Rules of engagement

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Apr 27 07:29:10 MDT 2001

The New York Times, April 26, 2001, Thursday, Late Edition - Final

Ex-Senator Kerrey Says Raid He Led in '69 Killed Civilians


Bob Kerrey, a former United States senator who won the Medal of Honor for
his military service in Vietnam, has acknowledged that a combat mission he
led there three decades ago caused the deaths of 13 to 20 unarmed
civilians, most of them women and children. . .

The incident, he said, illustrated why the military needed to provide
training not only in how to kill, but also how to cope with killing. "When
contemplating war we must abandon euphemism and answer the question: does
the cause justify sending young men out to kill other human beings?" he
said in the speech.

When he finished speaking, Mr. Kerrey received a standing ovation. Men his
age, he said, came up to him to describe similar experiences.

He also said that while attending a conference last weekend at the United
States Military Academy at West Point, he had discussed the incident at
Thanh Phong with Gary Solis, who is a war crimes expert who teaches the
rules of war at the academy.

"It's the first time I had read the rules of war," Mr. Kerrey said. "I
certainly wasn't trained in them."


NY Times, April 27, 2001

Police Dept. Rejects Punishment for Officers in Diallo Shooting


Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik has decided not to discipline the four
officers who killed Amadou Diallo in a hail of gunfire in the Bronx two
years ago, but will order them to undergo retraining in tactics,
high-ranking police officials said last night.

These officials said Mr. Kerik would announce as early as today that he had
accepted recommendations by two departmental investigating panels that
found that the officers, despite their barrage at an unarmed man, had not
violated police guidelines because they believed that Mr. Diallo had a gun
and that their lives were in imminent danger.

Louis Proyect
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