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my lai
« on: March 17, 2020, 05:32:26 PM »
yesterday was the fifty-second anniversary of the my lai massacre in viet nam.


somewhere around 400 unarmed women, children, and old men were killed by american troops under orders to destroy a viet cong stronghold.

i was a teenager in singapore at the time, and i remember the images in the straits times of the murdered civilians when the story broke. the pictures were graphic. some i have never seen again.

i'm not sure we've learned anything since then, or if learning is possible. but i remember.



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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2020, 05:38:41 PM »
Good place to put this reminder.
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Re: my lai
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2020, 06:26:39 PM »
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somewhere around 400 unarmed women, children, and old men were killed by american troops under orders to destroy a viet cong stronghold.
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Wow. That's horrible.  :felix:

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Re: my lai
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 06:44:05 PM »
they had a photographer along with them



sorry. this was a big deal for me.

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2020, 07:03:43 PM »
^^^
Yes, Rest In Peace.  :(

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Re: my lai
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 12:38:22 AM »
Atrocities litter the history of the US, and many other countries. This one happened to be fairly well documented, and the US public learned of it. Perhaps that will help prevent other atrocities of a similar nature. At least for a good long while, anyway.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 01:27:54 AM »
Atrocities litter the history of the US, and many other countries. This one happened to be fairly well documented, and the US public learned of it. Perhaps that will help prevent other atrocities of a similar nature. At least for a good long while, anyway.

I'm suspecting that the Middle East isn't quite out of the woods yet, sad to say.

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 01:29:59 AM »
I was in high school when that happened.  I remember how many adults defended it, and how many people -- both those I knew and those writing letters to the editor of newspapers -- declared that those of us who did not defend it had no right to an opinion unless we were soldiers at the front.  I don't think things have changed very much.
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Re: my lai
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2020, 12:21:25 PM »
Oh wow...
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