The Nation: Of Guilt and Precedent

The man who articulated an outraged world's condemnation in the war-crime trials at the end of World War II has turned the doctrine of command responsibility directly on America's former commander in Viet Nam, General William C. Westmoreland, now Army Chief of Staff. Telford Taylor, 62, who was the chief U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg, first adumbrated his theses—without naming names—in his book Nuremberg and Vietnam: an American Tragedy (TIME, Nov. 23, 1970). Last week, on Dick Cavett's TV talk show and in talks with newsmen later, he said that Westmoreland could be found guilty of Viet Nam war crimes if he...

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