The correct answer, which includes soldiers and many more civilians from North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (and some Korean and Australian soldiers), is in the millions. This experiment, part of my teaching routine at the US Military Academy, offers a salutary validation of the claims by political scientist John Tirman of MIT's Center for International Studies about American ignorance of the lethal consequences of our wars for noncombatants. In The Deaths of Others, he interweaves the answers to three worthy questions: have American wars inflicted undue suffering on enemy civilians? why has the mistreatment of civilians persisted? why do Americans seem not to care?
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