Sunday, June 11, 2006
Memory - the last casualty of war
Following the suicide of three inmates at Guantanamo Bay, we learn that US Rear Admiral Harris said: "They have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us."
Have we heard similar before, from General William Westmoreland, US commander in Vietnam: “Orientals don't place the same value on human life as we do."
The quote is used in the Academy Award winning 1975 documentary “Hearts and Minds” as a voice over for film of B52s carpet bombing Vietnam, a war that left between 1 million and 2 million Vietnamese dead.