Parallels Between My Lai, Haditha Are Few

Although there are some disturbing parallels, the story that is coming to light about the conduct of U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq, is not identical to what happened in My Lai, Vietnam.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales argues that one of the reasons the two incidents are different is that the military has learned lessons from My Lai and would not repeat the same mistakes. Scales, who commanded two units in Vietnam, won the Silver Star in 1969.

Differences of Opinion

Claims that Marines murdered two dozen Iraqis last year in the city of Haditha have sparked speculation about what really happened there.

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