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Briefing Memo, Page 6

This image depicts a Central Intelligence Agency Information Report dated October 14, 1963.  It has this subject:

Situation Appraisal as of 12 October 1963

The "situation appraisal" quotes an observation that the Vietnamese people didn't really care who won the war between the Northern and Southern parts of Vietnam.  They just wanted peace.

Earlier in this document - at section "6" - the writer discusses self-immolations in South Vietnam.  He notes a discussion with Thich Tri Quang:

...There have been no self-burnings by bonzes since the one at the Central Market Place on 5 October; however, Thich Tri Quang, in asylum in the American Embassy, has remarked to Embassy officers that he anticipates many more.

Earlier - on the 11th of June, 1963 - Thich Quang Duc (a Buddhist priest) had set fire to himself on a street in Saigon.  A picture of that event was sent on news wires around the world.  In response to the gruesome image, President Kennedy noted:

No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.

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Image depicting a page from a Central Intelligence Agency Information Report dated October 14, 1963.  Online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.

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