Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Poland & Torture

Civilized countries do not maintain concentration camps or torture camps, so Nazi Germany claimed to be free of those.  Their solution was to have such facilities in other countries.  Of course inside nazi Germany there were plenty of abominable camps, usually transitory or special purpose, but those do not account in a nazi self-assessment. The real nasty places of WWII lore were in countries other than Germany, such as Poland.

The USA today maintains such places around the world and in Guatanamo, to maintain the fiction that no such places exist in USA, an echo of the nazi conceit.  What is odd to day is countries that willingly cooperate with USA crimes.  Whereas poland once claimed the concentration camps, the torture that occurred in their country was while under occupation, what explanation do they have today?
 The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday found “beyond reasonable doubt” that two current prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, were transferred from Thailand to Poland by the CIA and tortured there.
Now, the USA should hold truth commissions to come to an understanding how this came to pass.  As to Poland, they may want to do the same, and discover why their lands are so amenable to visitors torturing visitors.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Conspiracy Theory

Last 8 March, when a Malaysian Air 777 disappeared without a trace, conspiracy theorists claimed it had been hijacked to be used again later.

Last week, July 17, an identical jet is blown up over the Ukraine.

Is it identical, or the same jet?
Boeing 777-200ER
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Honoring Hitler's Assassin's

Here is the news, but there is one problem with this...
In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler's Wolf's Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a "significant day in German history" for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime.
As of July of 1944 the defeat of Germany was an inevitability.  Where were these people in 38, 29, 40, 41, 42? The reason for assassinating Hitler had to do with Germany losing rather the war than any particular dislike of Nazi-ism.  And as these things go, having survived the murder attempt, Hitler was convinced fate has preserved him to bring about total victory.  In fact, he brought about total defeat, and after the war was far harder ton Germans than the war itself, bad as it was.

Canaris early on hated Nazi-ism and plotted to murder Hitler, back in the late 30s, but held off expressly because Hitler was winning, and thus very popular.  Winning can be a very bad thing.

People say "Geo Bush is Hitler" or "Barack Obama is Hitler" but the problem is not whether some politician is any different from Hitler, but whether the American people are any different than the German people.  So far, no difference.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Women on Violence

It has long occurred to me that in centuries to come people will speak of this era as one most marked for men having abandoned women and children in law and culture.  Comes now women who address this from their perspective -
Those currently invoking “women’s health” in an attempt to shout down anyone who disagrees with forcing religious institutions or individuals to violate deeply held beliefs are more than a little mistaken, and more than a little dishonest. Even setting aside their simplistic equation of “costless” birth control with “equality,” note that they have never responded to the large body of scholarly research indicating that many forms of contraception have serious side effects, or that some forms act at some times to destroy embryos, or that government contraceptive programs inevitably change the sex, dating and marriage markets in ways that lead to more empty sex, more non-marital births and more abortions. It is women who suffer disproportionately when these things happen.
We need to hear more about this...

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

War Costs

In World War I. Since this year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, it will certainly be repeated throughout the year that about 120,00 U.S. soldiers died in the conflict. Although true, that is not the whole story. From Thomas Fleming’s The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I (p. 307) we read:
The Americans had been in combat two hundred days—approximately six months. In that time, 50,300 doughboys were killed. Another 198,059 Americans were wounded in action. Another 62,668 died of disease—an appalling 38,815 of these in training camps in the United States. Another 4,503 were killed in accidents. Almost 1,000 committed suicide. Adding in minor causes, the total deaths were 120,139. In 1930, the Veterans Bureau estimated that war-related diseases, wounds and other kinds of trauma inflicted on the Western Front had raised the total cost to 460,000 deaths. Men disabled by gas attacks were particularly prone to die young. More than 41,000 doughboys were shell-shock victims, listed as pyschiatrically disabled. Many of these men were hospitalized for the rest of their lives.
But even if “only” 120,000 American soldiers died in World War I, that is still too many. In fact, even if just one American soldier died in World War I, that is one too many. The United States needed a foreign policy of nonintervention then and needs a foreign policy of nonintervention now. The best policy to save our young men: noninterventionism.

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