John Kerry:

US Israel Supporter,

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US Israel Supporter

This is the individual who said Israel might become an "apartheid state."

John Kerry's admission that he did them should be more than enough to disqualify him from any po‎sition of public trust or responsibility.

 

Mr. Crosby Noyes (Washington Evening Star, on Meet the Press, 18 Apr 1971): "Mr. Kerry, you said at one time or another that you think our policies in Vietnam are tantamount to genocide and that the responsibility lies at all chains of command over there. Do you consider that you personally as a Naval officer committed atrocities in Vietnam or crimes punishable by law in this country?"

Mr. Kerry: "There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that yes, I committed the same kinds of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free-fire zones, I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used .50 caliber machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search-and-destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Convention and all of this is ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down. And I believe that the men who designed these, the men who designed the free-fire zone, the men who ordered us, the men who signed off on the air raid strike areas, I think that these men, by the letter of the law, the same letter of the law that tried Lieutenant Calley, are war criminals."

In fairness to Mr. Kerry, 50 caliber machine guns are perfectly legal for use against enemy personnel, as long as the rounds are not explosive. (Bullets that explode in an enemy soldier's body have been illegal since 1868.) The 50 caliber machine guns that are mounted on American and other tanks are explicitly dual purpose (anti-personnel and anti-aircraft) weapons. A free fire zone is simply one where no friendly troops, or civilians, are assumed to be present. "Search and destroy" refers to actions against hostile combatants, so none of these sound like war crimes. Burning villages could be another matter. It sounds like Genghis John the Khan bent over backward to blood libel his own country, and fellow service members, during time of war. However, if Kerry really believes that the superiors who gave him orders were war criminals, than he is one himself.