Mark of Lewiston - Lt. Calley Rules - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 25.03.10 | 05:23 (IST)

    "Nobody in the chain of command seems to know what the rules of armed conflict are or at least don`t teach them to soldiers." - Mark of Lewston The commanders know the rules, the soldier didn't. The commanders know the rules are 'do anything you want, but don't get caught.' The soldier only heard 'do anything you want.' Rusty Calley was a known quantity in the Miami Springs - Hialeah area in the late 1960s. No sane goverment would have given him command of anything. But the USA was desperate for junior officers and he ended up commanding a platoon in Vietnam. He murdered innocent people. He was made an example, though his superiors got off. He was given a presidential pardon for taking a baby from it's mother's arms, throwing it to the ground, and machinegunning it. That is how governments act. They approve of what they will punish, and only punish when they are forced to sacrifice someone to protect themselves.

    from the article: 'I was stabbed in the back,' says soldier who used human shield in Gaza
    First published 15:48 24.03.10 | Last updated 16:55 24.03.10
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