Jacket Blurb from `Prevent the Crime of Silence'

In 1967 the International War Crimes Tribunal held sessions in Stockholm and Roskilde, in Denmark, to hear evidence on the conduct of the war in Vietnam. Invitations to the American government had been ignored. To many people it seemed a ludicrous situation: a tribunal without any power investigating a conflict in which its own sympathies were very clear. But there was a precedent: the Nuremberg War Trials had also assumed the right of judgement. And it had been a US Supreme Court judge who had said at Nuremberg: `If certain acts and violations of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them. We are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoke against us.'
      The Tribunal merely took America at its word. The evidence it heard was from historians, scientists, journalists, American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians. Its findings were of political connivance at unjust war, of wholesale attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools, of torture of political prisoners, of calculated disruption of the landscape and social structure of Vietnam.
      Since 1967, Bertrand Russell has died and the world has heard of `Pinkville'. This book is intended to assist Russell's initial request of the Tribunal `to prevent the crime of silence.'
Note: Copyright in this text is held by the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, who can be contacted at Bertrand Russell House, Gamble Street, Nottingham, NG7 4ET, England. Telephone UK 0602-784504. Fax UK 0602-420433 or at this web address: Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. 'Prevent the Crime of Silence' is reproduced here, with their permission, in full without omissions or insertions of new material. Original page numbers as they appeared in the book are noted here in {brackets}; these were at the foot of the page, thus text recorded e.g. between {75} and {76} was on page 76. Some half dozen spellings and inconsistencies corrected. Footnotes moved to section ends with full software links. Lengths of sections indicated by number of pages; the longest entry, by Gabriel Kolko, is about 100K; most are shorter than 20K. The text represents something like 20% of the full transcribed set of documents, which are held at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in the Bertrand Russell archives McMaster's Internet site includes a discussion group on Russell - Rae West.

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