#5 No Gun Ri
Subject: "No Gun Ri", 7 March 2000
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 04:14:17 PST
To The Editor:
On 16 March, I will be in Viet Nam at the site of the My Lai massacre. It will
be the 32nd Anniversary. That journey and the article "No Gun Ri
Compensation Talks Sought", 7 March 2000, reporting that American
attorneys have been hired to press damage claims of the survivors has made me
Could it be possible that the much maligned penchant for litigation on the
part of US lawyers has a chance to succeed where diplomats, statesmen and
governments have failed? If the ever burgeoning toll on civilians, be it
'collateral damage' or willfully inflicted harm, has to be compensated then we
may finally have a face-saving way out of armed conflict.
Who would have the courage to match wits with our litigation specialists. Just
a whimsical thought.
William J. Kelly Jr.
8A/G7b Thai Van Lung
TP. HCM; Viet Nam