Friday, November 14, 2003

Vietnam War Crimes under the spotlight again

US forces carried out many atrocities in Vietnam, the most infamous being the massacre at My Lai. There were other atrocities as well, and an American newspaper investigates those carried out by a unit called "Tiger Force", which took place over a period of months, and which may have left hundreds of Vietnamese civilians dead. Tiger Force also apparently used to wear necklaces made of shoelaces, on which they strung the ears of Vietnamese they killed.

A researcher says that far from being the actions of “rogue soldiers”, the massacres were a direct result of US policy in Vietnam, which encouraged the killing of civilians.