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Destroying Susiya Village to Save It


Israeli ethnic cleansing.

by Stephen Lendman

On February 7, 1968, AP correspondent Peter Arnett contributed one of the Vietnam War's most memorable quotes.

Writing about Ben Tre, he cited an unnamed US major saying: "It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."

He referred to intensive bombing and shelling regardless of civilian casualties. Many deaths resulted.

In mid-March, Charlie Company soldiers entered My Lai. Destroying the village to save it repeated. Hundreds were slaughtered. 

Most were women, children, infants, and elderly victims. Bodies were found mutilated. Women were raped, then murdered. William Calley alone was convicted. He got off easy with three and half years under house arrest.

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