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What a Hero Looks Like

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Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarClick to Enlarge / Click para AumentarThe only Mong Duong Mine I could find in Quang Ninh province is about 200 clicks due east from Hanoi not northeast, maybe it is not the right one; doesn't matter much but it was a good exercise for me - I had not realized that Vietnam had such a geographically rich coastline. Perfect for pirates, just like Newfoundland.

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A collapsed coal mine in Vietnam; some 20 men underground; the miners dig them out 'with their hands' - I presume shovels were used but maybe not; a miner looking at his watch; and one of the lucky 17 who were rescued being carried out.

It was this last shot that caught my attention. If evil is banal as Hannah Arendt said of Eichmann, heroism and triumph are in a sense equally banal, and yet completely different ...

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