Today is the 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre, when US soldiers raped and murdered 500 Vietnamese civilians and burned their homes. Only one man resisted, Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, leading his flight crew he stopped the massacre by blocking the American soldiers, turning rifles on them and threatening to kill them, which saved countless lives. He later testified against the murderers. For this, he was denounced as a traitor, and spent much of his life suffering from depression, PTSD, and nightmares. He died in 2006. Today, he represents the importance of disobeying orders and enduring the hate of the public for doing what’s right. I wish we had more of him.
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