To answer your criticism

Firstly these events are common knowledge to those with historical knowledge. Due to our audience, we seldom include references. When we do it is to establish the source of an obscure fact or event. This isn't the case for this article

Secondly, although tried and persecuted both perpetrators got away on much lighter charges than one could justify. Is it really fair to get less than a year of jail time for taking part in the killing of tens of civilians?

Thirdly, I hope that I did not come across as biased. As all history writing goes it is invariably hard to not include some nuance of opinion in ones work. The purpose of this article is actually the opposite, to take a more, unconventional look at an otherwise often biased area of history.

Fourth I make no direct comparison between the death of fewer than 100 civilians, as seen in this scenario, and the atrocities committed by the Axis through the Holocaust or events such as the Rape of Nanking. Needless to say, such events hold much more importance in a wider look at history. Interpreting my statement, which I presume you reference here, that:

"So much emphasis is put on the evils of the Japanese and Germans that many miss out that the US is responsible for doing the exact same thing they condemn other countries"

perfectly proves the point I have tried to prove and is a weak use of "whataboutism". We can look at events in a vacuum as should be done to avoid all bias, especially in a historical context.

Fifth, the last paragraph is meant to draw attention to the fact that "history is written by the victors". I don't have any doubt that, in case of an Axis victory, many US generals and statemen would be tried for war crimes in a similar fashion that we did during the Nuremberg trials to those who committed war crimes against us. In the words of Curtis LeMay, a general in the United States Air Force:

"I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal.... Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier."

I hope my response was appropriate to your criticism and encourages you to take a look at a painful side of American history.

Student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. History fanatic. Contact: aneculaeseicg@gmail.com

Student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. History fanatic. Contact: aneculaeseicg@gmail.com