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April 29, 2009


Nobody saw it all. Some, like Roy Wood, didn’t even know the extent of the massacre until the next day. Others, like Charles Sledge, who served that day as Calley’s radioman, saw more than they want to remember.

These are the first words of Seymour Hersh’s article “The massacre at My Lai 4”.

We are at My Lai in Vietnam, the date is 16th of March 1968, and 500 women, children and old men are about to get murdered. By American soldiers.

About 600 journalists is accredited to report home from the ongoing war, but still America and the rest of the world know nothing about what’s going on.

Seymour Hersh isn’t there. But still, he is the one that uncovers the story.

He is the one that travels all over the US to interview the soldiers who participated in the massacre. He asks the questions no one else dare to ask. He listens. And he writes.

The article “the Massacre at My Lai 4” is reprinted in the book Tell Me No Lies, a perfect collection of the best investigative stories ever made. The editor of the book is John Pilger, himself one of the greatest reporters the world has seen.

Through this book, he has taken me to Vietnam two times. I have seen Hiroshima after the atomic bomb fell. The inside of the funeral business in the US. And been one of the first to see a German concentration camps when the World War 2 was about to end.

And now I look forward to more.

It’s nothing like a piece of good investigative journalism!

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