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Quagmire or Just War?
September 10, 2003 | Chuck Morse
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003
The criticism that President George W. Bush is now getting from the Democrats over the situation in Iraq parallels the type of criticism that President Harry S. Truman heard in the months after the fall of Hitler. President Bush had the moral courage to stop Saddam before he had a chance to commit the type of genocide Hitler committed.
An August 12, 1945 article from Reuters entitled "Administration In Crisis Over Burgeoning Quagmire" states that "President Truman, just a few months into his young presidency, is coming under increasing fire from some Congressional Republicans for what appears to be a deteriorating security situation in occupied Germany, with some calling for his removal from office."
The article points out "over three months after a formal declaration of an end to hostilities, the occupation is bogged down. Fanatical elements of the former Nazi regime that, in their zeal to liberate their nation from the foreign occupiers, call themselves members of the Werewolf continue to commit almost-daily acts of sabotage against Germany's already-ravaged infrastructure, and attack American troops. They have been laying road mines, poisoning food and water supplies, and setting various traps, often lethal, for the occupying forces."
Many hard-core Nazis were apparently unwilling to just stroll quietly into the night. President Truman understood this and President Bush understands it today. Peace was achieved in Western Europe only after the evildoers were completely and utterly crushed.
In 1945 it was "not difficult to find antagonism and anti-Americanism among the population--many complain of the deprivation and lack of security. There are thousands of homeless refugees, and humanitarian efforts seem confused and inadequate." This refrain has a familiar ring to it.
"In the wake of the budding disaster, some have called for more international participation in peacekeeping." This also sounds familiar. President Truman responded to these suggestions by unofficially quoting from General Anthony Clement McAuliffe who, when asked by the Nazi's to surrender his surrounded forces during the Battle of the Bulge replied "Nuts."
A Red Cross official griped that "...the German people will be more comfortable if their conquerors weren't now their overlords. It makes it difficult to argue that this wasn't an imperialistic war when the occupying troops in the western sector are exclusively American, British and French." The same nonsense is being spouted today.
The article quotes an unnamed congressman who said that "...it's time to ask whether the German People are better off now than they were a few months ago. Yes, a brutal dictator has been deposed, but at least the electricity and water supply were mostly working, and the trains running on time. After years of killing them and destroying their infrastructure with American bombs, it seems to me that the German people have suffered enough without the chaos that our occupation, with its inadequate policing, is bringing."
The Nazi werewolves took their marching orders from propaganda minister Josef Gobbles who, in a broadcast in the waning weeks of the war stated "We Werewolves consider it our supreme duty to kill, to kill and to kill, employing every cunning and wile in the darkness of the night, crawling, groping through towns and villages, like wolves, noiselessly, mysteriously." Reuters notes that "while no new broadcasts of Goebbels' voice have been heard since early May, no one can be certain as to whether he is alive or dead, and continuing to help orchestrate the attacks and boost morale among the forces for German liberation. As long as his fate, and more importantly, that of the former leader Adolf Hitler himself, remains unresolved, the prospects for pacifying the brutally conquered country may be dim."
Instead of "No Blood for Oil" protesters back then were marching with placards that said "No Blood For Soviet Socialism," and "It's All About The Coal."
It was suggested at the time that the failure to get Hitler meant that the war was a failure. An unnamed Senator stated "Sure, it's nice to have released all those people from the concentration camps, but we were told we were going to war against Hitler, even though he'd done nothing to usNow they say that we have 'Victory in Europe,' but it seems to me that if they can't produce the man we supposedly went to war against, it's a pretty hollow victory. Without this man that they told us was such a great threat to America, how can even they claim that this war was justified?"