Sunday, December 08, 2013


This is one part of his Senate testimony that still pisses off conservatives:
They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
I've just finished reading Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse and there is plenty of evidence that Kerry was 100% correct about our terrible actions in Vietnam. Turse's book has many substantiating references and this is one that I found especially convincing:

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Am J Psychiatry 1971;128:450-454. 

During the author's two years as an Army psychiatrist, he learned that many relatively normal young men he interviewed had observed or participated in the slaughter of defenseless Vietnamese people. Six psychological, social, and mechanical principles contributed to the occurrence of such slaughter; the universalization of the enemy; the "cartoonization" of the victim; the dilution of responsibility; the pressure to act; the natural dominance of the psychopath; and the ready availability of firepower.
I was able to find the complete version but I could not extract the text in a form that I can post so here's a link to the PDF file.

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