It didn’t start with Haditha

U.S. policy was to shoot Korean refugees

More than a half-century after hostilities ended in Korea, a document from the war’s chaotic early days has come to light — a letter from the U.S. ambassador to Seoul, informing the State Department that American soldiers would shoot refugees approaching their lines.

The letter — dated the day of the Army’s mass killing of South Korean refugees at No Gun Ri in 1950 — is the strongest indication yet that such a policy existed for all U.S. forces in Korea, and the first evidence that that policy was known to upper ranks of the U.S. government.

Thus, the policy was to shoot unarmed civilians, which makes it a war crime.

Link via DJ Mitchell, who says:

I don’t know which is worse– that it was policy in Korea for the U.S. Army to shoot refugees, or that the Pentagon (in a 2001 report) covered it up.
I seem to have lost my country.  Has anyone seen it?

Well, if it wasn’t here in 1950, then it’s been lost for a long time, hasn’t it?

  • Surprise, surprise “our” troops killing innocent civilians in the 1950’s. When will we wake up, troops kill civilians and have done in every war since Roman times and before. “Our” troops “their” troops, that is the nature of war and the quicker we grasp that we are no different on the battle front than other troops the quicker we will realise that it is war that we have to stop and not try turning armies into rule following gentlemen and pointing the finger, it isn’t possible. War brutalises the human, war is seldom a matter of self defence, it is the states method of furthering corporate imperialism. What we have is armies of working class people being shipped across the globe to slaughter working class people, all to the benefit of the corporate world.

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