Robert L. Peters

16 March 2008

In memoriam: My Lai

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Winnipeg, Canada

Forty years ago today, U.S. Army forces massacred hundreds of women and children in the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai (the My Lai Massacre). The incident prompted widespread outrage around the world and led to reduced U.S. support at home for the Vietnam War… one wonders why, four decades later, the latest U.S.-led war in Iraq still has the support it does (especially given the information available at our fingertips, e.g. the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib).

Has our age become inured to suffering, brutality, and injustice? I was an impressionable 13 years old when the incident at My Lai took place, and I certainly remember….

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