War Crimes

American Rape of Vietnamese Women was “Considered Standard Operating Procedure”

My Lai Massacre, Sexual Assault and the Black Blouse Girl Source: Washington’s Blog September 30, 2017 by Robert Barsocchini Comparing testimony from Vietnamese women and American soldiers, Gina Marie Weaver, in her book Ideologies of Forgetting: Rape in The Vietnam War, finds that rape of Vietnamese women by American troops …

War Crimes

Obfuscating the Truths of Vietnam

Source: counterpunch September 25, 2017 by S. Brian Willson I have hesitated to comment on the instructive discussion on VFP’s Full Disclosure page about the Burns-Novick Vietnam PBS series because I am not watching it. I have enjoyed reading many of the comments, and have communicated with people who have seen advance screenings. In 2014, …

War

Hué Back When: Vietnam’s Pivotal Battle Reconsidered

Photo by Raymond Depardon | CC BY 2.0 Source: counterpunch September 20, 2017 by Michael Uhl For Mark Bowden, author of Hué 1968, the pivotal battle of the War in Vietnam did not follow the script most Americans were used to scanning in their newspapers or visualizing on the evening …

War

Kill Anything That Moves: Dereliction of Duty, Part One

Source: Straight Line Logic September 18 , 2017 Robert Gore History is not always written by the winners. I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and …

Biological Warfare

Defending Against the Next Generation of Bioweapons

Source: New Eastern Outlook Ulson Gunnar Chemical and biological weapons conjure in the mind terror and have been repeatedly cited as a pretext for both acts of military aggression and even entire wars. Scenes of soldiers and civilians choking on toxic chemicals or covered in boils after exposure have been …

Drones

“The Future Soldiers” Are Weaponized Drone Battalions

Source: Activist Post By Nicholas West Since the inception of Activist Post, we have been chronicling the transition from traditional military systems toward a future war matrix of fully autonomous weapons.  Many tech luminaries, universities and robotic weapons experts have called for a moratorium on the development of “killer robots,” …

War

My Antiwar Awakening From a Boozing Baltimore Vet

Photo by David Owen | CC BY 2.0 Source: counterpunch by James Bovard In the summer of 1975, I took off hitchhiking from the mountains of southwest Virginia to visit a college girlfriend in New England. Less than 300 miles into the trip, my thumb lost whatever magic it once …

War Crimes

Endtimes in Mosul

Source: counterpunch by Patrick Cockburn On 22 May, Ahmed Mohsen, an unemployed taxi driver, left his house in the Islamic State-controlled western part of Mosul to try to escape across the Tigris to the government-held eastern side of the city. He and his mother, along with ten other people, carried …

War Crimes

Key Myths and Facts about the Atomic Bombings of Japan

Source: Washington’s Blog by Robert Barsocchini In 1945, US president Harry Truman (who had dictatorial control over the atomic bomb) and his advisor James Byrnes intentionally prolonged the US war with Japan until, and apparently so that, they could target Japanese civilians, without warning, with atomic bombs. The bombings were planned and carried …

War Crimes

United States War Crimes: From Korea to Afghanistan

Source: Global Research By Lenora Foerstel and Brian S. Willson The issue of War Crimes emerged after World War I at the Versailles Conference, but it was not until the end of World War II that a more comprehensive definition of what constitutes war crimes was developed. First among new …