Monday, October 20, 2008

THE WAR by Morley Evans

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This document examines the trials of the German leadership after WW II, especially the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. It does not question the deaths of millions of Jews at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War. It does raise questions about the Holocaust story as it has been told over and over for 60 years. (Telling this story has become a very profitable business, as Norman G. Finkelstein has pointed out.) This document might be classified as criminal under Canadian law. Distributing it could be a hate crime in Canada. The article on Wikipedia which deals with deaths in WW II could also be classified as a hate crime because it "diminishes the Holocaust" by including tens of millions of Soviets, Chinese, Poles, Indonesians and others along with Jews.

What really happened in WW II is important. It directly affects what we are doing today and who we think we are.

To Other Losses by James Bacque, which revealed nearly a million Germans were killed by the U.S. Army and the French after WW II (Eisenhower, et al), we can add: those millions who were killed by the Germans on the eastern front, especially the Poles (about 1/2 of the Polish population were Jews); the Soviets who, themselves, killed large numbers of Poles before Operation Barbarosa; the Japanese who killed millions of people in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) as well as millions of Chinese, and of course the Americans, again, who fire-bombed flat the world's largest city, Tokyo, before they dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The British, those champions of decency and fair play, fire-bombed Dresden, Magdeburg and Berlin along with the massive night time bombing of the rest of Germany. Of Dresden, Churchill remarked, "Oh, I thought the Americans did it." The Americans for their part had bombed the hell out of Germany in the daytime.

On a bright note, the Nazis looked after their French, British and American prisoners of war: Ninety-eight percent of them returned home safely after the war. The Soviets too looked after their own prisoners of war, both Germans and Japanese. When 6th Army surrendered at Stalingrad, thousands had already died of starvation and frostbite. Those who reached camps in Siberia, received generous rations, despite short supplies in the Soviet Union. The commander of 6th Army, Friedrich Paulus, became a strident critic of Hitler and the Nazi regime while he was a prisoner in the Soviet Union. Germans who were lucky enough to be incarcerated in Canada and the United States, were often assigned work on farms "to support the war effort." Very few, if any, Japanese were so lucky: they either did not surrender, or they were shot when they did surrender. "No prisoners" was often our policy in Europe too.

All in all, the madness of WW II was shared by all. The story we have been told for sixty years is only partly true — we only hear the part which paints us as the noble underdogs and them as evil monsters. The rest of the story has been left out or it has been turned into a pack of lies. The roles combatants played were interchangeable. It is time we mourned the deaths of all the victims of the Second World War, sent warmongers packing, and committed ourselves to peace.

This debt is past due.

- Morley Evans

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