Trayvon Martin was killed last month for the same reason Eugene Williams died 93 years ago in Chicago. A white man decided Williams was where a black man shouldn't be " so he killed him. The white man was tried for Williams' death and acquitted. Trayvon Martin died because The United States of America is still " one evil son of a bitchin' country to live in if you're not white.
And, 9,000 miles from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the American War Atrocities Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The museum comprises a series of eight themed rooms in several buildings. Exhibits include graphic photographs covering the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliant sprays, the use of napalm and phosphorus bombs, and atrocities such as the My Lai massacre.
Civilian casualties of the Vietnam War were 2,000,000 in the north, and 2,000,000 in the south. Vietnamese military casualties were 1.1 million killed, 600,000 wounded, and 300,000 missing in action. According to the CIA's own figures, the illegal invasion and bombing of Cambodia took another 600,000 lives.
As Nick Turse wrote in his forthcoming book about the history of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam, Kill Anything That Moves...
"No one will ever know how many U.S.-perpetrated massacres took place in Vietnam. Nor how many hamlets were decimated by bombings. Nor the number of villages laid to waste by artillery strikes. Nor will there ever be an accurate count of the people psychologically injured, maimed or killed."Here is just one horrific footnote in a hidden history of the Vietnam War. Eighteen U.S. soldiers from the elite, volunteer, 45-man "Tiger Force" unit of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division committed war crimes ranging from torture, rape, mutilating bodies, and murdering over 100 unarmed civilians. Not one of the soldiers, even of those still on active duty at the time of the Army's investigation, was ever court martialed in connection with the heinous crimes. Moreover, six suspected war criminals were allowed to resign from military service during the criminal investigations specifically to avoid prosecution.
The Nazis and the German people were held accountable for their war crimes at the end of the war but there were no Nuremberg-type trials at the end of the war in Vietnam. We did not prosecute the monsters who made war on the people of Vietnam " so they were free to take us into Iraq.
The United States has taken a pass on being held accountable for anything it has done for the last 236 years. How many treaties did the United States Government break with American Indians?
Every. Single. One.
The World's Longest Holocaust In The History Of Mankind took place in this country. Holocaust expert David Cesarani stated that, "in terms of the sheer numbers killed, the Native American Genocide exceeds that of the Holocaust."
There is No Accountability in the American Empire.
We just saw, Right Before Our Very Eyes, the Bush/Cheney Regime lie The United States into war against Iraq where 1.2 million Iraqis, and 4,486 Americans have been killed to date. The suggestion that the Bush/Cheney Regime should be held accountable and prosecuted for these murders has been dismissed by the Attorney General, United States Attorneys, and every relevant district attorney in the country.
The political system regularly serves up a choice of two slightly different flavors of capitalists. Each candidate is dedicated to moving the fascistic agenda forward and is in complete agreement that any real accountability is to be avoided at all costs.
Without accountability there can be no justice. It's as simple as that. It doesn't make any difference who we vote for. It doesn't matter if we are progressives, conservatives, or commies. If there is no accountability built into the system " tweaking this or adjusting that is completely useless.