News reports this morning indicate that survivors of the Kent State University shootings, the anniversary of which we mark this week, have turned up a previously undiscovered audio tape on which an unidentified National Guard commander gives the order to fire on student protesters.
This is a very disturbing find, because previously it was believed that one or two National Guard soldiers panicked under verbal and physical assault by student protesters and fired, setting off one or two others nearby. In other words, the shootings were thought to be the product of confusion and chaos, not anything deliberate or pre-meditated. If law enforcement officials can identify the individual who gave the order, I think he should face charges of using excessive force, if not murder or manslaughter.
All this comes on the morning of the Vietnam war final exam...the tragedy of that misbegotten conflict continues.