This Necessary Blindness Is Displayed Through And Explained By Captain Trouin

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In the novel, this necessary blindness is displayed through and explained by Captain Trouin, a pilot who brings Fowler on a vertical strike in north Vietnam. Trouin and Fowler dive over a village as Trouin drops sampan bombs, killing not only communist supporters but also a multitude of innocent villagers. Fowler narrated that after the raid was finished, the two men “didn’t even wait to see [their] victims struggling to survive, but climbed and made for home” (Greene 142). Trouin later explained to Fowler that he felt sorry for all of the victims of the raids, and unlike those similar to Pyle and General Thé, he was aware of the destruction he had caused. He explained, “What I detest is napalm bombing. From 3,000 feet, in safety…You see the forest catching fire. God knows what you would see from the ground. The poor devils are burnt alive, the flames go over them like water…We are fighting all of [the government’s] wars, but [they] leave us the guilt…But we are professionals: we have to go on fighting till the politicians tell us to stop” (Greene 143-144). He explained that although he felt guilty, and recognized the devastation and destruction he caused, he had no choice but to try to be blind and ignore it. If Trouin had taken these consequences to heart and permitted his emotions to overcome him, he would not have been able to drop the bombs and follow his orders. Himself, the other soldiers, and the other pilots are required to walk away from the destruction and…

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