CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Fallujah Atrocity Slideshow

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Fallujah Atrocity Slideshow

Thanks to Wretchard at Belmont Club for including this link in a post -- a slideshow of insurgent violations of the Law of War, atrocity and torture houses, videos of beheadings, etc. This seems to be a slideshow produced by the US military -- an excellent idea. In "The Soul of Battle" Victor Hanson notes that General Patton ordered his commandrs that every single man in the 3rd Army would visit Nazi atrocity sites so that each would have a story to tell about the evil of the enemy, and would be able to counter the arguments of those who doubted in the future. Says Patton, in a press conference in April, 1945:
"If any of you haven't visited the charnel house near here, you should go. It is the most horrible sight I have ever seen. We had as many soldiers as possible visit it, so as to know what kind of people they are fighting. I think they were duly impressed and I told them to tell their friends.
And then, in a remark to his Chief of Staff, about Buchenwald:
The scenes witnessed there are beyond the normal mind to believe. No race except a people dominated by an ideology of sadism could have committed such gruesome crimes . . . It is a shame that more people cannot see these things, particularly politicians, who, after all, bring on wars, and doubly a shamethat they cannot be seen by those people back in our country . . . No race and no people other than those which are strictly sadists could committ crimes like these.
I MEF should continue to allow as many reporters as possible to visit these scenes in Fallujah -- and soon enough no doubt similar scenes will be on view in the Triangle of Death as well.

4 Comments:

Blogger USMC_Vet said...

Chrenkoff elaborates on the Ukrainian situation rather well. One of his readers left the following comment:

"Spread the word - ORANGE FOR UKRAINE AND DEMOCRACY - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2004 - the date is set, the World will wear orange as a sign of solidarity and support for Ukraine and Democracy."

When you go to work Monday, find something orange to wear if you support a democratic Ukraine.

On a note of Irony: Inmates in America's correctional facilities seem to be the most supportive of Ukraine.

November 25, 2004 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Oregonian Purple said...

Chester:
Your quoting of Patton here is most appropriate. Without knowing all the atrocities of Hitler, our participation in WWII would have been but for a geopolitical reason. With that, we know we are fighting real evil.
So are our current fight against terrorism.

November 26, 2004 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger tbedilion said...

Patton's strategy worked at least in our family. The one thing that was guarenteed to get us kids rousted out of bed at any hour and sat in front of the television was the Holococaust episode of the The World as War. Dad, a Seventh Army tank destroyer battalion veteran, would then make sure we understood that he was there, this really happened and we were never to let anyone tell us otherwise. This from a man who did not tell war stories.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people like to get into this argument to this day.
This has always been and will always be reason enough for me to go after Saddam and his kind. Period.

November 26, 2004 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger TmjUtah said...

My boy scout troop master back to home in Midland, Texas, was a captain in the Greyhouds, the unattached, unrestrained, pointy tip of the Third Army.

He was one of the first U.S. officers to see a concentration camp.

Every year, when the departing class of scouts was at their last meeting, he presented a slideshow of his life experiences. It began with family pictures of his youth in the Depression in Texas, including his scout experiences and his Eagle Court, moved through the war (mustang officer, promoted in North Africa), his college expreince and then his life from then until the mid-seventies.

He saw Buchenwald. Our diminutive (5'5") scoutmaster who was never without a smile looked like a teenager standing there next to Patton, viewing a long, long stack of bodies piled like cordwood between a frenetic tangled barbedwire fence and a railroad track. He wasn't smiling there. That black and white picture changed my appreciation of my scoutmaster forever...which is why he wisely left out that part of his life until we were getting ready to enter our own adult lives.

He saw his first dead men (and friends) at seventeen, and we were that age, or close, when he made his presentation. Evil does indeed exist, and men must step up to defeat it whenever it rears its ugly head.

November 26, 2004 at 11:10 AM  

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