Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Paul Harvey goes two for two.

On May 27, 1942, SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, had been attacked in Prague by Free Czech agents who were trained in England and brought to Czechoslovakia to assassinate him. They shot at Heydrich as his car slowed to round a sharp turn, then threw a bomb which exploded, mortally wounding him. Heydrich managed to get out of the car, draw his pistol and shoot back at the assassins before collapsing in the street. He died four days later from blood poisoning.

The Gestapo and SS hunted down and murdered Czech agents, resistance members, and anyone suspected of being involved in Heydrich's death, totaling over 1000 persons. In one of the most infamous single acts of World War Two, all 172 men and boys over age 16 in the village of Lidice were shot while the women were deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp where most died. Ninety young children were sent to the concentration camp at Gneisenau, with some taken later to Nazi orphanages if they were German looking. The village of Lidice was then destroyed building by building with explosives, then completely leveled until not a trace remained, with
grain being planted over the flattened soil. The name was then removed from all German maps.

The Nazis were not called " insurgents."

When Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese in December of 1941, a Marine was overheard by an English speaking Japanese soldier muttering, "Yellow bastards". He was tied to a post and used him for bayonet practice. Ninety-eight U.S. civilian workers, taken prisoner in 1941 but held on the island to perform construction work were executed in October of 1943. Wake Atoll commander, R Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara, was hanged after the war.

The Marines called them Japs. No one called them " gunmen."

American soldiers in Korea, captured by the Communist Chinese, before being moved even further north, were being separated into wounded, ambulatory & walking wounded. Told the others would come later in trucks, the other knew differently. The Chinese were going to murder them, and the soldiers knew it. They began giving their boots, coats, hat,etc. to those soldiers not left behind. A survivor remembers their courage facing certain death.

Murdering Communists were not "rebels".

We have a Regiment of Marines on the offensive in western Iraq, right now, some 1000 of our finest troops. Paul Harvey said two terrific things Monday on one of his short news broadcasts. "Our Troops, (he call them our troops!), fighting in Iraq, have killed 75 to 100...of the enemy."

Our hand has been forced in this war. The killers we fight will not be turned back save by fire and destruction. They want death alone, and nothing else. Let us give it to them, and all they want of it.
The Enemy. He call them the enemy. I could have cheered.

And another thing: Oh yes, not militants either.

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