Massacre is defined as the
wholesale slaughter of one group of people by an opposing group of
No Gun Ri In the
chaotic early days of the Korean War, groups of refugees
fleeing a North Korean
advance attempted to cross American lines despite warning shots.
to 400 refuges, mostly women and children, were shot in one
American soldiers suspected the group contained Communist
survivors from South
Korea and relatives of victims file a lawsuit that describes a three-day
period of killing, claiming American planes strafed hundreds of refugees
fleeing North Korean
troops, leaving 100 people dead.
survivors flee under the
bridge, where they are pinned by American troops who shoot and kill almost all
April 2007 A document
found in the National Archives notes that the army had a policy of
shooting approaching civilians.
A memo, dated July 25, 1950, from the
United States Fifth Air Force regarding "Policy on Strafing Civilian Targets",
written by USAF Colonel Turner C. Rogers recalls that, "the army has requested
that we strafe all civilian refugee parties that are noted approaching our
positions," and that, "to date, we have complied with the army request in this
The soldiers found no
insurgents in the village
of My Lai on the morning of
March 16, 1968.
One platoon led by Lt. William Calley, killed hundreds
of civilians - primarily old men, women, children, and babies.
were tortured or raped.
Dozens were herded into a ditch and executed
with automatic firearms.
Survivors of the My Lai
massacre, are "accidently" slaughtered by "friendly" airstrikes and artillery
Vietnam War Crimes Working
The archives of the Vietnam
War Crimes Working Group, made up of staff members assigned to General
William C. Westmoreland, filed at the National Archives in College Park,
Maryland substantiated 300 atrocities which included:
from 1967 through 1971 in which at least 137 civilians died; seventy-eight
other attacks on noncombatants in which at least 57 were killed, 56 wounded and
15 sexually assaulted;
one hundred forty-one instances in which
American soldiers tortured civilian detainees or prisoners of war with fists, sticks, bats, water
or electric shock.
Members of a reconnaissance platoon swept through
the Que Son Valley, burning homes, slaughtering animals and killing civilians.
Members of the platoon killed:
an unarmed boy standing outside
a cluster of huts;
three women and three children in a hut;
executed an elderly woman and a baby;
raped a woman and a young
girl and then executed civilian detainees.
The unit reported the
victims as enemy killed in action.
On the same day as the massacre at
My Lai, American soldiers from the same division killed an undetermined number
of women and children in neighboring My Khe.
American soldiers tossed
grenades into shelters and shot women, and children as they ran for cover or
tried to flee.
Over the next three days, members
of the unit burned three hamlets to the ground and
tortured detainees with electric shocks.
The unit reported 39 enemy
combatants killed but recovered no weapons and suffered no casualties.
An American helicopter
"hunter-killer" team attacked a village in Cambodia with rockets and machine
gun fire, killing eight civilians, including two children, and wounding 15.
After the attack, an American captain landed with a platoon of South
No enemy weapons or
other war materiel were found.
The troops provided no medical
treatment to the wounded.
The American captain returned to the aircraft
with a motorcycle and the Vietnamese troops made off with large quantities of
civilian property, including tobacco, poultry, and radios.
The documents, archives of the Vietnam War Crimes
Working Group have now been reclassified "secret" and removed from the
"Haditha holds a mirror up not just to American
troops in the field but to our whole society. Witness' to the slaying of Iraqi civilians by
American Marines in the village of Haditha say the American Marines shot men,
women and children at close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine in a
Not just to the liars in
government but to those that believe them too easily.
It is past time
for Americans to summon the civil courage to face what is being done in their
name and refuse to be accomplices." - Daniel Ellsberg
Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident
American Marines went
from house to house killing members of three families.
heard Younis Salim Khafif plead in English for his life and the lives of his
"I heard Younis speaking to the American Marines,
saying: 'I am friend. I
am good,' they killed him, his wife and daughters."- Aws Fahmi
girls killed inside Younis Salim Khafif's
house are ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and
Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali, 76; Khamisa Tuma Ali, 66 (wife); Iman, 8;
Abdul Rahman, 5; Abdullah, 4; were killed in the house next door.
Khafif, 43; Aeda Yasin Ahmed, 41; a son, 8 and five young daughters and
an infant were killed in the third house.
Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived - saved by her
mother's blood spilling onto her making
her look dead.
One marine claimed that in a pistol fire fight while
unloading his pistol he shot three Iraqs in the head. (Trained by Clint
assassinated the family that was here" -
later on one of the houses.
airstrikes, dropping 500 lb bombs on more than one house to cover up the
"In addition to the American Marines' individual actions,
"jets dropped 500 lb bombs". The buck for the "total breakdown in morality and
leadership" doesn't stop with a single unit of stressed out,
third tour of duty American Marines. It
stops at the very top, with George
Walker Bush." - Jess Winfield
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