Perhaps it was because
he was a foreign observer in a far-off war. Maybe he just saw things
more clearly than most people. Ultimately, he showed the American
public the real horrors of the Vietnam war.
Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths saw Vietnam as a "goldfish
bowl where the values of American and Vietnamese can be observed,
studied, and because of their contrasting nature, more easily appraised."
Griffiths's images were some of the first to clearly
show the mismatch of American soldiers in a place
they didn't belong. America had became lost in a conflict
run by a government which had lost its perspective
about its place in the world.