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Old 04-28-2008, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Bossa Nova View Post
Errr... not quite, but I was right about the Pulitzer. Here's exactly what it is:

Thích Quảng Đức (born Lâm Văn Tức in 1897 – June 11, 1963) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon intersection on June 11, 1963. Thích Quảng Đức was protesting the persecution of Buddhism by South Vietnam's Ngô Đ́nh Diệm administration. Photos of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought world attention to the policies of the Diem regime. Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo of the burning, while David Halberstam's written account achieved the same feat. The act increased international pressure on Diem and led him to announce some reforms with the intention of mollifying Buddhist opinion. However, the delayed implementation of the reforms saw the situation deteriorate. The heart of Thich Quang Duc remained intact after his cremation, leading Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva. With protests continuing, the Special Forces loyal to Diem's brother Ngo Dinh Nhu launched nationwide raids on Buddhist pagodas, inflicting widespread damage and killing, in addition to seizing the holy heart. Several more Buddhist monks followed the lead of Thich Quang Duc and eventually, an ARVN coup toppled and killed Diem in November. The self-immolation is widely seen as the turning point of the Buddhist crisis which led to the change in regime.

you really have to admire that man's commitment, as insane as it was.
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