Mai Lai Was a No-No, but Hiroshima and Nagasaki Were a Yes-Yes?

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While educating myself as to who Butler was referring to when he mentioned military hero Hugh Thompson (who ended the Mai Lai massacre), I noticed this entry in the Wikipedia link:

Thompson: What’s going on here, Lieutenant?
Calley: This is my business.
Thompson: What is this? Who are these people?
Calley: Just following orders.
Thompson: Orders? Whose orders?
Calley: Just following…
Thompson: But, these are human beings, unarmed civilians, sir. [bold mine]
Calley: Look Thompson, this is my show. I’m in charge here. It ain’t your concern.
Thompson: Yeah, great job.
Calley: You better get back in that chopper and mind your own business.
Thompson: You ain’t heard the last of this!

“Unarmed civilians”? What was Thompson’s problem with this? Didn’t Thompson know that Mass Murderer Harry Truman set a precedent for murdering unarmed civilians when he ordered the annihilation of the unarmed civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? (And let’s not forget that Truman was following Mass Murderer Roosevelt’s precedent when Roosevelt presided over the firebombing of Tokyo and Dresden.) Didn’t Thompson know that “All’s fair in love and war”?

Why do Americans look back with shame at the Mai-Lai massacre, but are accepting of the Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, and Dresden massacres? Oh, I forgot: It’s our government public school indoctrination education.

12:21 pm on December 24, 2012
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