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The Songmi Carnage is a symbol of the war crimes of our time.

The Songmi Carnage is a symbol of the war crimes of our time.

The massacre, organized by the Americans in the Vietnamese village, can only be compared with the actions of the Nazis during World War II. However, this crime against humanity has not yet been properly assessed in American society, and the perpetrators have not received the deserved punishment ...

In March 1969, US President Nixon and 30 US congressmen and officials received a letter from veteran Ronald Raidenaura. In them, the former GI talked about the total destruction by American soldiers of civilians in one of the Vietnamese villages. Of course, the recipients saw in the letter the post-traumatic delirium of the veteran and sent them to the basket. However, it was not possible to completely hide the horrible truth.
The commission headed by Lieutenant-General William Pierce, the former commander of the 4 Infantry Division and the First Field Corps in Vietnam, took up the investigation of the monstrous crime. During the four months of operation, the commission interrogated about 400 people. The results were shocking: sophisticated murders, gang rapes, the unreasonable extermination of civilians turned out to be on the conscience of American soldiers ... And all this was covered by military commanders of various levels. In addition to everything else, photographs of Ronald Häberley, an information department of the American Army, swam in, in which the most horrific details of the massacre were documented in color.

The Pierce Commission found the following details. 16 March 1968, the US Army conducted an anti-partisan operation called Muscatine in the province of Quangangai (Sonntin district). The 1 battalion of the 20 infantry regiment of the American 23 infantry division was assigned to destroy the partisans in the area. While combing the jungle, the soldiers of the battalion tried to destroy the Viet Cong, but they were elusive, and at the same time they constantly inflicted damage on the enemy with the help of booby traps and sudden strikes. The Americans were furious. They believed that local peasants were hiding vetkogovtsy in their homes, and therefore decided to scour the neighboring villages belonging to the rural community of Songmi.

The commander of the first battalion, Captain Ernest Medina, received from the command of the operational group Barker the task of clearing the villages of a possible enemy. Medina, enraged at the impossibility of getting even with the enemy in open battle, ordered the soldiers not to be shy - to burn houses and destroy cattle.

On the morning of March 16, on 7.30, the villages of Milay, Bintei, and Mihe were bombarded with white phosphorous high-explosive and incendiary shells. Getting on the skin, phosphorus burned it, and then, interacting with the subcutaneous fat, literally burned the victim from the inside.
Then, around 8.00, helicopters hovered on the outskirts of the villages, from which American military mouths B ("Bravo") and C ("Charlie") fell. Watering the streets with automatic fire weapons and machine guns, the soldiers destroyed everyone, regardless of age and gender. In an effort to destroy those who tried to hide, they threw grenades into wells and other shelters, set fire to buildings. Moving from the hut to the hut, the Americans grabbed frightened women and children by the hair, shouting "Viet Cong?" Vietcong? ”, And, without waiting for an answer, killed them in cold blood. Those who tried to escape were immediately shot in the back. Groups of twenty-five to forty people, hiding in roadside ditches, were shot from automatic weapons.

It is noteworthy that the soldiers destroyed not only the peasants, they killed the animals - cows, pigs, even chickens. After them there was nothing left alive.
Going into a rage, the soldiers tried to show imagination. So private Allen Boyce, stabbed the old man with a bayonet in the chest, and then shot him in the neck. He then shot another man and threw him into the well, hurling a grenade after him.

About fifty residents of the village of Milay were herded by soldiers of the Charlie company to one of the ditches. Here, the Americans raped several young women. Then, on the orders of Lieutenant William Kelly, the commander of the 1 platoon, all these people were shot. According to one version, shortly before the shooting, Captain Ernest Medina contacted Kelly by radio and asked about the reasons for the delay in the advancement of his company. Kelly replied that they had stumbled upon a group of about sixty civilians. “Take care of them,” Medina ordered. After that, Kelly built the Vietnamese and from a distance of ten steps with the help of two of his subordinates shot them with a machine gun. Then the executioners finished off those who showed signs of life with control shots.

About a hundred more were killed by the Charlie company in the village of Bintei. In the next village, Mikhe, the Bravo company mercilessly destroyed about 90 people. Almost everywhere, American soldiers participated in the rape, cut off the ears of the peasants, removed the scalps, and released the insides to their victims.

What he saw caused horror in the ranks of the American soldiers themselves. One of them shot himself in the leg. The other, the helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who provided cover for the operation, put his car near a group of peasants and ordered the gunner to protect them from the American soldiers who were mad with blood. Thus, the pilots managed to save 12 people, but hundreds of other victims of the massacre were much less fortunate.

On the same day, Captain Medina sent a report to the brigade headquarters that 128 enemy soldiers were killed in the battle, while civilians were caught in the crossfire and about 20 people were killed. In the headquarters the captain was taken to the word.

Meanwhile, as a result of an operation in the village community of Songhi, 504 of a person between the ages of 1 and 82 was destroyed. Among them, 173 child, 182 women (including 17 pregnant), 60 men older than 60 years, 89 men younger than 60 years. Only two of the dead could belong to Viet Cong troops ...

The report of the Peirce Commission recommended that dozens of servicemen be found criminally liable for perpetrating rape, murder, and conspiracy to hide the truth. Further events were a clear demonstration of the “best in the world” US judicial system.

Initially, 80 US troops were involved in the Songmi case, of whom 25 was indicted. But before the military tribunal appeared only six people. Among them there was not a single officer from among those who planned the operation or carried out the management of it. Captain Medina, who called his soldiers for revenge, was acquitted because he claimed that he was on the edge of the village and did not know what was happening. He stated that when he arrived at the scene around 10 in the morning, only the dead remained there. Meanwhile, there were witnesses who saw Medina in a village at 9 hours, in the midst of a massacre.

During the hearings of participation in a closed meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Forces, Hughes Thompson, the helicopter pilot who saved the Vietnamese peasants, was also interrogated. He was subjected to sharp criticism. Committee Chairman Mendel Rivers said that if someone should be tried for participating in the events at Songmei, it should be Thompson - for threatening to use weapons against compatriots. Rivers tried unsuccessfully to bring Thompson to justice. After about stories Thompson became known to the public, he began to receive anonymous calls with threats, to his porch threw dead mutilated animals.

Finally, after all the trials, a “switchman” was assigned to them was Lieutenant William Kelly. Too obvious was his direct order to kill the inhabitants of the village of Milay. During the trial of Kelly, his defense was based on the fact that the lieutenant carried out the order of the commander. 29 March 1971, Kelly was convicted of murdering an 22 man and sentenced to life penal servitude. But even this sentence was never executed.

Thousands of telegrams flew to the White House from patriotic citizens in defense of Kelly. Many Americans hung their “Freedom for Kelly!” Tables on the bumpers of their cars. Several state legislatures adopted resolutions calling for the release of Kelly. Opinion Research Corporation in April 1971 conducted a survey, according to which 78% of Americans negatively accepted the decision of the court, 51% believed that President Nixon should pardon Kelly, and 28% demanded that his sentence be reduced. The President of the United States could not help but hear the voice of the voters. In August, 1971-th life penal servitude for a war criminal was replaced with a 20-year term, and a little later, by special order of US President Richard Nixon Kelly, was completely transferred from prison to house arrest in Fort Benning (GA). Then his sentence was reduced several times. Finally, in November 1974, Kelly was pardoned and released.

Now William Kelly lives in the state of Georgia, in the town of Columbus, where he works in a jewelry store. Apparently, the killer of twenty-two innocent people feels good. Just like Captain Medina. Just like hundreds of other executioners of the Vietnam War.
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  1. Letun
    Letun April 2 2014 08: 44
    What can I say, they call the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki an act of mercy that prevented a large number of victims. What else can I add then? The more I live, the more I take root in the idea that the United States is actually much worse than Nazi Germany.
    1. Docent1984
      Docent1984 April 2 2014 11: 34
      The fact is that they are Nazi Germany. This is literal reincarnation. If this topic is interesting, I recommend reading the materials about the "Trojan Horse" operation. Quite an entertaining topic, I was carried away in earnest a year ago.
      1. Saburov
        Saburov April 2 2014 18: 46
        Do you remember the movie Secret Fairway? Remember how the captain of the Flying Dutchman said, I will definitely not quote "we will go to America, we have provocative dossiers on all influential people and politicians in the world, so they will be in our hands and we will create a new ... Fourth Reich
        In general, it is not surprising that this happened, how many educational films about Vietnam I watched during my studies, given that during the Vietnam War more than 60% of the military were on drugs, and the use of drugs by military doctors to study the psyche of soldiers (aggression, suppression of fear and other) ... and the image of a chosen nation becomes an executioner in its impunity.
    2. 225chay
      225chay April 2 2014 12: 03
      Quote: Letun
      What can I say, they call the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki an act of mercy that prevented a large number of victims. What else can I add then? The more I live, the more I take root in the idea that the United States is actually much worse than Nazi Germany.

      Yes! America with tsy the most real fascists. The most notorious bandits on earth are they. And whoever prays for them - those scum and scum!
      Since its inception, they have been engaged in the genocide of peoples.
      1. Mister X
        Mister X April 2 2014 23: 15
        Quote: 225chay
        Since its inception, they have been engaged in the genocide of peoples.

        And they began with the extermination of the indigenous population of the continent: the Indians.
        Since then, they have continued in the same spirit, but they have only been pushing their "model of democracy" around the world.
    3. Sergei75
      Sergei75 April 2 2014 21: 44
      And what was the cost of the bombing of Dresden alone, in which there was absolutely no need.
  2. Dazdranagon
    Dazdranagon April 2 2014 08: 51
    But how eloquently they are called - VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM WAR ... Ugh, heroes are bad! They can only fight against pigs and chickens! angry
  3. Begemot
    Begemot April 2 2014 09: 01
    ,,, hung the “Freedom to Kelly!” tablets on the bumpers of their cars - he always said that Amerins are zombies.
  4. svskor80
    svskor80 April 2 2014 09: 03
    By that time, the Americans had already refused endurance and discipline, the enemy was almost elusive and stabbed from all sides. To this add fear, alcohol and drugs and the natural result of the massacre of civilians. The soldiers became the personification of US foreign policy. Moral decay was the beginning of the end.
    1. aksakal
      aksakal April 2 2014 09: 41
      Quote: svskor80
      By that time, the Americans had already refused endurance and discipline, the enemy was almost elusive and stabbed from all sides. To this add fear, alcohol and drugs and the natural result of the massacre of civilians. The soldiers became the personification of US foreign policy. Moral corruption was the beginning of the end
      - The photo is terrible, many children. How is it possible? Animals!
      1. feanor
        feanor April 2 2014 10: 14
        Quote: aksakal
        Terrible photo, many children. How is it possible? Animals!

        For Western armies, this is the norm, no matter where the Western army was, there was genocide everywhere, they have been fighting like this since antiquity, they will come, they will slaughter the entire local population and believe that this is in the order of things.
      2. Tygyps
        Tygyps April 2 2014 17: 35
        I wonder where the UN is !!!!! why not adopt a resolution prohibiting such actions and something like that, impose all conceivable and inconceivable sanctions on the country, army, mercenaries, which destroy women and children, after such photos there is a motivation to "hunt" for the so-called "veterans of the Vietnam War of the army USA ".. u. Bkov, which alone can destroy women and children.
        The UN is a useless rotten office, if the political will of the so-called "world community" would have settled such situations long ago. In real hostilities, DO NOT TAKE prisoner for such "cleaning" of mattress mats, ALSO ON THE SITE .......... to .... n ... chit !!!!!!!
        1. Sergei75
          Sergei75 April 2 2014 21: 48
          The UN is maintained mainly at the expense of the US budget, and whoever pays the money dances the girl. I must say bluntly, the UN is a prostitute who has no influence, this is a club where countries can simply express their opinions on what is happening, but can’t do anything.
    2. alicante11
      alicante11 April 2 2014 11: 50
      A person in any situation must remain a person. I just can’t imagine that I killed a child, especially a small one. I won’t even be drunk. But even more said is the support of criminals by American society. There were, of course, such as Hughes Thompson. But HERE HAVE BEEN HERED, and this suggests that the polls regarding the pardon of criminals were real. So what kind of society is this? This is not even a society of animals, but a society of some degenerates of the human race. As such, only the Earth wears.
      1. bishopXhc
        bishopXhc April 2 2014 14: 39
        As a matter of fact, American and Russian society are very similar. The reaction depends on the nature of the information presented. The media loyal to the US government may not have covered the event fully enough, omitting to say something and exaggerating certain details. Figuratively speaking, imagining the civilians of the village as accomplices of the Vietcong and allowing themselves deliberate inaccuracies in the numbers, they created the opinion that the cleansing was fair and the dead children and old people, for example, according to a dummy specialist, the Vietcong used as a human shield, and these losses were accidental but forced ... Society eats it up and demands justice for the "innocent patriotic lieutenant." Now remember the reaction of Russian society to the case of Colonel Budanov. It seems to me that the situations are similar
        1. wanderer_032
          wanderer_032 April 2 2014 15: 30
          Quote: bishopXhc
          Now remember the reaction of Russian society to the case of Colonel Budanov. It seems to me that the situations are similar

          And what in response to the shelling of the positions of his unit, Budanov ordered to destroy the Chechen aul from tanks, with all the inhabitants under the root?
          And the village itself probably burned? Something I do not remember this.
          Before writing this, you would think with your own head well.
          1. bishopXhc
            bishopXhc April 2 2014 16: 28
            Perhaps you misunderstood me. I am not trying to compare the scale of war crimes. As an example, I gave a concrete example of an offense against a Chechen and public reaction. In my opinion, a lot of people, again according to information from the media, supported the colonel and did not recognize the criminal intent in his actions. My opinion is biased, since I was not a direct witness to these events. Maybe you were? Do I think a crime against one person is less serious than hundreds? - Perhaps there is logic in this. Will it be easier for the murdered person or his relatives because they were the only victims of the killer? - I do not know, let everyone decide for himself. But for people who consider morality to be relative, is it fair to blame someone for immorality? It's my opinion
        2. Igool
          Igool April 3 2014 01: 52
          I dare to assure you that you are categorically wrong. To do this, we need to go a little deeper into the psychology of our people and Western society. Our psychology is based on our eternal struggle for truth, for justice. The methods used for this, the very concept of truth and justice, and what this struggle results in, is the next question.
          The psychology of people in Western countries is based on the pathological deceit of the individual. That is why they, in jurisprudence, obviously have no concept: truth, justice. The version of which side the court will believe more, that side wins the process. Lawyers warn their clients in advance that no one intends to seek any truth or justice, the main convincing representation of the situation.
          Western society is pathologically false. This is a society of traders. Since ancient times, our society has been promoting the honor of a warrior. It is on the basis of this difference that we have different wealth. A merchant is always richer than warriors.
          Now look at the crimes committed by Colonel Budanov and the American military and you will understand that there are very strong differences. Colonel Budanov was absolutely sure that he had caught the "bitch". A sniper worked on his fighters. While the Americans had completely different motives. Nobody covered Budanov. The Americans were absolutely sure of their superiority over the Aborigines and of their impunity.
          1. bishopXhc
            bishopXhc April 3 2014 09: 23
            Still, I disagree with you. Your opinion, in my opinion, is too idealized. People in the West and ours are driven by identical motives. There is no mentality and mass psychology. There is only a position that is formed by public institutions. An uneducated redneck drinking beer near his van in the swamps of Louisiana is not much different from a representative of the Slavic society who, after watching porn and then a documentary about the "power of Russian weapons", demands the blood of "n **** owls" in the comments. Is there a difference between McCain's statements and, say, Zhirinovsky's? If you want and have the time, I think you can find many matches. What matters is the upbringing and the level of education and culture of a particular person. And now I repeat once again, I am not comparing the scale of crimes. I am trying to describe the public reaction to the direct fact of violation of the law
  5. Gray 43
    Gray 43 April 2 2014 09: 22
    The staff are more successful at fighting unarmed people, but the whole machine skidding if resistance is found. The pilot is one of the sane, this can be respected even as a person. In any country, the mattress troops behave like colonizers, impunity and permissiveness are flourishing. America from a superpower has long been turned into a scarecrow of all mankind
  6. Isum
    Isum April 2 2014 09: 37
    There is no people in which the American trace would not be imprinted ....
  7. albi77
    albi77 April 2 2014 09: 50
    And then they are surprised at why among the American military who have left in stock so many depressions and suicides.
  8. fktrcfylhn61
    fktrcfylhn61 April 2 2014 10: 24
    And this state, and this nation still think something special about itself? I wonder why Vietnam did not file an international court of human rights? Or do they not consider themselves human? Or are they not at their helm? So what happens to them is what they allow! Sorry! After all, if all countries affected by US aggression would have demanded international proceedings. Either America would be at least stripped naked, or in the worst case, democracy would once again show its face! There is a saying: The family is not without a freak! But why without exception? And from the most democratized countries ??? There is something to ponder!
    1. Darn
      Darn April 5 2014 18: 13
      Not so long ago there was a note that an American tourist was detained in Korea.
      suspected of war crimes during the Korean War in 1950. So
      everyone remembers.
  9. Karampax
    Karampax April 2 2014 10: 36
    Similar events always and everywhere accompany the American army. But the nuclear bombing of defeated Japan is worth it! Never agree with them !!!! Vampires drinking the blood of countries and nausilik everyone against all wreaking havoc .....
  10. 77bob1973
    77bob1973 April 2 2014 10: 52
    What should Kerry talk about, he also fought in Vietnam, he also killed!
  11. ken
    ken April 2 2014 11: 11
    Ugh on the USA !!!! Some troubles from them !!!
  12. Gomunkul
    Gomunkul April 2 2014 17: 23
    The massacre, organized by the Americans in the Vietnamese village, can only be compared with the actions of the Nazis during World War II. However, this crime against humanity has not yet been properly assessed in American society, and the perpetrators have not received the deserved punishment ...
    This is their hereditary, how much they destroyed the Indians? African slaves on plantations? Americans over 250 years of their existence as a state have been noted everywhere where they have just been killed people. And this country teaches the whole world to respect human rights, it sounds like a mockery. It's time to introduce a no-fly zone over them. hi
    1. Evrepid
      Evrepid April 2 2014 20: 34
      For Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize is a mockery of the World!
      1. PureGUN
        PureGUN April 3 2014 01: 36
        For Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize is a mockery of the World!

        One mathematician from St. Petersburg has already given it up. Some people consider him "a little crazy".
    2. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z April 3 2014 01: 01
      So how are we taught history? America was discovered
      and it’s not the workers, farmers or bankers who went to develop it,
      and the scum of society from all over Europe, which had nothing to lose.
      So the banditry of Native Americans is in the blood and at the genetic level!
  13. MAKSAK
    MAKSAK April 2 2014 17: 58
    They would be treated like that! Then something may come to consciousness!
  14. ast114
    ast114 April 2 2014 19: 28
    They need to arrange the "Nuremberg Trial".
  15. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich April 2 2014 22: 54
    I always hated the Yankees ... And now I also despise! negative
  16. fedul
    fedul April 3 2014 00: 49
    the evil empire of America. Everything that was going on in Nazi Germany happened before in America. The baton of Nazism was passed on to her. Currently, the Nazis, with the help of Americans, are tearing Ukraine. Americans are a nation capable of flourishing only on the blood of others.
  17. apollo
    apollo April 3 2014 01: 28
    Friends do not forget that the Yankees civilization arose on the blood, enslavement and destruction of other peoples !!!
  18. victorTT
    victorTT April 3 2014 15: 09
    yeah war makes animals out of people. people lose their humanity. but even if they are not caught by the earthly tribunal, there is still a heavenly judgment for all people - God's judgment. there will be given to everyone both for good and for evil. no one will turn away or pay off. only you can condemn yourself here, that is, to go through this hell here on earth - through the pangs of conscience through repentance and correction through the awareness of what you have done. only in this way can one get liberation through one's own hell, through intense mental pain. and God can give forgiveness to such a person and the world of his soul, tormented by tormented conscience. and who has already become an animal so much that he kills and does not feel pain and the realization of his sin - that is only one judgment - as Christ said: everyone who takes a sword from a sword will perish.
  19. La xnumx
    La xnumx April 3 2014 15: 33
    The grin of democracy and liberal "values".
  20. QWERTY
    QWERTY April 4 2014 23: 18
    How does white phosphorus interact with subcutaneous fat?