Sunday, April 24, 2005

Perspective

I'm shocked to have read this at Yahoo news today. A succinct and historically correct account of Hitler's final days and how WW2 ended. The only reason I'm posting about the subject is that it is important to put things in perspective and context. To have freed a country of 25 million people with 1500 casualties is astounding and unprecedented in world history and yet the MSM sees the war in Iraq as a catastrophe. The Red Army lost 78,000 dead in the final assault on Berlin over the course of a week. Freedom ain't free.

Full story [here].

12 Comments:

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if America chose to go to war against and equal power, it could then be considered an actual "war", and I would then be amazed. As it is they stear clear of anyone with cruise misles, anti aircraft misles, airplanes, or an actual army.

I think the world is simply standing by and waiting for America's credit to run out, then we will see some "wars".

 
At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Carlos said...

You're right, America should pick on someone its own size. Tell the 50 million people freed from tyranny and dictatorship to go screw themselves because Afghanistan and Iraq weren't large enough to give the US a good fight.

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell the 50 million people that water will be on the way soon, so will electricity, and a constitution, and freedom from getting shot and tortured on a whim. um, also freedom from giving birth to mutants do to Uranium dust everywhere, and long slow painful deaths of cancer due to Uranium, also freedom from corrupt American corporations which steal re-construction money. but hey, oil is kind of relativly cheap here in North America, so all is good.

 
At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Carlos said...

Jesus H., if you're talking about DEPLETED uranium, then open your eyes and read up on it. The radioactive isotopes are not present, hence the 'depleted' part of the name. The US coats its vehicles in the stuff, not just bullets and shells. If you're referring to Halliburton, again get some facts, they were overcharged and passed on their costs like any other business.

If you have the guts, google Chrenkoff (I guarantee you've never heard of him) and read one of his many posts about all the good news out of Iraq. Get a coffee and a comfy chair, though, it takes about half an hour to read a single entry because there's so much good news you've never read or heard about.

If you cast your mind back, you'll see that they were being tortured and killed on a whim by who exactly? Saddam and his psychotic sons.

They have a draft constitution, almost a year old now with a permanent one being drafted (sorry it wasn't done already, as democracy is so often achieved instantaneously), the Sunnis are on board for the next election, they have more fresh water, medicine, education, electricity and yes safety than they've known in 35 years. They also have some new stuff, like freedom of speech, movement and religion, access to phones, internet, television and radio. Update your stereotypes with some information as opposed to tired cliches and outright lies.

Ask the Kurdish president or the Shia prime minister about the new-look iraqi government. In general, get a clue.

 
At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do American vets return and give birth to deformities? When the uranium casings explode into dust and are breathed in, it is in the body forever, thus causing great problems. Have to go to work now, no time to respond to your laundry list positive accounts from the worst place on earth.

but, they did have more electricity, running water, internet, phones, freedom of movement, and recently a slower rate of death, with Sadam.

And I think they're being tortured at about the same rate. just no pictures allowed in the prison this time ;)

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Last post from me said...

You are clearly not open to new information, facts etc. If you think anyone in Iraq wants Saddam back in power, think again. Would you prefer Hitler and his heirs be in power? He made the trains run on time, which seems to be a key criteria for you.

What the US soldiers did at Abu Ghraib was bad. Did they nail people's tongues to wooden boards, chop off limbs and genitals with carving knives, electrocute, pull out teeth and fingernails, rape children in front of parents? No? Oh, then maybe it isn't as bad in Abu Ghraib now.

They did not have freedom of movement under Saddam or access to the internet, or satellite phones or tv, that is an outright lie. There are mass graves with over 300,000 people in them, with more yet to be discovered. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Also, the worst place on earth is a tie between Darfur and North Korea. I guess you don't have the guts the read about all (and it's a lot) that is going well in Iraq. Your loss, you could educate yourself rather than retreat into your outdated and wrong notions.

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous WHO calls bullshit on anonymous said...

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs257/en/

The World Health Organization, not a stooge of the US, says:

- No reproductive or developmental effects have been reported in humans.

- Erythema (superficial inflammation of the skin) or other effects on the skin are unlikely to occur even if DU is held against the skin for long periods (weeks).

- No consistent or confirmed adverse chemical effects of uranium have been reported for the skeleton or liver.

-A recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report giving field measurements taken around selected impact sites in Kosovo (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) indicates that contamination by DU in the environment was localized to a few tens of metres around impact sites. Contamination by DU dusts of local vegetation and water supplies was found to be extremely low. Thus, the probability of significant exposure to local populations was considered to be very low.

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the WHO conducted a study that showed the damges caused by DU, but they apperantly supressed it for political reasons...

http://www.sundayherald.com/40096

I guess they are a little stoogish..

 
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