Monday, May 05, 2014
And You Thought It Couldn't Happen Again! ... J. D. Longstreet
And You Thought It Couldn't Happen Again!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Have they begun stringing barbed wire again? Have they set-up new ovens again? How about those showers, are they getting them operational again? Are they stock-piling Zyklon B gas already?
Sadly, many Americans reading the paragraph above have no idea what the heck I'm muttering about.
"The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community." -- SOURCE: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143
Here's more: "In 1933, the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million. Most European Jews lived in countries that Nazi Germany would occupy or influence during World War II. By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the "Final Solution," the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe. Although Jews, whom the Nazis deemed a priority danger to Germany, were the primary victims of Nazi racism, other victims included some 200,000 Roma (Gypsies). At least 200,000 mentally or physically disabled patients, mainly Germans, living in institutional settings, were murdered in the so-called Euthanasia Program." --SOURCE: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143
(We urge you to read this entire article and then do some research of your own. If your knowledge of the Holocaust is sketchy, at best, then now would be an excellent time to educate yourself on what happened, and why it happened, and how WE allowed it to happen, and why it appears we have come full circle and are now on the cusp of allowing it to happen again.)
This is important -- because we are seeing the early elements of another Holocaust coming together in Europe today.
Consider this: "Odessa’s Jews are prepared to evacuate should the violence in the western Ukrainian city get significantly worse, several community leaders told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Odessa’s Jewish community numbers some 30,000, down from nearly 40 percent of the city’s population before the Holocaust.
While Jewish community leaders are unanimous in asserting that the violence is unconnected to the Jewish community and that they do not feel specially targeted, they agreed that, should the situation deteriorate, it would be easy for the spillover to affect their constituents.
The Jewish community, together with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, has prepared a fleet of 70 buses, fueled and ready to go, “if, God forbid, we have to evacuate” the community’s children and any adults who want to leave, he said." -- SOURCE: http://www.jpost.com/International/Odessa-Jewish-community-mulls-emergency-evacuation-351334
THIS is the way it begins.
This is one of those times when I hope those little alarm bells, way back in my mind somewhere, are wrong.
Even after the Second World War and the Nazi directed Holocaust of the Jews, even after the international embarrassment of those countries taking any part in the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, the intense dislike for and prejudice against (Allow me to add "HATRED" for) Jewish people still runs rampant in Europe.
What about Jews in the Ukraine? "The most notorious massacre of Jews in Ukraine was at the Babi Yar ravine outside Kiev, where 33,771 Jews were killed in a single operation on September 29–30, 1941." -- SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust_in_Ukraine
How bad could it have been? Read the words of this truck driver who witnessed the whole thing.
"On the Monday, the Jews of Kiev gathered by the cemetery, expecting to be loaded onto trains. The crowd was large enough that most of the men, women, and children could not have known what was happening until it was too late: by the time they heard the machine-gun fire, there was no chance to escape. All were driven down a corridor of soldiers, in groups of ten, and then shot. A truck driver described the scene: "One after the other, they had to remove their luggage, then their coats, shoes, and overgarments and also underwear … Once undressed, they were led into the ravine which was about 150 meters long and 30 meters wide and a good 15 meters deep … When they reached the bottom of the ravine they were seized by members of the Schutzmannschaft and made to lie down on top of Jews who had already been shot … The corpses were literally in layers. A police marksman came along and shot each Jew in the neck with a submachine gun … I saw these marksmen stand on layers of corpses and shoot one after the other … The marksman would walk across the bodies of the executed Jews to the next Jew, who had meanwhile lain down, and shoot him." -- SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust_in_Ukraine
"Ukrainians collaborated with the German occupiers in various ways including: participating in the local administration, in German-supervised auxiliary police, Schutzmannschaft, in the German military, and serving as concentration camp guards. Nationalists in the west of Ukraine were among the most enthusiastic, hoping that their efforts would enable them to establish independent state later on." -- SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.or
Yes, the Jews in Ukraine have good reason to be afraid.
Consider this: "Sam Pivnik, 86, was only 14 when his family were rounded up in Bedzin, western Poland, and sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.
Mr Pivnik, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, said he was not surprised by the literature’s anti-Semitism.
Just last month Mr. Pivnik told the Daily and Sunday Express of London: “Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” he said last night, “and as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945.
“There is no point in staying there waiting for trouble, in the hope that the world Jewry can save them. Even Germany is doing everything it can to tackle anti-Semitism and is better than Ukraine. Jews in the Ukraine should leave.” -- SOURCE: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/471422/Jews-urged-to-flee-Ukraine-by-Holocaust-survivor
You may recall there were pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, just a few days ago, demanding that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax -- or leave.
Those pamphlets and posters are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War. THAT'S what sent the alarm bells clanging in the dusty recesses of my mind. Apparently, the alarm was heard by many more around the globe, too.
I'm told that as new recruits of the Israeli Defense Forces double-time up the mountain of Masada, as a part of their training, they chant: "Never again," "Never again," over and over and over. They are pledging that what happened to their people in the Holocaust (and other atrocities since) shall never be permitted to happen again.
Today, Israel is a state with a military that ranks right up there with the world's best warriors. It has an intelligence service which puts the US intelligence services to shame, and even more important it has fearless leadership with a former officer of Israel's Special Forces serving as Prime Minister.
I cannot visualize Israel allowing a second Holocaust to occur without utilizing their military muscle to intervene. And that scenario brings us back to the initiation point for a Third World War.
Look, Americans are tired of war. We are especially tired of getting involved in other people's wars.
America currently has no military leadership at the Commander-in-Chief level. NONE!
The political party now in charge of America's government has no idea what military power is for, nor how to apply it. They have such naive ideas as the responsibility to protect any peoples on the globe who cannot protect themselves. Sounds good in Sunday School, and even on paper -- but -- in the real world it will break a country financially, and sap its morale and its military -- all in short order.
No. Americans don't want another war -- at the moment. But -- we don't want another Holocaust, either, and we'll do whatever is necessary to see that it does not occur.
J. D. Longstreet