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Mass murder, lynching and people who defend them both

Richard Nixon's commuting of mass murderer Lt. William Calley made defending war criminals and mass murderers respectable among a large segment of the conservative-minded population. In the segregation world where defending lynch-murder had been passed down from generation to generation, admiring deliberate murder when done for racial reasons was already respectable. And carpet-bombing of cities beginning in the Second World War had also legitimized the killing of civilian noncombatants in many people's minds.
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Teens May Have Murdered WWII Vet Because He Tried to Defend Himself

Politics / US Politics : Big Government (last year)

Delbert Belton, the 88-year-old World War II veteran who was savagely beaten to death last Wednesday by two teenagers, may have been murdered because he tried to defend himself and fight back while he was being robbed. Spokane polic... Read Post

William Calley Apologizes For My Lai Massacre

News : Huffington Post (5 years ago)

William Calley, the former Army lieutenant convicted on 22 counts of murder in the infamous My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, publicly apologized for the first time this week while speaking in Columbus. "There is not a day that goes by th... Read Post

Two Mass Murderers, Two Very Different Stories and Much Hypocrisy

US Politics / Liberal : AlterNet Blogs: Speakeasy (5 years ago)

William Calley and the alleged Pan Am bomber were both convicted of mass murder. Yet Calley's recent appearances have provoked no outrage. Why the double standard? ... Read Post


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