I received this horrendous New York Times story from Michael Munk in Portland, Oregon. I would like to share it with you.
I hope you will view each photo and slide very closely; please note where it says there is a slide show. Click on each photo to enlarge it.
Please, please share this story with everyone you know. The crimes of U.S. imperialism committed against humanity must become known in every household in America.
I am sure there are such mass graves on every continent where U.$. "dollar diplomacy" has laid its dirty blood-drenched fingers to.
I am wondering why it has taken so long for this important story to break? These are among the most horrendous crimes against humanity; carried out at the instructions of our government, our military, and our secret international police agencies. Just look at the photographs; pictures of American soldiers actively participating in these gross atrocities against their fellow human beings. These victims of imperialism just several years before had been our best, most reliable, and bravest allies in defeating Japanese imperialism during World War II; all of which the New York Times remains disgustingly and shamefully silent in this story.
In this story from the New York Times is the implicit support for the barbaric foreign policy of U.S. imperialism in that the New York Times tries to distinguish between the victims as to who were communists and who were not. I find this to be morally repulsive to the point of vomiting.
Simply because people decide to study the scientific teachings of Marxism-Leninism in order to free themselves from capitalist rule and exploitation it seems the New York Times finds such monstrous, inhumane, barbaric human carnage carried out under a flying U.S. flag in another country to be acceptable.
A number of years ago the Wall Street Journal boasted that the police and armies under the leadership of the U.S. military in Central and South America had killed over fifteen million people who had been identified as "communists."
As a woman, as a mother, almost shameful of admitting I am an American except I know most people are as repulsed as I am in hearing of such "news." I have to add my voice in condemning these atrocities which are "made in the U.S.A." by those waving the American flag.
It is no wonder that the once famous American general, Smedley Butler, after announcing that he had been nothing more than a gangster for American companies was ostracized by the ruling class he had served so diligently.
No doubt Iraq's Communists are in for a similar treatment as these people in these photos and slides from South Korea show once the United States is done using them as a cover to create a picture of a developing democracy.
Again, in the New York Times story this mouthpiece for U.S. imperialism which had reporters all over Korea during the Korean War and knew that this was going on at the time never published one single word of these crimes against humanity as the NYT tried to whip our Nation into an anti-communist frenzy which served to silence the voices for peace and humanity in our own country, most notably the voices of members of the Communist Party USA.
Now the New York Times portrays events of the period as a "plague on both sides." When will these apologists for the barbaric atrocities committed by U.$ imperialism ever acknowledge their own responsibility in all of this. The New York Times, being the mouthpiece for U.S. imperialism in every war has always responded in the same way; first it supports the war, then as public sentiment grows in opposition it "questions" the war, and then it puts forward this crap about "we are against the war but we need to support our troops- we can't abandon them in the middle of their mission." Isn't this nice; we will have to wait another fifty years for the New York Times to publish the atrocities being committed by U.S. troops in Iraq today.
To me this is all very sad.
I find it very strange that Sam Webb and the Peoples Weekly World have remained silent concerning these atrocities uncovered in South Korea. It kind of makes me wonder where Webb's paycheck is coming from... perhaps FBI headquarters.
I also find it very strange that the atrocities being committed by the United States in Iraq are not front page news in every single edition of the PWW published. I am sure this has something to do with Sam Webb the perverted creep getting his paycheck from FBI headquarters, too; remember Jay Lovestone?
So far this letter has not published. Mike
December 3, 2007
To the Editor of the New York Times:
A photo attached to “Unearthing War’s Horrors Years Later in South Korea” (December 2) shows prisoners about to be shot and thrown into a pit in Taejon, in July 1950. The Times also ran an AP report about this massacre on January 7, 2000. In neither article did the Times report that American officers stood idly by taking photos of this atrocity, or that later the Joint Chiefs of Staff chose to suppress these photos, never to be revealed until an independent researcher, Do-Young Lee, got them declassified in 1999. Furthermore the Pentagon’s official history by Roy E. Appleman, South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu, blamed this massacre (in which upwards of 4,000 people were slaughtered) entirely on the North Koreans, in spite of clear internal evidence to the contrary.
What happened in Taejon was not simply a merciless slaughter of political prisoners, but also the murder of people rounded up during the American Occupation (1945-48) for protesting against the conditions that Americans fostered or created. The police who carried out the Taejon massacre were part of a draconian agency built up under Japanese colonialism that the U.S. reemployed wholesale, leading to massive rebellions that got started in Taegu in 1946—where police also mowed down civilians. It would be good if our government developed the same concern for truth and its own responsibility that the Korean government has shown in unearthing these tragedies.