On March 16, 1968, soldiers in the U.S. Army, following orders from their commanding officers, massacred 504 innocent Vietnamese civilians. The women were raped, their bodies mutilated, and their children slaughtered in front of them. And only one of the men behind the My Lai Massacre was ever punished.
War can turn people against their neighbors. When the First World War broke out across Europe, the people of the United States started to worry. They were afraid of the massive threat growing on the other side of the world – and with no way to lash out against it, a lot of them just took their fear out on the German-Americans who lived next door.
It’s not a part of our history that we like to talk about – but the face of America was completely changed by the fear and paranoia that swept across the country during the so-called Great War.
The United States has been hit by more nuclear weapons than any other nation in the world. It’s a fact we try our best not to acknowledge – but thanks to nuclear testing, we’ve attacked ourselves more than anyone else.
The numbers are staggering. Over the course of less than 50 years, the United States of America conducted at least 1,054 nuclear weapons tests. The US Army alone detonated at least 1,149 atomic devices, nearly every one of them on American soil, and 9 out of 10 of them specifically in the deserts of Nevada.
Though few in the West likely know its name, the Bengal Famine was one of the greatest massacres of World War II — and it wasn’t even caused by India’s enemies. It was brought on by British policies that put the lives of soldiers over Indian civilians and it killed an estimated 3 million people. By the time the famine was over, it killed more citizens of the British Empire than the Axis ever would.
For eight long months between September 1940 and May 1941, the people of Britain lived under a hail of bombs.
It was called the Blitz: a constant, unceasing bombardment of British cities by Nazi planes. It was Adolf Hitler and air force commander Hermann Göring’s attempt to break the British people – not just by killing soldiers, but by teaching civilians to live in terror.
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service,” an American veteran named Smedley Butler once wrote, “and during that period, I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.”
Butler had fought in the so-called Banana Wars of the early 20th century, when the American military sent their troops south into Central America to keep their business interests there intact.
There was a time when Korea was a free and united nation. Long before North Korea rose and the Korean War tore a nation apart, the people of north and south lived together in peace.