posted on Nov, 13 2003 @ 02:40 PM
because the way some of you are talkin it sounds like your not much of a humanitarian
My Lai Massacre
The phrase "search and destroy" has taken on a sort of pop-culture currency in recent years, but in Vietnam circa 1968, it was anything but a glib
But when the order was issued outside a small village in Southern Vietnam widely called "My Lai" (its actual name is "Son My") on March 16, 1968,
the result was a lot of "destroy" and very little "search." The resulting massacres represents one of the low points in American history.Even with
the ultraviolent and paranoid atmosphere of combat in Vietnam, one would think that after killing a couple dozen unarmed civilians with no resistance,
the company might have stopped to re-evaluate its strategy of killing everyone that moved. Didn't happen.Men, women and children, including babies,
were killed in the carnage that followed. Praying children were shot in the back of the head, elderly men were hacked to death with bayonets. People
were shot on their knees, in the back, with their hands in the air. More than 500 people were killed in just hours. Some of the corpses were
mutilated. Some women who weren't killed were gang-raped. Other villagers were beaten and tortured. And evidence of the carnage was recorded on film
by an Army photographer accompanying the unit named Ron Haeberle.
kill them all huh?no need to aim right?