The Nation: Malaise and My Lai

Two-thirds of Americans think most of their fellow citizens, if ordered, would "shoot all the inhabitants of a Vietnamese village suspected of aiding the enemy, including old men, women and children." Such was the finding of a poll commissioned by two Harvard scholars. Unsurprisingly, then, by a ratio of better than 5 to 3, the 989 Americans interviewed thought that Lieut. William Calley Jr. should not have been brought to trial for his part in the massacre at My Lai.

That is dismaying enough in the face of the evidence presented at Galley's court-martial. What is still more worrisome, though, is...

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