The Viet Cong Committed Atrocities, Too. Terrorism and civilian massacres were part of the Communists' strategy.
The only bad part of it is that the writer implies moral equivalence between communist atrocities and those committed by the US forces. This is totally nuts, for the communists it was POLICY, for US and RVN forces it was never policy, bad things happened as aberrations. That's a difference of enormous importance. If you go to the NYT site in time, you can add to the comments. --Del