Apparently being in a brig for a little over 4 months is just too cruel for a Navy Seal accused of murdering a prisoner, shooting at civilians and obstructing justice:
Why an accused murderer is entitled to " ...[text shortened]... and Friends segment regarding him at 7:45 AM and by 8:14 had decided to intervene.
What a joke.
There's nothing new about the US government and military covering up war crimes,
particularly against non-white people (who are routinely dehumanized).
"Between 347 and 504 unarmed people were killed by the U.S. Army soldiers from
Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd (Americal)
Infantry Division. Victims included men, women, children, and infants.
Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated as were children as young as 12 …
only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was convicted.
Found guilty of killing 22 villagers, he was originally given a life sentence, but
served only three and a half years under house arrest."
Calley was acclaimed as a folk hero by many Americans. A popular ballad was written in his honor.
To this day, evidently, many Americans believe that Calley was treated too harshly.
I have heard Americans rationalize the raping of Vietnamese women and girls as
a bit of excessive 'R & R' (rest and recreation) for supposedly 'sex-starved' soldiers
(who were unwilling to pay prostitutes?).
If I recall correctly, the original US military indictment made the racist point of
referring to the alleged killing of *'Oriental'* human beings, as though they were
different from *real* human beings. Of course, most Americans then regarded
the Vietnamese as much less human than white people.
Some jingoistic Americans here have attempted to excuse the My Lai Massacre
or have fiercely attacked any criticism of it, even daring to mention it.
While there may be *some* Americans here who sincerely regard the My Lai Massacre
as a terrible war crime, I never have heard any American *cleanly* condemn it as such here.
In their book _Four Hours in My Lai_ (which I recommend), the authors (British journalists)
assert that the American response, both official and popular, to the My Lai massacre
remains dominated by attempting to deny or minimize American responsibility.
That's certainly true of almost all Americans with whom I have discussed the massacre.
Given that most Americans apparently have learned nothing from the My Lai Massacre
(which they would prefer to deny or censor criticism), I expect that there likely
will be similar massacres in the USA's future imperialist wars.