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My Lai

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large_938978_14286809104294.jpgToday was another beautiful day. The weather was improving a lot, so that was nice. We had enough clouds and rain. Today we would visit the museum of My Lai and remains of what happened there.

Very short, the US couldn't beat the Vietcong. One day there was intel that said some of them were hiding in My Lai. So the military went there. There were no Vietcong, just women, children, and old men too old to fight. They got the order to shoot, and they killed everyone. The put people in a ditch, and shot them. They killed everything that moved, and did a lot of other horrible things. Between 300 and 500 innocent unarmed people were killed that day with the excuse that every dead Vietnamese person was a dead Vietcong member.

We visited a museum with pictures, weaponry and other things that have been found at My Lai.large_938978_14286809191555.jpg We also saw a documentary about My Lai. Vietnamese people who survived the massacre told what happened from their point of view, and a helicopter pilot (mr. Thompson) who was flying above at the time, told his story, what he saw. He also was the one who saved aa much survivors as he could. Years later he returned to the place where it all happened to meet the people he saved. Unfortunately he never met them.

Outside there were a few statues and a big mosaic piece. The remains of a few burnt down houses and one house which was rebuild to show what it looked like. And quite a few trees and flowers.

At the Neurenberg-trial (WW II) it was decided that the following of orders wasn't an excuse for massmurder and people were found guilty and sentenced.large_938978_14286809262569.jpg This time however the americans did use it as an excuse.So the result was nobody was punished, they were all found not guilty. One officer got a few years of house-arrest, but was set free after that. What happened there is one of the saddest moments ever. Luckily the public opinion changed a bit about this, but still the way they reacted back then was just so incredibly wrong, judging others by using an argument, and using it the opposite way to defend yourself...To hear that was pretty unbelievable. It was impressive to see, a bit depressing to hear. Actually i was glad we left.

The rest of the day was spent with the occasional photo and toiletstops on our way to Quy Nhon. We had a great hotel there near the beach, so we could go for a walk after dinner. Tomorrow we would continue to Nha Trang.


Posted by Astreia 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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