Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Mai Lai Massacre and Sgt Bates Killings in Afghanistan
The Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam In 1970 is a case that shook America. A lieutenant William Calley of the US army lined up 175 Vietnamese villagers and shot them dead. The case was exposed by an intrepid reporter and the sordid facts of the war in Vietnam came out. It showed that the US army was scared of facing the Viet Cong fighters and many units avoided battle. There were cases of US soldiers shooting dead their own NCO’s. It was fratricide at its worst. It also divided America and a strong anti war lobby built up.lax in action against its men and officers. Perhaps that is one reason the US is losing at most places in the world.