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Evil remembered…

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Yesterday marked  75 years since  the Red Army took control of Auschwitz away from the Nazis,  more than one million Jewish victims were murdered,  comprising  1/6 of all the murders committed during the Holocaust.   Unlike most other death caps,  Auschwitz served a dual purpose of concentration camp and death camp.   This did not improve conditions or outcomes for its occupants.  A recounting of its terrible history does not soften with the passage of time, but we must remember the horror in order to prevent its re-occurrence.

The  survivors  have returned,  joined by the children and grandchildren of those who died there.   I think it take courage to confront the evil and face the pain.

 

 

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January 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm

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Truce by carol…

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If you don’t know about the unofficial truce on December 24,  1914,  read about  “how Silent Night” sung by two protagonists in two different languages,  produced a truce in the midst of war.

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December 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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It’s VJ Day…

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Admit it — you had forgotten about Victory over Japan Day,  hadn’t you?     It’s not too late to say a prayer for the valiant forces who made  the victory  https://nationaltoday.com/vj-day/possible.   And it’s not too soon to contemplate what a fine ally our former enemy has become.   Japan remains the only country to pay off its debt to the U.S. from the war.

 

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September 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part VII…

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Here is  a reprint of an August 1944 article in Popular Mechanics explaining how D-Day was planned.   It is well worth your time to gain an understanding of how  complicated  planning a war was.   It still is.    All that toxic masculinity  saved the world,  which should be much more grateful for the Greatest Generation.

Most journalists were surprised to find that many of the veterans of that historic  battle support  Pres. Trump.   One of the British vets  even flirted with our First Lady,  who smiled graciously at his audacious charm.

Some French villages still honor Americans.   That includes the only church in  Sainte-Mere-Eglise,  the first village liberated by the Allies.  One must not underestimate  the power  of memory.   I am somewhat surprised that Congresswoman Speier was moved by any of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part VI…

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Pres. Trump delivered an  uplifting speech  for the occasion,  paying homage to the  thousands of  brave young men who volunteered their lives to protect freedom.  You know it had to be a truly first-rate speech for CNN’s  Jim Acosta and MSNBC  to praise  it.   The Allied  weather forecasters  saved D-Day from disaster,  and many young men  like Andy  Andrews.   This  is what some of the landing prep looked like.

The attending D-Day  veterans were  the rock stars.  One of them,  Alvin Perry,  was awarded  the French Legion of Honor medal.  If our military had been given  such clear  objectives in wars since them, our victories would have been swifter and more visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part V…

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This photo  identifies most of the world leaders at the celebrations.   A bunch of U.S. Congressman  also attended,  but they didn’t get the amount of coverage Speaker Pelosi no doubt desired.   They no doubt thought Pres. Trump got too much  for reading  FDR’s prayer.

Then there is a  charming clip  of a British veteran who didn’t realize he was on live BBC TV.   Renowned musician Kenny Bierschenk performed Taps at the ceremony on a trumpet  which survived  the Normandy landing.

There  are stories  of the men who also survived that incredible day.   We should  all celebrate  the events and the men and their stories.   Read this to get an idea of  how enormous  the undertaking was,  and this to grasp why  American exceptionalism  was in large part responsible for the Allied victory.  That implies no disrespect for the other Allied forces.

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June 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part III…

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Sergeant John Jenkins spoke and got a standing ovation  from world leaders and attendees.   These photos  provide a glimpse into the longest day.

The five beaches are quiet now,  but the chaos and pain and blood they witnessed 75 years ago  lingers on  faintly for those who listen.

If you don’t what the brass clicker was,  you didn’t listen to John Wayne in the 1962 movie,  The  Longest Day,  where he discussed the significance of the signaling device used by troops of the American 101st Airborne Division for their first 24 hours in Nazi-occupied France.   You can catch up here.

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June 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

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