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My Lai every day

From Wikipedia: The My Lai Massacre (Vietnamese: th?m sát M? Lai [t????m ????t m?? l??j]; English pronunciation: /?mi??la?/ ( listen), also /?mi??le?, ?ma??la?/,[1] Vietnamese: [m??l??j]) was the mass murder of 347–504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968, conducted by “Charlie” company, 1st battalion, 20th infantry, 11th infantry brigade, of the Americal Division, United States Army. All of the victims were civilians and most were women, children (including babies), and elderly people. Many of the victims were raped, beaten, tortured, and some of the bodies were found mutilated.[2]
The massacre took place in the hamlets of M? Lai and My Khe of S?n M? village during the Vietnam War.[3][4] While 26 US soldiers were initially charged with criminal offenses for their actions at M? Lai, only 2nd Lt. William Calley, a platoon leader in charlie company, was convicted of killing 22 villagers. Originally given a life sentence, he served three and a half years under house arrest.
When the incident became public knowledge in 1969, it prompted widespread outrage around the world. The massacre also increased domestic opposition to the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Three US servicemen who made an effort to halt the massacre and protect the wounded were later denounced by US Congressmen. They received hate mail, death threats and found mutilated animals on their doorsteps.[5] It would take 30 years before they were honored for their efforts.[6]
The massacre is also known as the ‘S?n M? Massacre’ (Vietnamese: th?m sát S?n M?) or sometimes as the ‘Song M? Massacre.'[7] The US military codeword for the hamlet was Pinkville.[8]”

 
If you only type in My Lai into google search, you’ll also get a bunch of right-wing horse-shit like “Lt Calley was framed” and the chorus that any VietNamese killed in the war were Unlawful Combatants. I used to hear that crap all the time because I lived very near Ft Bliss. I don’t speak much Annamese, the official language of both VietNams, More people spoke French than Annamese anyway. The one word I recognized in that whole descriptor was “sát” which means “kill”.

VietNam is one of the Disunited Nations hacked together to please the European and American and Australian colonialists who claim hegemony over Asia. The non-Annamese tribal people are described by the French term “montagnard” which literally means hillbilly. Much like the terms “pagan” and “heathen” are a Greek and a Gaelic word meaning “somebody who lives so far out in the tall weeds that he’s beyond the bounds of civilization”

The old French word for that is “peasant” and most of the latin languages use the word “paisano”, literally somebody who is property of the aristocracy and bought or inherited or conquered along with the land and animals, domesticated or wild.

The Scots have an ongoing war between the gamekeepers and the poachers, poachers meaning anybody who isn’t the landlord who kills a wild animal bird or fish. All the fish in the streams, etc… belong to the English appointed nobility.

Every tree in the National Forest here belongs to the Timber Companies and if you’re hiking in the National Forest and cross a timber company road you’re “trespassing” on Public Land.

Every drop of oil or scrap of coal belongs to the business partners of the Timber Industry, not just in America but, obviously, in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, the Everglades National Park and here locally in the National Forests and the watersheds which supply the entire western two-thirds of America. They’re even making it a campaign issue and according to some of the (many of) George Bush’s executive orders define anybody who opposes them as Terrorists. So does even the most lenient reading of the USA PATRIOT Act.

They get to poison us and we’re not supposed to object.

That’s the way it was handled in VietNam as well.

And now, Iraq, Afghanistan, the “rebel” occupied regions of Libya, Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador… and if the War Pigs division of Corporate America have their way, Cuba and Venezuela will be brought to heel like the Trained Puppy-Dogs who “run” the other Banana Republics… including the state of Colorado… for their Corporate Masters.

The hate-speech against the soldiers who testified and brought the My Lai massacre to light received death threats for years, much the same way the “patriots” give anonymous death threats to those of us who object publicly to their ongoing Terror Campaign in favor of the Corporate Rulers.

Next Sunday they’ll be celebrating a frenzy of hatred against Muslims, Blacks, Hispanics, anybody who “doesn’t fit in” with their picture of “The Real America” as their Spokes-Morons like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and the not a real Joe and not a real Plumber Sam Wurzlbach describe us.

Hatred which somehow justifies bombing the living dogshit out of any country on earth who opposes their Hegemony, who withhold ownership of so much as a gallon of Oil from their Greedy Bloodstained hands.

And somehow justifies killing more Americans every month than the number who died on 9/11 just by steady denial of Health Care.

Actually if they discount the Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Taoists, Citizens With Funny Names, Foreign Workers, Atheists, Pagans and Non-People Christians-who-attend-different-churches than the Palinite Terror Regime do, oh, and foreign workers (many of them undocumented and thus they don’t count in the Memorial Crusade Hate-Feasts scheduled for next Sunday and Monday) who died at the Tower Tumbling Down Incident… discounting them would bring the ratio of people who die every month /over/ people who died on 9/11 up to 2/1 or maybe even 3/1. Add in the number of people in foreign lands which didn’t have a single fucking thing to do with 9/11 who die every month and you start to get a 9/11 or at least a My Lai every day.

The Army made a few fundamental changes after My Lai, not saying they don’t still commit massacres, just that they limit the number of witnesses so that they don’t get reported.

Atomic’s one handed coders rebrand Fallujah game as Six Hours in My Lai

virtual rapeNMT has obtained screenshots from Atomic Games ‘Six Days in Fallujah,’ traded p2p and remarketed as Six Hours in My Lai. There was no budget to modify the OIF coalition uniforms to resemble the Vietnam GIs, but who’s looking at the clothing? Nostalgic vets will find the rape reenactments unremarkably familar. In reality the mayhem of My Lai and My Khe lasted 28 hours, not six, but industry research indicates that cyber ejaculators rarely have more than a six hour window before a landlady looks in on them.

Gaming studies remain inconclusive about whether virtual sex stimulation augments with cumulative scorekeeping. It will require a scientific leap before computer health levels can fortify a real-world refractory period. Otherwise virtual serial binges cannot build on themselves like the longer pyramid games of Civilization or World Of Warcraft.

okinawa schoolgirl rapeJapanese game publisher Konami, forced by civilian outcry to drop a distribution deal for Atomic’s Fallujah first person shooter, is pleased that the salient gangbang modules will find their way to end-user Marine Corps wannabes. Konami already has a bestselling Raper II title, an Okinawa schoolgirl adventure for American servicemen. Konami’s own one-handed programmers are set to adapt the Atomic code for the Japanese market. The human trafficking of Iraqi orphans into US contractor Army brothels becomes Korean Comfort Women; US combat depravity becomes The Rape of Nanking.

Deprived of being able to cash in on the Fallujah atrocity allure, Atomic Games is looking for sympathy from the Support the Troops crowd. Atomic laid off the soldiers on its staff, issuing this statement:

“We wish to assure the dozens of Marine veterans who have collectively invested hundreds of hours in this project that, while we have been badly wounded, we will fight on. The stories of your brothers’ courage and sacrifice in Fallujah must be shared with the world.”

By historical accounts, are they referring to the virtual sequences between the levels of action which act like silent movie inter-titles to link the running and jumping to a bigger story? Where the plot points are inviolate can be the only teaching moments in an otherwise chose-your-adventure killing spree. Where will there be opportunity for gamers to show courage and sacrifice with only a menu of rape and murder?

Let’s be clear. The Fallujah video game was not about soldiering. It did not mean to replicate the experience of 99.9% of the American soldiers who served in the battle for Fallujah. A first person shooter is not about following orders, falling in, or self-sacrifice. An FPS is about four wheeling a personal path of personal destruction. Atomic’s Six Days in Fallujah was a spring break for Grand Theft Auto sex tourists.

NMT is equally concerned about the lost Fallujah stories which may have been the narrative of the gameplay. The world should hear of the turning back all male refugees, of the White Phosphorous and sniper Free Fire Zones. The lost Fallujah action sequences no doubt exploited the armored vehicles crushing the Iraqi wounded, and the role of the helicopter gunships over the river, Red Bridge and the Fallujah hospital.

Lt. Calley finally apologizes for My Lai

antiwar poster by haeberle and brandtLt. William Calley has expressed remorse for the first time for leading the 1968 My Lai Massacre. Although he still maintains he was only following orders. Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role, but President Nixon commuted his punishment to three years of house arrest. Who should have been accountable for the 500 civilians executed in My Lai?

Six Days in Fallujah if you missed the fun

Screenshot of Six Days in Fallujah first person shooter by AtomicAs virtual-gaming distributer Konami reconsiders its release of SIX DAYS IN FALLUJAH, gaming pundits ask “Is it too early to role-play the Second Battle of Fallujah?” To non-US-vets it’s known simply as “Fallujah,” as one would denote Lidice or Srebrenica, by name alone. I don’t know, when will it be appropriate to satiate the nostalgic veteran gamer’s appetite to reenact war crime?

The obvious sarcastic question would be to ponder if White Phosphorous is among the player’s arsenal. Likewise, in “free fire zones” where US rules of engagement permitted the shooting of anything that moved, do you accumulate points for killing the civilians or running them over with your tank?

It would be interesting to see how Atomic Games, neighbor of Blackwater, reenacts the raid on the Fallujah hospital, or the strafing of refuges trying to cross the river when US forces had blocked the infamous Blue Bridge. Are key episodes actionable, or do you sit by as the game cycles through the script, where women and very young children were let to pass to safety, but men and boys were forced to back to the city to be dispatched automatically as combatants.

Is there a game version of My Lai? Perhaps the entire manslaughter safari of the Tiger Force Unit in Vietnam. My guess is there would be plenty of takers. How about the Russian destruction of Chechnya, or the assault on the Warsaw Ghetto? Why not?

Until it becomes okay to blend hypothetical roleplay with real human tragedy, gamers will have to be satisfied with fictional scenarios like Grand Theft Auto and Chainsaw Massacre. I wonder if Amazon already has preorders for customers salivating at the first chance to replay the Manson LaBianca-Tate escapades, Ted Bundy’s cross-country trek, or if they’re jonesing over Iraq, the Haditha tea party and barbecue.