Вспоминая Роберта Макнамару

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. Впервые я встретил Роберта Макнамару, министра обороны США, который руководил увеличением американского присутствия во Вьетнаме, летом 1967 года. Я как раз вернулся из своей поездки в Южный Вьетнам, где в качестве репортера « The New Yorker» я стал свидетелем разрушения американской авиацией двух провинций Куанг Нгай и Куанг Тинх.

Политика Америки была ясна. Листовки, которые сбрасывали на деревни, гласили: «Вьетконговцы прячутся среди невинных женщин и детей в ваших деревнях… Если вьетконговцы в вашем районе используют вас или вашу деревню для этой цели, то вы можете ждать смерть с неба».

Смерть с неба пришла. Затем снова сбрасывались листовки, и в них говорилось: «Ваша деревня подверглась бомбардировке, так как вы укрывали вьетконговцев… Вашу деревню будут бомбить снова, если вы окажете какую-либо поддержку вьетконговцам».

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