Recuerdo de Robert McNamara

NUEVA YORK – Conocí a Robert McNamara, Secretario de Defensa de los Estados Unidos que dirigió el aumento de la intervención americana en Vietnam, en el verano de 1967. Yo acababa de regresar de un viaje a Vietnam del Sur, donde, como reportero de The New Yorker , presencié la destrucción por la potencia aérea americana de dos provincias: Quang Ngai y Quang Tinh.

Las políticas de los Estados Unidos eran claras. Las octavillas lanzadas a las aldeas anunciaban: “Los vietcongs se esconden entre mujeres y niños inocentes en vuestras aldeas... Si el vietcong en esta zona los utiliza a ustedes o a su aldea para eso, les esperará la muerte desde el cielo”.

Y llegó la muerte desde el cielo. Después cayeron más octavillas, que informaban a los habitantes de las aldeas: “Su aldea fue bombardeada porque dieron acogida al vietcong... Si dan acogida al vietcong del modo que sea, su aldea será bombardeada de nuevo”.

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