Compound questions coupled with rambling, unfocused answers that often were not pursued provided little trial ammunition. A unique situation arose in which most Americans supported the cause but opposed the leaders, methods, and culture of protest.
A group of around 80 civilians were first killed by the 1st Platoon, led by Second Lieutenant William Calley, who also participated, in the center of the village. An unusually articulate letter triggered an investigation by a former soldier, Ron Ridenhour, to various governmental officials.
For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent. The Dove was a liberal and a critic of the war. Eventually, the Department of Justice declined to pursue prosecution.
Yet, reconstructing a battlefield incident some two years after the fact was extremely difficult. Is it fair to hold a soldier accountable for executing the orders of his superiors, especially in a life-threatening combat environment?
The entire chain of command must know, understand and enforce these rules, which are both general in nature and conflict specific. According to troops who either witnessed or took part in the massacre, orders had been given "to destroy My Lai and everything in it.
Death, previously distant, was now close at hand. The fact-finding process itself must be affected. This constitutional issue was resolved by the Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc, deciding eight to five that the clear error of non-release of this material was, in fact, harmless.
The movement continued to prosper over the span of the conflict. Before My Lai, no one would have thought it necessary to formally teach the youth of American not to kill innocent women, children and babies.
In Marcha national organization of draft resisters was formed; the Resistance would subsequently hold several national draft card turn-ins. With the start of World War IIpacifist and anti-war sentiment declined in nations affected by war. The students, as with other groups of the Old and New Left, actively supported Lyndon Johnson in his campaign against Barry Goldwater.
Elsewhere, other atrocities continued in chains. Many statements released about the military situation in Vietnam were simply untrue, including the possibility that even the bombing of American naval boats in the Gulf of Tonkin might never have happened.
Others disliked the war because it diverted funds and attention away from problems in the U. In June, 10, students wrote, suggesting the secretary develop a program of alternative service for those who opposed violence. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessionsMy Lai Massacre How Important was the My Lai Massacre in Generating Support for the Peace Protest Movement?
The Peace Protest Movement was a time in the Vietnam war when people disagreed with it. How Important was the My Lai Massacre in Generating Support for the Peace Protest Movement?
Uploaded by loOpz on Mar 16, The Peace Protest Movement was a time in the Vietnam war when people disagreed with it. US History STUDY. PLAY. What was the primary focus of the protest movement of the 's.
to demand U. S. withdrawal from Vietnam. Tensions between students who oppsoed the was and National Guardsmen resulted in four deaths at. The officer in charge of the My Lai massacre was.
William Calley. Opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War began with demonstrations in against the escalating role of the U.S. military in the Vietnam War and grew into a broad social movement over the ensuing several years.
- How Important was the My Lai Massacre in Generating Support for the Peace Protest Movement. The Peace Protest Movement was a time in the Vietnam war when people disagreed with it. This was because of a number of things. My Lai Massacre was the mass murder of as many as unarmed civilians, in which most of them were women, children, infants, and elderly people, in My Lai, South Vietnam on March 16, during the Vietnam War.
The massacre was committed by U.S army soldiers of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, America Division.Download