Are Atrocities in Wartime Inevitable?

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In Iraq this week, a military tribunal hears allegations that American soldiers raped and murdered an Iraqi girl. In the United States, new details emerge about the extent of war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Vietnam.


Deborah Nelson, investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times; co-wrote story that reported the number of atrocities committed during the Vietnam War was far greater than previously known

Michael Sallah, investigations editor for The Miami Herald; co-author of Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War; won 2004 Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for investigative reporting for work on Toledo Blade's Tiger Force series



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from