Bertrand Russell Denounces U.S. War Criminals

[This unsigned article is reprinted from Peking Review, #4, Jan. 21, 1966, p. 9.]

      IN a statement on January 14, the well-known British philosopher Bertrand Russell denounced U.S. genocide, the use of poison chemicals and gas in its war of aggression in south Vietnam. He said that “the United States has perpetrated every atrocity which will come under the purview of a war crimes tribunal.” “First concentration camps were established and 8 million people [in south Vietnam] were incarcerated under conditions of forced labour. Later poison chemicals and napalm were employed against the civilian population,” and “the latest example of the barbarism of American imperialists in Vietnam is the ... use of cyanide and poison gas.” Russell pointed out that the news that Australian soldiers wearing gas-masks had been poisoned while employing gas was “the final exposure of the dishonesty of the U.S. authorities” who have persistently “lied shamelessly, claiming that these [gases] were ‘untoxic.’” Russell appealed to people everywhere to “call for the indictment of President Johnson, Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara as war criminals” and to “show their unhesitating support for the people of Vietnam in their national struggle.”

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