During the second World War, there were persistent and substantiated reports of the killing of unarmed civilians or prisoners of war by US forces.
The Canicattì massacre, where at least eight Italian civilians, including an eleven year old girl, were killed, though the exact number of casualties is uncertain.
The Dachau massacre: U.S. soldiers shot and killed up to 100 German injured SS soldiers (who had no connection with the death camp) as they attempted to surrender.
The Biscari massacre, U.S. troops killed roughly 75 prisoners of war, mostly Italian.
Rheinwiesenlager prison camps for German POWs where credible sources estimate from about 3,000 to 10,000 German POWs died, mostly from starvation, dehydration and exposure to the weather elements.
Operation Teardrop: Eight of the surviving, captured crewmen from the sunk German submarine U-546 were tortured by US military personnel.
In Vietnam, US forces and their allies were accused of widespread torture of prisoners, rape of civilian women, mutilation of bodies and killing of unarmed civilians, among other acts.
The US also routinely used chemical weapons in Vietnam, namely Agent Orange and Napalm in civilian areas.
The US has also been accused of indiscriminately bombing civilians outside of a declared war situation, and targeting civilian populations. This has happened so often that a new phrase has been coined by the US military to describe it – “collateral damage”.
These include the following places;
Japan (1945) China (1945-46) Korea & China (1950-53) Guatemala (1954, 1960, 1967-69) Indonesia (1958) Cuba (1959-61) Congo (1964)
Peru (1965) Laos (1964-70) Vietnam (1961-1973) Cambodia (1969-70)
Grenada (1983) Lebanon (1983-84) Libya (1986) El Salvador (1980s)
Nicaragua (1980s) Iran (1987) Panama (1989) Iraq (1991-2000)
Kuwait (1991) Somalia (1993) Bosnia (1994-95) Sudan (1998)
Afghanistan (1998) Pakistan (1998) Yugoslavia (1999)
Bulgaria (1999) Macedonia (1999)
The US has refused to sign Conventions against the development and use of chemical and biological weapons.
Recently, the US military has been accused of using white phosphorus bombs (which burns the skin to the bone on contact) in Fallujah and possibly elsewhere in the Iraq.
Depleted uranium warheads are also regularly used by US forces in modern-day war zones. The radiation produced by depleted uranium in battle is a poison, a carcinogenic material that causes birth defects, lung disease, kidney disease, leukemia, breast cancer, lymphoma, bone cancer, and neurological disabilities.
The US has been accused of using and testing chemical or biological weapons (without informing the civilian populations) in the following places abroad;
Bahamas (late 1940s-mid-1950s) Canada (1953) China and Korea (1950-53) Korea (1967-69) Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (1961-1970)
Panama (1940s-1990s) Cuba (1962, 69, 70, 71, 81, 96).
And in the US itself;
Watertown, NY and US Virgin Islands (1950) SF Bay Area (1950, 1957-67) Minneapolis (1953) St. Louis (1953) Washington, DC Area (1953, 1967) Florida (1955) Savannah GA/Avon Park, FL (1956-58) New York City (1956, 1966) Chicago (1960).
The US has launched a series of military and political interventions since
1945, often to install puppet regimes. The following are the sampling of estimated deaths either from direct US military interventions or support of the states responsible for the crimes (using the most conservative estimates);
Nicaragua (30,000 dead) Brazil (100,000 dead) Korea (4 million dead)
Guatemala (200,000 dead) Honduras (20,000 dead) El Salvador (63,000 dead) Argentina (40,000 dead) Bolivia (10,000 dead) Uruguay (10,000 dead) Ecuador (10,000 dead) Peru (10,000 dead) Iraq (1.3 million dead) Iran (30,000 dead) Sudan (8-10,000 dead) Colombia (50,000 dead) Panama (5,000 dead) Japan (140,000 dead) Afghanistan (10,000 dead) Somalia (5000 dead) Philippines (150,000 dead) Haiti (100,000 dead)
Dominican Republic (10,000 dead) Libya (500 dead) Macedonia (1000 dead) South Africa (10,000 dead) Pakistan (10,000 dead) Palestine (40,000 dead) Indonesia (1 million dead) East Timor (1/3-1/2 of total population) Greece (10,000 dead) Laos (600,000 dead) Cambodia (1 million dead) Angola (300,000 dead) Grenada (500 dead) Congo (2 million dead) Egypt (10,000 dead) Vietnam (1.5 million dead) Chile (50,000 dead).
The US has also developed and distributed training manuals for foreign military personnel or foreign nationals, including instructions on assassination, subversion, sabotage, population control, torture, repression, psychological torture, death squads, etc.
Successive US administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have used assassination as a tool of foreign policy. Assassination attempts have been made against at least 40 foreign heads of state (some several times), a number of which have been successful, including: Patrice Lumumba (Congo), Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic), Ngo Dihn Diem (Vietnam) Salvador Allende (Chile).
The US is the world’s largest seller of weapons abroad, arming
dictators, militaries, and terrorists that repress or victimize their
populations, and fueling scores of violent conflicts around the globe The US is also the world’s largest provider of live land mines which, even in
peacetime, kill or injure at least several people around the world each day.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
DO THESE CONSTITUTE WAR CRIMES OR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY?
SHOULD ANYONE BE PROSECUTED FOR THEM?
IF SO, WHO?