I have no doubt, American soldiers covered themselves with glory in American history. From the Revolutionary War to the present operations in the Middle East, countless stories of individual heroism of American soldiers are uplifting and inspiring. But Americans have not always conducted himself honorably on the battlefield. Civilians, racist atrocities against corruption at the highest level of genocide and the US military that a way to a US military were imposed on the American people by the enemy will be shameful and dishonorable condemned I have been perpetrated. Americans have always held to the same standards that they have not themselves frequently demanded from other countries.
General William T. Sherman famously said “the hell.” Non-romanticized view of Sherman battle and fight troops wantonly these kind of rationalization that allowed Americans to destroy their property and a way to kill fellow soldiers probably did not need. Each Audie Murphy and Nathan Hale, American William Calley had to deal with the legacy of Henry Wirz.
War is hell, and the Americans, was involved in at times, guilty of war crimes and despicable behavior is shocking and disappointing. It is not certain, it occasionally has forced Americans to confront the reality of a double standard.
1. In 2007 Iraqi Helicopter Attack, US Army Airmen Kill Unarmed Journalists While Laughing
American is currently decrying alleged attempts by the Russian government by Wikileaks to influence the US presidential election, not 2007 are civilians shooting down US helicopter gunships 2010 hesitant to advertise on Wikileaks Video Hunting, in Baghdad were on the road, which of the two Reuters journalists. When Reuters asked the US government for the incident footage under the Freedom of Information Act, the US refused to release the material.
Then the tape WikiLeaks secret now believed to be detained by the US military Chelsea Manning. Tape, can be heard claiming that the two helicopters staff agreed with the armed group of men in civilian clothes standing on a street rebels. Some of the men were armed, cameras can clearly see the behavior of the Iraqis and that they should have indicated that fighters were not.
Instead of firing, three separate groups with separate gun attacks. The first attack seven people, including Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, were killed. Laughs a gunner on the tape and says “Hahaha, I hit them.” Another picture, “Oh, yeah, look at those dead bastards.” One of the wounded, another Reuters journalist, Saeed Chmagh, is dragged into a passing van, helicopter attacked a machine gun. “They see through the windshield,” the airmen and crew members while she chuckles.
Chmagh and van driver killed, two were injured driver sitting in the front seat. A third attack, launched rockets at a nearby building, killing seven non-combatant residents. The US military claimed it killed people before they were insurgents and then the attacks were in response to an ongoing war, claimed to refute the claims as defined by the WikiLeaks video.
US Army finally, during the raid participants were armed waived victims, that they can easily insurgents can ignore the error, the fact that the militant group and cameras casual nature clearly indicated he also claims that may be involved in journalism and gunmen provide adequate security. In 2013, Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years.
2. The Ongoing Legacy Of American Military Violent Crime on Okinawa
May 19, 2016, on the Japanese island of Okinawa, a former US Marine Kenneth Shinzato brutal rape and was arrested a 20-year-old Japanese woman’s murder. A US Navy sailor March rape arrest and a US Navy Petty in a DUI officer, six drug legal limit to drive, just weeks after his involvement in the wounding of Okinawa residents in a multi-car auto accident was. Okinawa We are again calling for military bases closings and even Japanese government has expressed deep concern about the possibility of a longterm US military presence.
Shinzato incident is the latest violent crime to a boiling point of the island. The involvement of US troops in Okinawa, the most high-profile crimes was a 1995 naval sailors and Marines convicted and sentenced long Japanese rape of a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced by. It has been committed by members of the military, including the estimated 500 crimes, 120 1972. Rape has maintained a military presence in Okinawa after his capture in Afghanistan in 1945. Japanese island Authority since returning.
3. Sherman’s March To The Sea
War of the Hell faced after Sherman’s most famous quote is true of all human beings start of the attack. What Sherman made his famous “Sea Mar,” essentially a path of destruction across the state of South Carolina in the state of Georgia and in the end, pillage of their wishes and possible official approval it was to destroy as much as I did. “Liberally to pasture” and destroy any animals that can not be transferred or property made clear its intention to special order. They can blink of an almost general structure as the entering homes without an order or written warning against burning. Many houses have been destroyed and burned identity passed through the land, the city of Atlanta Union. A woman described “Bummers” Sherman as he set the property:
“I smoke house, my dairy, pantry, kitchen and cellar, come hungry wolves, break locks and whatever is in their way. My smoke is gone thousand pounds a twinkling of food at home, my dough, my flesh, my lard, butter, eggs, pickles varieties – both vinegar and salt water – alcohol, jars and jugs are all gone. My eighteen fat turkeys, my hens, chickens and birds , appealed to young riders, shot down in my yard and are hunted as if the rebels. Utterly powerless and lost guard.
“I can not help you, ma’am, it’s orders. …
As night drew her sable curtain around us, the sky was lit up with flames from burning buildings from every point. … Saved from the fire, which my heavenly Father alone destroyed. ”
Sherman expressed regret to the campaign. The Chief of Staff of the Union at the end of the mission, wrote:
“We’re just fighting forces, but a hostile people, and old feel organize forces with the young must make rich and poor, hard hand of war. In my recent move by Georgia in this regard. know that we have had a great impact. ”
4. American Soldiers in France Were Not All Members Of “The Greatest Generation.”
June 6, 1944, US troops came ashore at Normandy beachhead, which is as storied as any in the history of American bravery in an attack. D-Day beachhead when he broke out and swept across France, the US military, the supposedly heroic liberators of congratulations deliver peace and freedom to the French population as adoring.
Unfortunately, some American soldiers actually behaved despicably moment to step on French soil. The D-Day beachheads and important mission for rapid egress immediate organization of men and material, the soldiers were told explicitly not to take prisoners. Obviously, some American soldiers did not have the courage and motivation to kill Germans arrested or killed. In his book, “D-Day: The Battle for Normandy,” the historian Anthony beevor Audouville-LA-Hubert, near the village of numerous examples of Allied paratroopers killed soldiers of atrocities, including 30 Wehrmacht, cited.
Allied and German troops, Waffen SS War in France, with an especially vicious fanatics Users can change quickly, so it should not come as much of a surprise. More shocking was the attitude of US troops from the local female population. Rape and sexual violence were angry civilians and demanded that the US military had some so large. 153 men were eventually tried for sex crimes in France, 29 in fact been executed for rape, rape, mostly black GI. French ironically noted that with the Germans, the Americans with men, had to go into hiding, the women.
5. The Korean War Atrocity At No Gun Ri Bridge
My Lai massacre in Vietnam took a month before coming to light during the war. The Korean troops will take the fifty years before any official acknowledgment of similar conduct during the war. 1950 In July, South Korea and the chaos surrounding the eruption of attacking North Korea armed conflict involving US forces, any movement of Korean otherwise orders frontline troops, civilian or prevent flooding was moved to make a difference to refugees fleeing North Korea already advance.
July 26, hundreds of such refugees from the 7th Cavalry Regiment soldiers, the defense of a railway bridge near the village of No Gun RI. No refugees, mostly women and children, who approached the American position were killed by infantry or aerial strafing. As the incident with casualties estimated as high as three hundred men, lasted three days. Korean survivors alive in 1999 and inspired by accounts from American veterans of the low level of the incident, the Associated Press published a Pulitzer Prize-winning article about the massacre reporters.
The US government announced an immediate inquiry, but this one until it was declared a “whitewash” by one of the participants of the Congress, offered a “tragic” admitted mistakes and minimal compensation . The US government by the Military Order of Korean allegations that similar incidents, hundreds especially aerial destruction of civilians, was an enthusiastic No Gun Ri I was not uncommon during the Korean War that the the resistance to accept responsibility for the killing of innocent refugees. No Gun Ri, and the time period for the issue of civilian casualties, continue to be a sensitive issue in South Korea for further investigation denial of the US.
6. Torture and Prisoner Abuse At Abu Ghraib
The widespread violence and Iraqi prisoners to abuse reports began circulating as early as mid-2003, these photos to humiliate the US military reported a 60 minutes in April 2004 and abusing prisoners included that was a poor sense of a worldwide scandal when it was not. US media the US military sleep deprivation, forced nudity, verbal and physical threats and canines that involves the use of Guantanamo Bay written by that authorized the use of techniques developed in the prison facility memos published.
Hurt, shackling of nudity and psychological torture of Iraqi prisoners in US and international media images in different states. Individual image above, Ali Shallal al-Qaisi, told that if he fell off the box he would be electrocuted. He was taken after a complaint from the local media, the US military had confiscated his property and has been used to dump the body parts and toxic military waste, he said.
His name and picture appeared in newspapers and he was arrested and interrogated asking nasty situations. His captors were involved in the resistance against the US occupation fighters involved and to give their names, said demand even if they were false. When he refused he was threatened with being sent to Guantanamo were transferred to Abu Ghraib. There he put in his hand and ankle restraints stripped naked and forced to climb a winding staircase. She was criticized when it fell through it beaten with rifle Aslan, English recording “hang the word” in Arabic loudspeakers. He suffered a six- surgery to correct a prisoner of physical trauma.
Initially, the US military and Bush atypical but finally eleven low-level soldiers and female court martial, sentenced and light to reduce sentences reduce the abuse, the longest amount of any issue with served by him, was six years in the service of less than one year or no jail time. Janis Karpinski, prison CO degraded but that he was being scapegoated by the military high-UPS was maintained publicly. No other US government officials have accepted that responsibility or poor father resigned in the scandal.
7. The Murder of Chief Crazy Horse
Even between warlords unusual punishment, Chief Crazy Horse is unique. Deeply spiritual, she refused all photographs and refused to put his signature on any paper. He was a key factor in the disaster, and Custer and the Seventh Cavalry at Little Big Horn in 1866 took part in the “red clouds of war”. Sitting Bull fled to Canada in 1877, the Crazy Horse weather continued to wander through the traditional tribal lands of the Midwest in the summer.
Winter coming up with any coherent plan for the future, to meet with General George Crazy Horse Thief September 1877. Fort Robinson, Nebraska, keep together, but once before, Crazy Horse and federal fortress now facing arrest left custody. I may not know, is a thief and federal authorities thought it to be the most dangerous leaders of the sentence and for him to be able to ignite it another coup. He was arrested by a federal fort in Florida, plans to Crazy Horse imprisonment tantamount to a death sentence.
5 September afternoon, Crazy Horse, as well as touch several other people, clouds and their seven-foot tall friend, the chief will have a conference with the thinking general, presented to him, guard Fort Robinson thief, which did not even exist. Upon entering the structure, recognized the Crazy Horse Fort bars and drew a knife in an attempt to escape quickly out of the building door. Crazy Horse, Little Big Man, a slashed him with a knife and tried to grab his arm as Crazy Horse and behind enemy, a soldier bayoneted him in the rear.
Mortally wounded, Crazy Horse Castle’s office was informed. Offered an army cot, she refused, dying quietly on the ground, his father and his hand touch the cloud. After his death, his father expressed Wounded Knee, South Dakota and around his body consciously, instead buried in a secret grave of one of the enduring mysteries of American history.
8. American Imperialism and the Philippine-American “War” of 1898
During the Spanish-American war, Filipinos were engaged in their own battle for independence from Spanish. The US government has signed an agreement with Spain, ended the conflict in 1898, the Philippine government surprised to find out that he had no intention of granting the US, instead of doing it over the Philippines as an American colony was. Not surprisingly, rivalry between the two companies soon, breaking with the Philippines declared war on the US military surprising answer any Filipino resistance with brutality, June 2, 1899.. A soldier wrote to a US senator:
“At any time, go out and bound and helpless prisoners chip, to attack them in the face, knocking him called so when required, to bear them away with his wife and children at their very doors with a multitude of those responsible for the soldiers, pitifully while shrieking, or kneeling and kissing the hands of our officials, who do not seem to them to figure out what it is pleading mercy , and then hold our helpless victim’s head from falling into a tub of water in their own courts, or hand and foot, tied the rope to the head and feet, and deep thirst for life I choked out near the lower bound, and have tasted the bitterness of death, and our poor, reduced in favor of the victims died, the poor boon of being eliminated ask us. ”
After a Filipino rebels kill five Americans near the village of Balangiga, US General James Smith was quoted in an interview in Manila Times
“I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn: the more you want that all people affected were able in the Royal and the kill and kill and burn, the better you will find me, and,,, Major Waller has a named range in response to the question as to age, ten years old. … “General Smith to kill and burn to Major Waller to give instructions and Samar (province) to a howling wilderness, and they were all killed capable of bearing arms, and wish that he had explained the most ten years accept old age of Samar boys were equally as dangerous as their elders. ”
War has officially ended in 1902, but will continue with a decade of sporadic guerrilla attacks against the United States. In a war that is virtually unknown to most Americans, 4,000 American soldiers were killed out of the 125,000 who perform services in the Philippines. Filipino estimated 34,000 dead were killed in battle and died of a war, epidemics and malnutrition estimated 250,000 to one million citizens. US 1946 was not granted independence to the Philippines independence.
9. US Army Violated International Law By Using White Phosphorus in Iraq
A Task Force Operation Thunder Fury, Fallujah by US and British forces in December 2004 launched an offensive against the stronghold of Iraqi insurgents. During the subsequent fighting Vietnam war veteran TET offensive by US troops since the more controversial military combat. Fallujah was sealed off because the main offensive, the estimated 40,000 Iraqi civilians were unable to flee. December 23 until the end of this operation, it is estimated that killed “the” rebels took as many as 2,000 and 1,500 arrested. 800 civilians were killed.
European media immediately started accusing the US military was deployed white phosphorus in combat. White phosphorus is used in shells and grenades and causes horrific burns and strong damaging attacks like napalm. It is banned by international convention against both civilian and military targets. Pentagon Since its publications criticized the use of white phosphorus and despite the announcement was not a chemical weapon against the use of illegal claimed that “the war was not legal.”
Two-thirds of the 50,000 structures in Fallujah were damaged or destroyed during a severe thunder fury. This famous white phosphorus because of its destructive capacity, the possibility was not used during this process. The British government was sued in 2010 as a result of the massive increase in birth defects in Fallujah at the international level, believed to be caused by chemical weapons deployed in Thunder Fury. Such lawsuits against US forces are blocked by the US boycott of US immunity laws and the International Criminal Court.
10. The Execution Of The “San Patricios” During The Mexican War
In 1846, the US declared war on Mexico. What has become known as the Mexican War, Mexico was attacked by a much stronger military power. A large contingent of Irish immigrants who had fled the onslaught of famine conditions in their homeland and signed as promptly recruited. The Catholic immigrants, he was subjected to hostility and offline generation in the hands of the Protestant officers. Aware of this situation, the Mexican government actively recruited deserters emphasis on a common religion, rising wages and an unfair attack.
Enough men deserted to form two companies of 100 soldiers. Commanded by John Riley, the force “San Patricios” or “was called St. Patrick.” They will fight in a convent, fortified with three different battles leading up to the climate action in Churubusco in August 1847. Artillery down hunkered, San Patricios captured by three times, Arsenal Americans understand the consequences of putting the torn white flag. He eventually surrendered after running out of ammunition and brutal hand to hand combat. 35 San Patricios were killed and 85 arrested, immediately charged with desertion in time of war prisoners.
The prisoners, including some official John Riley left before war was declared, they were branded with the letter “D” and whipping. 50 men condemned by the military court and hanged, the mass execution in US history. While a prisoner, John Riley wrote to a friend in the United States, “Mexican state Do not be deceived by a nation that is at war, Mexico for a friendly and hospitable people than there are on earth. ”
In addition to numerous plaques, statues. And stamps that were born in Mexico, thanked the San Patricios, a sculpture erected in Clifden, Ireland’s hometown of John Riley Mexican government.