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Ethnic Cleansers

Stephen Smith, 8 October 1992

Four Hours in My Lai: A War Crime and its Aftermath 
by Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim.
Viking, 430 pp., £17.99, May 1992, 0 670 83233 2
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Tiger Balm: Travels in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia 
by Lucretia Stewart.
Chatto, 261 pp., £10.99, June 1992, 0 7011 3892 0
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... In their attempt to answer the intractable ‘why’ of the massacre, Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim sense that the contributory factors they painstakingly assemble don’t quite amount to a reason, and reach for the viral theory. ‘Atrocity,’ they opine, ‘is like a virus known to strike soldiers in combat.’ Charlie Company of the Americal ...

The New Piracy

Charles Glass: Terror on the High Seas, 18 December 2003

... skills ‘could be deployed to block any major trading route in the world’. Rear Admiral Kevin Eldridge of the US Coast Guard is alert to the danger of a chemical tanker being run into a bridge or other target near a large population centre. As the commander of the Pacific Ocean’s Eleventh District, Eldridge has, among other responsibilities, to ...

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