Sunday, November 21, 2004

WWII Parallels to the War on Terror?

The photo above was taken in April 1945 during the liberation of the Concentration Camp at Dachau. It shows Waffen-SS soldiers being lined up and executed by American soldiers.

The Belmont Club has a thorough and well documented piece on the moral depravity of Hitler and his minions. In it, he refers to a site which contained this and similar photographic records of the time.

Below is an excerpt:

If Hitler was altogether more evil than we can conceive, he arose from a time and circumstance which few if any can still remember. Any comparisons between the 1945 and 2004 are likely to be inexact. Those who point to the shooting of Jihadi in Fallujah by a US Marine as evidence that America is drifting into Nazism would do well to remember that in 1945, American troops who arrived in Dachau were so disgusted by what they saw they executed hundreds of SS guards on the spot. This is a link to remarkable photographs of the incident.

"The killing of unarmed POWs did not trouble many of the men in I company that day for to them the SS guards did not deserve the same protected status as enemy soldiers who have been captured after a valiant fight. To many of the men in I company, the SS were nothing more than wild, vicious animals whose role in this war was to starve, brutalize, torment, torture and murder helpless civilians."

Flint Whitlock, The Rock of Anzio, From Sicily to Dachau: A history of the U.S. 45th Infantry Division

Are there parallels to the recent events in Fallujah? The floor is open.

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