As has been said numerous times, unfortunately # like this happens too often in times of war. And it is not just this conflict that it has happened
Some of the stories my dad told me from when he was in Viet Nam would shock even the most hardened person, but from what he saw, and he knew from
reading battle reports (he was in Company HQ, and would have to deal with all the paperwork that came in and out of Headquarters), that there was some
really effed up # going on over there.
Case in point - there were several times he came across the Motangards (spelling? They were the Highland Tribal guys that hated both the North and
South Vietnamese), who were fighting with/for the Americans and Aussies, while out on Patrol, and being tribal, they would still follow the same
edicts that they had followed for thousands of years. Basically, these guys were headhunters, and like the Native American Indians, they would carry
around trophies of their kills, like shrunken heads of their enemies etc. Dad said they were the spookiest bunch of people he had ever come across,
basically because he said they acted like ghosts, and you couldn't read their reactions, body movements etc. And he said what made them even spookier
was that you could never really tell whether they were on your side or working with the enemy.
A couple of interesting books to read that goes into this kind of thing, but during the Viet Nam war - The Tiger Man of Vietnam. Basically it's about
an Aussie Officer during Viet Nam, who goes to work for the CIA while he is there, to train up the Motangards to work with the Americans. The
Motangards actually came to trust him, and like him so much, that they made him an Honorary Chief within their tribes. And for this to happen, was a
BIG thing. There are also rumours still going around that the character of Colonel Kurtz, from the movie Apocalypse Now, was based on this Aussie
Another interesting read is called Tiger Force. It follows a certain American unit during the VN War, who ended up doing what has been described in
this thread. They beheaded civilians, raped the women, destroyed entire civilian villages, and nothing was done to stop them. Even when charges were
bought against certain elements of the unit, they were eventually dropped and covered up.
Both of these books are true stories, and it goes to show what can happen during war. I don't condone many of the actions described in the books, but
nonetheless, it's interesting to see what can happen during times of war when the Chain of Command leaves some units unsupervised, or willingly WANT
units to form Hunter Killer teams.
To be honest, I would like to see the Armies of all countries investigate WHY these atrocities happen, and lead on from there to stop this kind of
thing from happening in the future.
Sorry for going a little off topic Mods, but I thought there was some relevance there.