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Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, March 16, 2019: The Unlearned Lesson of My Lai
Friedersdorf's article caught my eye because I was 21 years old when it happened, and was worried that upon graduation I would be drafted into this fucking mess. The date is March 16, 1968, one day before St Patrick's Day. It is a day of infamy for the United States. I share it lest we forget how brutal Americans can be against fellow human beings. I recall reading a similar account of a massacre in Colorado that occurred November 1864 -- The Sand Creek Massacre. It must be in our genes.
A clip for the Atlantic article:
"When U.S. Army soldiers ended their massacre of elderly men, women, and children in a South Vietnamese hamlet 50 years ago—on March 16, 1968—perhaps 500 civilians lay dead.
"The green troops expected to meet Vietcong forces, but instead found unarmed families. “During the next few hours, the civilians were murdered,” Seymour Hersh later wrote. “Many were rounded up in small groups and shot, others were flung into a drainage ditch at one edge of the hamlet and shot, and many more were shot at random in or near their homes. Some of the younger women and girls were raped and then murdered. After the shootings, the G.I.s systematically burned each home, destroyed the livestock and food, and fouled the area’s drinking supplies.”
You should read the entire article at the above link...