Crimes of War: A Legal, Political-Documentary, and Psychological Inquiry into the Responsibility of Leaders, Citizens, and Soldiers for Criminal Acts in Wars

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CONTRIBUTORS

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton is research professor of psychiatry at Yale and has written extensively on Hiroshima, nuclear weapons, and My Lai.

Dr. Gordon S. Livingston, a West Point graduate who served as a military physician in Vietnam, is now a resident in psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Edward M. Opton, Jr., and Robert Duckles are psychologists at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.

James P. Sterba has covered the Vietnam War as a correspondent for the New York Times.

Dr. Jerome D. Frank is professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has written extensively on psychological aspects of war and peace.

Dr. Peter G. Bourne is director of the Mental Health Unit of the Atlanta Southside Comprehensive Health Center, and has done first- hand investigations of army basic training in the United States and combat in Vietnam.

Father Daniel S. J. Berrigan, poet and former chaplain at Cornell University, is at the time of this writing imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury, Connecticut, on the basis of his anti-war activism.

Arthur Miller, one of America's leading playwrights, has long been concerned with issues of political repression, guilt, and conscience.

Karl Jaspers, the German philosopher and psychiatrist, devoted much of his later career to a consideration of man's relationship to ultimate forms of holocaust.

Hannah Arendt, professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research, has been long concerned with the ethical questions surrounding the Nazi experience.

Erik H. Erikson is professor emeritus of human development at Harvard and has been a pioneer in the application of psychoanalysis to history.

J. Glenn Gray is professor of philosophy at Colorado College.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., in addition to his distinction as a novelist, is one of our most astute commentators on holocaust.

Jean-Paul Sartre, the French philosopher and writer, has been, for several decades, one of the world's most influential intellectual voices.

Tadeusz Borowski, an outstanding Polish writer, was imprisoned in Auschwitz and Dachau from 1943 to 1945, and committed suicide in Warsaw in 1951.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page vii
  • Editors' Statement xi
  • Contents xiii
  • The Question of War Crimes: A Statement of Perspective 3
  • On the Avoidance of Reality 11
  • Beyond Atrocity 17
  • A Legal Framework 29
  • 1 - Standards and Norms 31
  • 2 - The Experience of World War II 73
  • 3 - Focus on Vietnam 177
  • The Political Setting: Documents 263
  • American Atrocities in Vietnam 265
  • Chemical Warfare in Vietnam 285
  • Pacification in Vietnam 291
  • A Doctor Reports from South Vietnam 309
  • Testimony of Don Luce 338
  • Testimony of Roger Hilsman, Former U.S. Official 344
  • Over Vietnam: An Eyewitness Report 345
  • Terror for Helicopters 357
  • Son My Mothers Call for Vengeance 360
  • The Tombs of Ben Suc 363
  • Repression in South Vietnam 371
  • Anti-Vietcong Cordon Disrupts Life of a Village 386
  • The Balang an Massacre 389
  • The Face of War, December, 1969 393
  • Letters to His Parents - Captain William H. Miller 395
  • Precision Bombing Not Very Precise 397
  • Saigon "Falsifying" Casualty Figures 401
  • War Crimes and the Nature of the Vietnam War 403
  • Contributors 415
  • The Psychological and Ethical Context 417
  • Victims and Executioners 419
  • Healing in Vietnam 430
  • It Didn't Happen and Besides, They Deserved It 441
  • Cover Your Ass 445
  • The Changing Climate of Atrocity 459
  • From Boot Camp to My Lai 462
  • The Gift 469
  • The Age of Abdication 473
  • German Guilt 476
  • On Responsibility for Evil 486
  • Gandhi versus the Policing Mind 502
  • On Killing 513
  • On Dying 528
  • On Genocede 534
  • A Victory 550
  • Deadly Paradoxes 555
  • Absurd Technological Death 559
  • Contributors 576
  • Recommendations for Further Reading 577
  • Index 579
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