Talk:My Lai Massacre

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Unicode spellings: renedering Vietnamese names in Vietnamese[edit]

I noticed inconsistent use of the Anglicized spelling, Son My, and the version with Vietnamese diacritics. Therefore I changed "Son My" to "Sơn Mỹ" through most of the article. Exceptions were made in wikilinks, as well as in a direct quotation and in the title of a reference. It may be helpful if a Vietnamese speaker could add the IPA pronunciation. English speakers would be naturally inclined to pronounce the name as English son and me or my. I left "My Lai" as it is, because this is the usual way the massacre is referred to in English. I do not wish to impose the Vietnamese diacritics incorrectly on any sources that did not use them, but Wikipedia's voice should generally print the words as they are printed in their native languages. Presumably "Sơn Mỹ" means something different than the same five Latin characters with different diacritics. Could any editors who wish to discuss further changes please ping or replyto me? Roches (talk) 19:47, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Excised text[edit]

I removed the following block of text that was smack dab in the middle of describing the incident:

In 1966, Quảng Ngãi Province witnessed a purported massacre at the hands of South Korean troops, the Bình Hòa massacre. In February 1968, in neighboring Quảng Nam province, during a similar counterinsurgency search-and-destroy operation, the Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất massacre and the purported Hà My massacre were committed by South Korean Marines. As for the U.S. military, seven months prior to the My Lai Massacre, on Robert McNamara's order, the Inspector General of the U.S. Defense Department investigated press coverage of alleged atrocities committed in South Vietnam. In August 1967, the 200-page report "Alleged Atrocities by U.S. Military Forces in South Vietnam" was completed.[1] It concluded that many American troops did not fully understand the Geneva Conventions. No action was taken, however.

This is may be relevant context, but it does not belong between the paragraphs describing the night before the massacre, and the massacre itself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 107.15.240.111 (talk) 00:41, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

Good catch as it explains why Colin Powell was not startled by the letter that he was ordered to investigate since My Lai Massacre was not a single, isolated incident of the Geneva Conventions violations in Vietnam at the time. I inserted excised text in a passage related to Powell. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.45.254.133 (talk) 04:17, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

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