My Lai Massacre

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My Lai Massacre

murder of 22 Vietnamese villagers by American troops under Lt. William Calley, Jr. (1968). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1973) 145]
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Top row, left to right: Mai Lai Breech (Children's Art Village, Los Angeles), Antje Tesche-Mentzen (Munich, Germany), Professor Vali Nasr (Tufts University), and Nkem Oselloka-Orakwue (Nigeria).
WHEN I listen to American and other right-wing politicians screaming about the injustice of the Scottish Justice minister freeing the Lockerbie bomber because he has a terminal illness, it makes me so angry when I recall the Mai Lai massacre in 1968.
It confessed its sins at Mai Lai in public and repented them.
Not all the Winter Soldier stories might be true, but we know that the Mai Lai massacre was.
Also on this day: 1660: The Long Parliament of England dissolved; 1872: Wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kenington Oval in first FA Cup Final; 1888: First recorded sale of a manufactured motor car when Emile Roger of Paris bought petrol-driven vehicle from Karl Benz's new factory; 1935: Hitler renounced the Treaty of Versailles and reintroduced compulsory military service; 1937: Death of statesman Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain (pictured right); 1973: The new London Bridge opened by the Queen; 1968: American troops killed 175 unarmed villagers in Mai Lai, Vietnam.
Then again, we have the storm of disapproval over the massacre at Mai Lai.