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Misrepresenting Atrocities: « Kill Anything that Moves » and the Continuing Distortions of the War in Vietnam

Turse_KillAnythingThatMoves[ndlr] Signalement d’un CR de lecture dûment argumenté et très critique de Peter Zinoman et Gary Kulik à propos de l’ouvrage choc du journaliste Nick Turse, best seller aux Etats-Unis. Le travail du journaliste engagé confronté à la pratique historienne.

Peter Zinoman, University of California, Berkeley

Gary Kulik, former editor of « American Quarterly »

Nick Turse, Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. New York: Picador, 2013. 416 pp. $30 (cloth); $17 (paper); $10 (e-book).

Article Preview: While recounting a punishing accumulation of atrocity stories, Kill Anything That Moves advances four relatively straightforward arguments. First, it asserts that this grim dimension of the Vietnam War was ignored at the time, has been neglected in the scholarship, and is today forgotten in popular memory.  Second, it claims that American atrocities were pervasive in Vietnam, perpetrated on a massive scale by every military unit, in every theater of battle, during every period of the war. Third, it contends that the proliferation of atrocities and war crimes was largely caused by command policies devised at the highest levels of the U.S. military and government. And fourth, as its subtitle indicates, it suggests that the atrocious record of the U.S. military in Vietnam reveals both the “true nature of the war” (16) and the “true history of Vietnamese civilian suffering” (262) that it left in its wake.

In addition to being untrue, these arguments point to the isolation of Turse’s approach from current trends in the historical study of military violence against civilians. For example, most recent work on military atrocities—such as John Horne and Alan Kramer’s magisterial German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial (2001)—insist that primary and secondary sources on the topic must be treated with special care since they are notoriously vulnerable to politicization and distortion. Turse’s misleading estimate of the size and significance of the existing literature on Vietnam War atrocities flies in the face of this advice. As we will show, academics, lawyers, journalists, activists, and creative artists have been agonizing over American atrocities and war crimes in Vietnam for almost fifty years…

Revisiting War Crimes During the War in Viet Nam: Nick Turse Book Reading and « Winter Soldier »

Turse_KillAnythingThatMoves[ndlr] Rare débat signalé ici sur les atrocités subies par les civils vietnamiens pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam. Un dossier brûlant soulevé par Nick Turse et Deborah Nelson il y a quelques années déjà dans le Los Angeles Times (Vietnam – The War Crimes Files) et qui a pris la forme d’un ouvrage publié en 2013. Nous remercions Mark A. Ashwill (Hanoi) pour cette information.

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Revisiting War Crimes During the War in Viet Nam: Nick Turse Book Reading and « Winter Soldier » screening, January 29, 2014 – at Johnson Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.

Nick Turse, author of the controversial and acclaimed book, Kill Anything That Moves (2013) speaks about US war crimes during the war in Viet Nam, in conjunction with a rare showing of the 1972 documentary « Winter Soldier », and followed by a panel discussion of Vietnam War experts Bill Turley and Mike Dedrick with Nick Turse.  Moderated by Judith Henchy.

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, the UW Center for Human Rights, the University Bookstore, and the Seattle chapter of Veterans For Peace.

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About the book

Ref. Turse, Nick, Kill anything that moves. The real American war in Vietnam, New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., ©2013.

Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians

The American Empire Project
Winner of the Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction.

Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few “bad apples.” But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to “kill anything that moves.”

Drawing on more than a decade of research into secret Pentagon archives and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time the workings of a military machine that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded—what one soldier called “a My Lai a month.” Devastating and definitive, Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.

Source : MacMillan