Wednesday, August 25, 2004

War crimes?

One of the key charges against John Kerry by Bush's Swift Boat allies is that Kerry has accused Vietnam vets of being war criminals and rapists since he has testified about and spoken out against the atrocities of that war, with some implying that such things are not to be mentioned in public. Or, worse, that such crimes never really happened.

As David MacMichael stresses in a response to a particular Washington Post article on the war crimes brouhaha, this is patently absurd and the press corps would do well by pointing out that atrocities were far from uncommon in Vietnam, something that seems to be getting lost in this pseudo-debate about what happened 30+ years ago.