emphasize that they really are different from their good-cop-bad-cop counterpart, the Republicans. That page does not link the photo to any source. So I have to go with their contention that these are prisoners of war, that they are Americans, and that they stand in heroic contrast to the “Draft Dodger Trump.” That is “Occupy Democrats” assertion.
First a little side trip – Facebook. It is apparent to me that it has taken on the role that was once played primarily by television, that of dissemination of propaganda to the American people. Other sources claim it is a mere CIA front, and that Mark Zuckerberg is a hired actor. I buy that – it makes sense. Facebook is overrun with images like this, and is used to reinforce every fake mass shooting, the worst being Paris where everyone pledged unity by superimposing a French flag over their image. Facebook has been an intricate part of our fake event culture.
Propaganda takes many forms – I would call the above “integration” (as opposed to “agitation”) propaganda, designed to unify us as a whole body with one outlook behind a common cause. Common enemies like communists, later terrorists, and now mass shooters serve this purpose.
I have looked hard at the above photo, and I want to say it is fake, but the longer I stare, the better it looks. I want to say that the two heads have been superimposed on two bodies of strangers from WWII. The heads look generally healthier and (at least the one closer) seems to have darker skin tone. I took it to Photoshop and reversed the contrast, and got the following result:
It appears to me that the necks on both men are of different tone than either the heads or bodies. I am seeing in the man closest a straight line under his left chin and ear to looks oddly like a darkroom splice (or a scar). And again, he is clean-shaven and has had a recent haircut, this as he is being starved to death. The arms in the foreground look oddly too long. The left arm, though emaciated, is far more muscular than the right. The dark space under and behind his right leg and calf (here a bright white space due to reverse contrast) is odd.
Of course, I cannot be sure. I usually get great input from readers and commenters, so have at it. Who are these men? Are they supposed to be at the Hanoi Hilton? What are you seeing that I have missed? What have I over-analyzed?