Tuesday, February 24, 2004

War Crimes

The Covington blog notes that some of the GOP are claiming that Kerry's reports of war crimes in Vietnam are untrue. "Good Americans wouldn't act that way."

This is an excerpt from an investigation of the treatment of Bosnian men at the hands of Serbian guards. At one point, the guards might have been good, decent people but war can do awful things:

The guards were often drunk and singing as they tortured, beat, mutilated, and slaughtered prisoners, and there was a particular taste for forced fellatio, forced sex with animals, and sexual mutilation. . . One prisoner was forced to bite off the testicles of another who, as he died, had a live pigeon stuffed into his mouth to stifle his screams.

From Ed Vulliamy. "Unlawful Confinement." Roy Gutman and David Rieff, eds. Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. W.W. Norton & Company: New York, 1998.

Funny, the Serbians also claim that reports of abuse on their part are untrue.

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