Saburo Kugai is director of the Institute of American Studies in Japan and has twice visited North Vietnam. This account is based on his interviews there during late 1969.
Balang An may not sound familiar to American newspaper readers, but the fact remains that it is situated only five miles south of Chu Lai, one of the five major American footholds in Vietnam,* and 4.5 miles from Son My. In their desperate efforts to defend these five and other major footholds, the U.S. forces are carrying on what they call Accelerated Pacification Operations to establish a no-man's-land in the environs up to between 7-8 miles and 12-13 miles from the footholds. Living space is not to be left for inhabitants or their houses, nor even for animals and plants. The massacres at Son My, Balang An and Thanh Binh were all perpetrated in the course of genocidal operations carried out by U.S. forces to establish a noman's-land around the base at Chu Lai to ensure it security.
I heard the following in Hanoi from Mr. Duc Son (42 years of age), who narrowly survived the Balang An massacre. I hope that his testimony will be compared with the New York Times account of November 15, 1969.†____________________