Soldiers are trained to kill and their commanders psych them up by demonizing the "enemy".
It is the commanders' job to make sure that their troops do not kill people who are not enemies. In the Wounded Knee and the No Gun Ri massacres, the commanders failed to control their troops.
In addition to the killing of women and children, the book in question describes US soldiers raping South Korean women and desecrating Korean ancestral burial items in the No Gun Ri area prior to the killing. In the Wounded Knee Massacre, the 7th Cav troopers engaged in gross sexual acts as well (see the links below).
The book also mentions that judges in America given convicted criminals the option to join the Army or go to jail. The book does not claim everyone in the 7th Cav was a criminal, but I wonder what percent of the 7th Cav troopers were convicted criminals.
The book mentions that Maj. Gen. Dean was the only senior commander who refused to allow killing civilians.
An interesting story!
How similar these stories are bet. Wounded Knee & No Gun Ri!
At No Gun Ri too, there was also some allegation that
US troops were shot at from the refugees. However, the victims
have said that there were no fire from them and even the
Army investigation did not confirm that story. How story changes
depending on who tells it!
In any case, I don't want to give a wrong impression that
we can conclude that No Gun Ri massacre took place
because of Wounded Knee history. Of course, each
incident should be investigated on its own merit.
All I am saying is that the distressful past history of the 7th Cav.
only reinforces our impression that another massacre may have took
place at No Gun Ri.
BTW, I read part of the book and found that the authors did
some research on the past history of 7th Cav. and they
included the Wounded Knee story in their book. I am glad that
this info was included in the book.