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6/5/06: My Lai and the Psychology of War

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Reports of American troops killing 24 Iraqi civilians last November in Haditha are leading to comparisons with one of the darkest known events of the Vietnam War. In March of 1968, American soldiers went into the village of My Lai - known as a center of insurgent activity - and killed somewhere between 350 and 500 non-combatants. Doug talks to historian David L. Anderson, author of Facing My Lai and Vietnam combat veteran Manny Garcia. He's also joined by Jonathan Shay, whose book Achilles in Vietnam explores questions of ethics and character in combat.

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