============================================================ Fundamentally Right: A Quagmire, a Hopeless Situation.....

Sunday, August 21, 2005

A Quagmire, a Hopeless Situation.....

Cindy Sheehan became another of the left’s brief but shining stars. Supported by Michael Moore types of the radical fringe left and the adoring main stream media, Cindy exercised her right to speak freely.

It’s almost as if the anti-war crowd, small as it is, feels as if they were cheated by time. Most are too young to have been around when the mother of all anti-war movements was in full swing.. They missed out on the tie-dyed, longhaired, we seldom take a bath thing of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Those good old days when “pot” was in the air, Walter Chronkite was on the air and if you were lucky, you could spit at a GI or two…Ah, the romance of it all, if we could just bring it back.

Everyone likes to talk about a quagmire, a hopeless situation, a certain defeat is at hand. The left longs for another Vietnam, they can’t win an election, so they’d like to at least lose a war.

They miss the point of the war on terrorism and insist we must pull out. We had better set a date, a deadline to bring the troops home they whine. They are doing their level best to crank-up an anti-war machine, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any serious traction..

The liberal media is doing all they can to help, but with news like this everyday they have to report it don’t they?

“Insurgents bombed a police station, claiming the lives of five Americans and thirty-nine civilians. Loosely organized terrorist cells plant mines, snipe at American occupation forces and assassinate mayors and officials collaborating with the occupying forces struggling to rebuild the country.”

Will this country ever be rebuilt? Can peace ever be achieved?

That quote above was taken from an article written about post-war Germany..

Alexander Rubin wrote an excellent column for the Canada Free Press on line. The column is entitled “The Specter of the Werewolf:
Lessons from Post-War Germany”

Here’s a little more of that column;

“For up to two years after the Nazis surrendered on May 7, 1945, the threat of a Nazi insurgency loomed large over Germany. Towards the end of 1944, about 5,000 members of the elite Nazi SS and the Hitler Youth were recruited into a force called Werwolf and trained in terrorist tactics and guerilla warfare.

In theory, they would have aided the German Regular army by harrying Allied troops and supply lines through guerilla attacks in Allied-occupied areas, thus either allowing the Nazis to maintain a stronghold, inspire a popular uprising or forcing the Allies into a peace more agreeable to the Nazi leadership. Werwolf units were organized in cell structures, and hid caches of weapons and supplies.”

Rubin continues later in his article;

“Werwolf and other sleeper cells of fanatical Nazis carried out attacks intended to cripple economic infrastructure, slow the post-war reconstruction of Germany and discourage collaboration with Allied occupation forces trying to create a democracy. They began even before the Nazi official surrender, infiltrating towns occupied by the Allies and trying to wreak havoc behind the front lines.

Tactics were varied, and typically terrorist. Stories of assassinations, sniping attacks and sabotage rocked American troops and German civilians.

In reality, there were four major attacks by Werwolf troops in the Western zones of occupation. The new anti-Nazi Lord Mayor of Aachen was assassinated...several weeks before the Nazi surrender, on Himmler’s direct orders. Field Marshal Montgomery’s liaison officer and the Soviet commandant of Berlin were both killed in ambushes; the first was hushed up and the latter was only discovered to be an attack because the Soviet counterclaims were marred by glaring inconsistencies. A bombing of a police station claimed 44 victims.

In the east, Nazi insurgents carried out a few massacres of civilians and sniped at occupying forces, provoking brutal and indiscriminate reprisals from the Russians that quickly quelled future attacks.”

Sounds very familiar doesn’t it?

Read as Alexander Rubin compares post war Germany with the current situation in Iraq.

“The Nazi insurgency was much smaller and less effective than the current Iraqi insurgency, which is estimated as having between 12, 000 and 20, 000 hardcore supporters along with substantial passive support from a large minority of the Sunni Muslim population of Iraq.

Nonetheless, there are four critically important and practical lessons to be gleaned from the defeat of the Nazi insurgency in post-war Germany.

First, the appearance of failure in the media is not necessarily accurate. The Nazi insurgency generated a fear and panic completely out of proportion to their actual effectiveness. Radio and leaflet propaganda claimed every setback in reconstruction as one of their operations, and deaths of prominent occupation personalities as assassinations. The media gobbled it up, while the citizens of American and Germany worried.

Just as they seem to be constantly describe a ‘quagmire’ in Iraq today and report on the unpopularity of American troops, many articles in the New York Times predicted doom and gloom for Germany in 1945.

The "attitude toward the American occupation forces has swung from apathy and surface friendliness to active dislike. According to a military government official, this is finding expression in the organization of numerous local anti-American organizations throughout the zone and in a rapid increase in the number of attacks on American soldiers. There were more such attacks in the first week of October than in the preceding five months of the occupation, this source declared."

"Grave concern was expressed today by informed officials that the United States might soon lose the fruits of victory in Germany through the failure to prepare adequately for carrying out its long-term commitments…"

"An exhaustive compilation of opinions of Germans in all walks of life on their reaction to the United States occupation of their country was released…Bitter resentment and deep disappointment was voiced over the Americans' first six months of occupation..."

Substituting Iraq for Germany, would these statements seem out of place in the New York Times today? No. Yet, though they predicted imminent disaster, the reconstruction went fairly smoothly, for the most part. Media thrives on disaster and pain; it survives by creating a climate of fear that glues people to their television sets, radios and newspapers. Hence the old adage "no news is good news."

Secondly, government, and preferably popular, commitment are crucial for victory. This includes both the willingness to absorb losses and the acceptance of a financial burden for rebuilding. Casualties and setbacks are inevitable in an enterprise the scale of a war or national reconstruction. Without a willingness to absorb the casualties that will occur, nothing could ever be attempted, no matter how needed. And without adequate financial and military support, any attempts will meet with failure, making whatever losses are incurred in vain.

There is no room for half-hearted endeavors. And, regardless of the right or wrong of entering Iraq in the first place, since America has already committed itself to reconstruction, it must follow through, unless it wishes to betray the memory of those who have fallen. Without the Marshall Plan and the American military occupation safeguarding its implementation, Germany would have degenerated into a chaotic anarchy. And from that devil’s stewpot, ultimately, a totalitarian force would have emerged in either the form of a Nazi resurgence, or more likely, a Soviet encouraged communist revolution.”

You can read the entire article Here. Please take the time to read it..

I’m all for free speech, Cindy and company certainly are bold in letting their voices be heard. I’m going to exercise my rights to free speech too..
This is what I have to say to the anti-war crowd;

“Take a lesson from history. Go and have another “Woodstock” if that’s what you need.

We’re fighting a war now, so sit down and shut-up!”

Oh, yeah, I wouldn’t recommend spitting on any troops either.

Thanks again to The Canada Free Press and Alexander Rubin for their excellant article.

God bless America


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