What's the real civilian casualty count from the Vietnam War?12/09/08 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: new revelations about atrocities against civilians during the Vietnam War.
But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s program which featured an interview with social activist and self-described mystic Andrew Harvey. We also received some comments about the possibility that Jeb Bush will run for U.S. Senate.
The most infamous case of civilians being killed during the Vietnam War was the My Lai massacre in 1968. In the course of three hours more than 500 Vietnamese civilians were killed at the hands of U.S, troops. The soldiers had been on a "search and destroy" mission to root out communist fighters in what was fertile Viet Cong territory.
After My Lai, the U.S Army chief of staff assembled a task force to determine if similar atrocities were being committed by U.S. troops elsewhere in Southeast Asia. During the next five years, the Army amassed extensive documentation of many alleged war crimes. The Pentagon kept the project secret and the 9,000 page report lay hidden for the next 30 years.
Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Deborah Nelson; she has written a book about the investigation called The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes.
For more information, visit TheWarBehindMe.com](http://www.thewarbehindme.com).