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America on Human Rights (2)

13 June 2010
 

The United States on June 10, 2010 urged Iran to uphold all of its international commitments and to account honestly for its human rights record. Why is it necessary for American government to make this statement? Here is why:

One day in December 1967, Charlie Company of 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division arrived in South Vietnam, and before long the troops suffered 28 incidents involving mines or booby-traps which caused injuries and five deaths. Though they were invasion troops to another country but they didn't believe the locals had right to resist their occupation, thus considered the action constitutes terrorist activities.

In January 1968 the military authority received a piece of intelligence that the resistance force, 48th NLF Battalion, was taking refuge in the villages in My Lai.

The troops decided to take this opportunity to teach the locals a hard lesson for supporting their own countrymen. Colonel Oran K. Henderson urged his officers to "go in there aggressively, close with the enemy and wipe them out for good." Lieutenant-Colonel Frank A. Barker ordered the 1st Battalion commanders to burn the houses, kill the livestock, destroy foodstuffs, and close the wells.

The invasion troops landed in My Lai on the morning of March 16 following an artillery and helicopter gunship preparation but located no enemy fighters.

The invasion troops point a gun at the head of an old local village woman and shoot.

 

The family huddle together in face of the massacre by killing forces from other side of the Pacific Ocean.

After the troops shot the first villager, the soldiers and officers were excited by the sight and the smell of the blood and began attacking anything that moved, humans and animals, with firearms, grenades and bayonets. The brutality of the massacre would probably make Nazi Germany feel ashamed of themselves for being relatively soft on their victims.

The soldiers gunned down unarmed men, women, children and babies, herded dozens of villagers into irrigation ditches to be shoot at with automatic weapons. Women were gang raped, some victims were mutilated with the signature "C Company" carved into the chest, and burned all the houses.

The troops burn the village.

 

A soldier sets the house on fire.

 
 

After the initial "sweeps", the army sent the follow up troops to deal with any remaining locals, who went on to kill every still-living human and animal they could find, including those who emerged from their hiding places, and searched through the heaps of bodies to finish off the wounded lying their moaning.

On one occasion, the troops asked their helicopters to trick a group of villagers, mainly women, children, babies and elderly, hidden in a bunker to come the open then shot dead all of them.

Since the troops had encountered no enemy opposition, the 4th group of the combat force gleefully moved in to attack the locals in a neighbouring settlement, killing up to 90 villagers.

During the next two days, the armies were involved in additional burning and destruction of dwellings.

The White House and Pentagon kept covering up this genocidal war crime against humanity from public knowledge. Three U.S. servicemen who made an effort to halt the massacre and protect the wounded were denounced by U.S. Congressmen, the worst group of people on earth, received hate mail and death threats and found mutilated animals on their doorsteps for 30 years. So far the the justice has still not been service and the perpetrators have not been punished that matched to their horrendous anti-humanity crimes.

Here are some testimonies of the soldiers:

I would say that most people in our company didn't consider the Vietnamese human. —Dennis Bunning

I did not see anyone alive when we left the village. —Private First Class Robert Maples

1968年3月16日,侵越美軍老虎部隊懷疑村民掩護逃亡抵抗力量,遂在越南廣南省的美萊村進行大规模的屠殺,男女老幼无一幸免,女性被輪姦,屍體被肢解,房屋被焚毁。隔天美國陸軍部的官方報紙《星條旗報》(Stars and Stripes)在頭版头條大肆庆贺,声称:“美軍包圍赤色分子,殺死128人”。美国军方和媒体的无人性由此可见一斑。

美萊村屠殺的消息被美國軍方和政府封锁,直到1971年美國軍事法庭才因美國陸軍中尉威廉·卡利下令開火而判處其終身監禁,然而上訴後即被減刑至四個半月。另有二十五名被起訴的杀人犯,全部無罪釋放。美国法律的不公正和对人权的践踏由此可见一斑。

三位揭露此种族屠杀的军人在30年中受尽不公正待遇。他们被美国国会议员痛骂、为美国媒体谴责、遭美国公众侮辱;有人给他们寄死亡威胁信、有人将他们的宠物杀死后放在他们的大门口的台阶上。美国政府和公众的不道德和无耻由此可见一斑。

Sorry, wrong example, our apology. This human rights abuse incident was carried out by the United States.

But we have more examples, and may more ...

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