My Lai versus the world

Thursday, 27 February 2003

In 1968 many bad things were happening in the world. Many more than today, by volume and weight. In March of that year some frustrated, tired, bloodied US soldiers came across a town in Vietnam called My Lai.

Those soldiers were looking for VietCong soldiers. The ones who had been killing their friends and mining the roads and fields to maim those who didn’t die. There were no VC in the village. Those US soldiers killed everyone there anyway. Systematically, in some cases with rape, and in most cases without haste. They murdered 300-500 civilians. Old men, women, babies. Just like the SS or the NKVD.

Of course not all US soldiers were like this in Vietnam. My Lai was nearly successfully covered up, however, so it’s a certainty that at least a few more US soldiers were just like this but never caught.

When a bunch of Saudis and their Bible-group friends destroyed the World Trade Center towers and part of the Pentagon and a plane full of brave individuals in a Pennsylvania field there were TV cameras around the world. The cameras largely showed what amazing friends the US has in Canada, England, and many other nations. The cameras also captured Egyptian cabbies in Cairo applauding the act, waves of Palestinians partying in the streets, Pakistanis gloating while applying for student visas to study in the US. Muslim citizens of every predominantly Islamic country loudly crying out in joy.

Not all Muslims. It only looked that way b/c it was almost impossible to find an Egyptian who would say he found the act deplorable or a Saudi not in the royal family who didn’t heartily endorse the day.

When Americans found out our people had been raping and slaughtering Vietnamese civilians, we spit on them. We jeered them. We made them unwelcome, unemployable. We disowned them, even the honorable innocent who’d risked everything for the love of their home, merely by association with the isolated horrible acts that had come to light.

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