My Lai Massacre Saviour Dies -
US Hero And Moral Example
By Gideon Polya
13 January, 2006
UK-US state terrorism is committing immense crimes in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan but the world is frozen into contemptible silence through the weight of the comprehensive lying by omission and commission by the politically correct racist Anglo-American mainstream media. The latest UNICEF estimates (January 2006) are that 1,300 under-5 year old infants are dying DAILY in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories through criminal non-provision of life-sustaining requisites by the UK-US Coalition in gross violation of the Geneva Convention. Yet this is simply NOT reported by mainstream media.
Who will defend the innocent victims of war? We ALL can safely do so (provided we live in law-abiding democracies permitting freedom of speech) – simply by RESOLUTELY INFORMING OTHERS about all abuses of humanity. However, occasionally we are made aware of outstanding individuals who exhibit extraordinary courage in defending the innocent. In Melbourne, Australia, there is a statue at a busy road junction commemorating one such person, Raoul Wallenberg (1912-?) - a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarians Jews from the Nazis during World War 2, but who was imprisoned and deported to the Siberian Gulag by suspicious Soviet authorities after the Red Army liberation of Budapest.
The New Year has seen the death of another such extraordinary hero of humanity. Hugh Thompson, the American helicopter pilot who courageously intervened to save Vietnamese civilians from massacre by US troops at My Lai, Vietnam in 1968, has died of cancer, aged 62 (see: US News & World Report: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/doubleissue/heroes/thompson.htm).
Hugh Thompson (Vietnam veteran, US Army helicopter pilot, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal) (4/15/1943-1/6/2006) was an American hero and a profoundly decent human being of the kind whose decency and courage surely give hope for all humanity.
On March 16, 1968, Hugh Thompson (24) and his 3 man crew flew over My Lai, Vietnam, and were shocked to see the bodies of men, women and children scattered over the landscape. They landed and determined that there was an ongoing horrendous massacre of Vietnamese villagers by US soldiers. Indeed they were horrified to witness US troops killing unarmed civilians.
Thompson finally landed in the line of fire between Vietnamese civilians sheltering from menacing US soldiers. He ordered his men to shoot any US soldiers shooting at civilians, confronted the senior US officer present and persuaded about 10 terrified civilians to leave their shelter.
Thompson radioed for a further helicopter to evacuate the survivors and then rescued a further civilian, a boy, from a ditch. Thompson was angrily vocal on his return to base: "I threatened never to fly again. I didn't want to be part of that. It wasn't war."
18 months later the My Lai Massacre eventually surfaced in the media. Thompson testified to Congress, a military inquiry and at the court martial that eventually convicted Lieutenant William Calley - for involvement in the massacre of 500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. Calley was the only US soldier thus convicted for this horrendous mass murder.
The doyen of US journalists, Seymour Hersh (winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for his exposure of the My Lai Massacre) has described Hugh Thompson thus: “One of the good guys … You can’t imagine what courage it took to do what he did”.
Hugh Thompson’s comment: “I just wished we could have helped more people that day.”
4 decades later, who will defend the innocent from war criminals?
Nearly 40 years later, who will defend the utterly innocent – the defenceless infants and their mothers – from mass murder, mass infanticide and passive genocide by UK-US state terrorism (democratic imperialism, democratic tyranny, democratic Nazism) in criminal wars in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan?
According to the latest UNICEF report (2005), in 2004 the under-5 infant mortality was 122,000 in Occupied Iraq, 359,000 in Occupied Afghanistan and 1,000 in the occupying country Australia (noting that in 2004 the populations of these countries were 28.1 million, 28.6 million and 19.9 million, respectively) (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html).
About 1,300 under-5 year old infants will have died in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan on Christmas Day alone and 0.5 million will die in the coming year due to non-provision by the US-led Coalition of life-preserving requisites demanded by the Geneva Conventions (http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm).
Of course it is not only infants who die as a result of war, occupation and PC racist passive genocide. The post-invasion avoidable mortality (excess mortality) in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories now totals about 0.3, 0.5 and 1.6 million, respectively, while the corresponding post-invasion under-5 infant mortality now totals 0.2, 0.3 and 1.4 million, respectively (see Senate Inquiry submission #112: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/
legcon_ctte/terrorism/index.htm). Most of these deaths were non-violent – thus Iraq Body Count (see: http://www.iraqbodycount.org/) currently estimates that 27,000-31,000 Iraqis have been killed violently post-invasion (out of an estimated total of 0.5 million post-invasion avoidable deaths). However, as set out explicitly in the Geneva Conventions, the Ruler is responsible for the Ruled – and whether an infant is killed violently by bombs or bullets or dies non-violently through deprivation, the end result is the same and the culpability the same.
PC racist (politically correct racist) mainstream media will simply NOT report this horrendous, ongoing mass murder, mass infanticide and passive genocide in the name of UK-US “democratic imperialism” (actually democratic Nazism, democratic tyranny and UK-US state terrorism). The PC racism of white Australian and Anglo-American mainstream media and politicians supports UK-US state terrorism through total denial of racism and comprehensive ignoring of horrendous UK-US Coalition war crimes.
We are obliged to inform everyone about abuses of humanity. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. A detailed, formal complaint has been sent to the International Criminal Court charging the Coalition with war crimes in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan (for the full text see Countercurrents, 21 December 2005: http://www.countercurrents.org/us-polya211205.htm).
We should all follow the shining example of courageous humanitarians such as American hero Hugh Thompson and RESOLUTELY INFORM EVERYONE about ALL abuses of humanity.