Yamashita’s Ghost

Allan A. Ryan

Can the US commander who ordered this drone attack, which killed 10 civilians including 7 children, be charged for war crimes? Is mistake a valid defence? Is the defence of necessity available when the US has ceased being in a state of war in Afghanistan? Would an apology suffice?

Rereading Yamashita’s Ghost published 2012. Yamashita was hanged by McArthur for war crimes committed by his troops in the defence of Manila.

He did not order, did not personally commit, and had no knowledge of those crimes. He was hanged for the crime of Command Accountability – for failing to control his troops.

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