“We weren’t there to kill human beings, really. We were there to kill ideology.” (Lt. William Calley) Officially termed an “incident” (as opposed to a “massacre”), the events of March 16, 1968, at My Lai — a hamlet in South Vietnam — are widely portrayed and accepted to this day as an aberration. While the catalog of U.S. war crimes in Southeast Asia is far too sordid and lengthy to detail here, it’s painfully clear this was not the case.
I salute you, Mickey Z. You have the rare gift of adding grandeur to tragedy, without ever diminishing its filth...
This. Thank you for such a poignant tale about remaining human first and foremost. Courage like this is rare, or perhaps not as rare as we think—-but we need more examples to follow…..stepping into harm’s way because it is the right thing to do.
The wendigo needs to know there are those of us that will not watch it feed on the flesh and minds of our fellow man. It is coming for all of us.
True courage under fire evidenced by Hugh Thompson and Lawrence Colburn.
Chilling! I was a young teenager during Viet Nam was going on. I tore some pictures out of Life magazine and sent them love everyday. Thank you for reminding us. We need to heal these atrocities forever.
Who is Mickey Z and what clue would he have about Vietnam?