Sins of the Past Inquiry: Military Necessity?
The excuses for our guilty past "Military Necessity" and yet we condemn others while wondering "why do they hate us so?"!!
FILE - In this July 10, 1950 file photo, South Korean refugees are shown fleeing Taejon, South Korea, ahead of advancing North Korean troops early in the Korean War. In a political about-face, a South Korean commission investigating a century of human rights abuses, including the U.S. military's large-scale killing of Korean War refugees, has ruled the Americans in case after case acted out of military necessity. In a small number of cases, in which hundreds of innocent civilians were killed, a commission majority found "low levels of unlawfulness" by the U.S. military, but did not recommend seeking compensation. (AP Photo/File) (AP)
July 10, 2010 In a political about-face, a South Korean commission investigating a century of human rights abuses has ruled that the U.S. military's large-scale killing of refugees during the Korean War, in case after case, arose out of military necessity.
Shutting down the inquiry into South Korea's hidden history, the commission also will leave unexplored scores of suspected mass graves believed to hold remains of tens of thousands of South Korean political detainees summarily executed by their own government early in the 1950-53 war, sometimes as U.S. officers watched.
The four-year-old Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Korea probed more deeply than any previous inquiry into the country's bloody past. But a shift to conservative national leadership changed the panel's political makeup this year and dampened its investigative zeal. Continued