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On Burning People Alive

by John Hartung

When we revile ISIS, we should remember the magnitude of our own massive premeditated murders and our own original sins.

American pilots who dropped napalm on Vietnamese and Cambodian villages did not target noncombatants, but they knew that hitting their targets would cause collateral damage ... burning alive noncombatants, including women and children. Given that knowledge, those pilots and their chain of command all the way to Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were guilty of premeditated killing, though perhaps not premeditated murder.

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John Hartung is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the State University of New York. He served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology from 1989 through 2017

His Ph.D. is in anthropology from Harvard. About half of Dr. Hartung's publications are in social science, with the rest in medicine (Curriculum Vitae).

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