Saturday, July 01, 2006


Atrocities, Then and Now

In World War Two, America was constantly informed of Axis atrocity stories.

Japan and Germany were notorious for taking hostages, mass executions, even destroying whole towns as “object lessons.” Let’s say an official of the occupation was killed in a town; troops would then enter the town, seize all the citizens that appeared able to do hard work and ship them off to the work camps, then kill everyone else; on occasion, even the entire town would be razed, utterly destroyed. Or a sniper would kill a couple of soldiers; a dozen or two dozen hostages would be seized at random, marched off, and shot. It was considered terror, of course. After the war, the officials that ordered those horrible crimes were tried and executed.

And, now, there’s Israel:

July 1, 2006
Report: Israel threatens Haniyeh
By Pat Nason
Israel has threatened to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister if Hamas militants do not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed, it was reported.

The warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter, as Israeli officials considered an offer by Hamas to free Cpl. Gilad Shalit -- and Israeli military officials prepared an invasion force for a second major offensive into Gaza, The Australian reported.

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