My Lai

Law, Politics

Anyone hopeful that justice will be served in the Abu Ghraib investigation might wish to take a look back at the My Lai prosecutions:

In the end, Charlie company’s commanding officer, Lt Calley, was the only one to be convicted. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Within three days he was out of prison, pending appeal, on the personal instructions of President Richard Nixon.

500 civilians, many women and children, murdered and no one went to jail for it….

There is an excellent history of My Lai here, and also more from the BBC here.