Nation: My Lai from Abroad

IN most countries friendly to the United States, the initial horror and revulsion over news of the My Lai massacre had by last week turned to more quiet dismay and introspection. Editorial and public response, while not forgiving, was philosophical. Typical was Milan's Corriere delta Sera, which sadly noted: "Every country on the old continent has a fine collection of skeletons in the cupboard."

In West Germany, the magazine Der Stern asked Nürnberg War Crimes Prosecutor Robert Kempner. a naturalized American citizen, how My Lai would have been judged. Had there been such evidence in 1945, he said, the guilty would have...

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