The nonsensical rationalization after the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968 — “it became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it” — echoes in a current day school debate.
One of the most horrific incidents in the Vietnam War was the massacre at My Lai, when American soldiers summarily shot between 347 and 504 civilians on March 16, 1968. In a linguistic malapropism expressing the ultimate in rationalization, an American major commented after the fact:
“It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.”
Something along that line crossed our minds when we read in this newspaper a JTA report two weeks ago (Sept. 20, page 7) that some Jewish day schools, “in order to survive,” have opened their enrollment to non-Jews.