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Thursday, May 31, 2012

This Grates

Every time I hear or read of someone making this charge, it makes me want to scream.  The charge?

The United States - and the rest of the free world - "didn't do enough" to stop the Nazis' extermination of Jews in Europe in the 1940's.

I read it again today:

"Among this year's 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mr. Obama posthumously honored Jan Karski. As a member of the Polish underground during World War II, Karski was the first to provide eyewitness evidence of the Nazi extermination of Jews in occupied Europe. In 1942, he sneaked into the Warsaw ghetto and a German death camp, then made it out to London and Washington—no easy task at the time—to call on Western leaders to save the Jews. This effort included a meeting with President Roosevelt. But Karski was ignored. 'No one did enough,' Karski said later. But he did more than anyone at the time."

Karski can be forgiven for having said that.  After all, he's dead.  And, to be sure, he lived the nightmare.

But no one did enough to end the Nazi nightmare?

How much more American blood would have been "enough"?

America didn't do enough.  Bullshit.

* For those wondering, the second photo is of the World War II Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, France, where 10,489 American soldiers - none of whom "did enough" - but all of whom would have otherwise lead happy, productive lives back home had they not made the ultimate sacrifice - are buried.  In all, over 400,000 Americans gave their lives so that this guy could denigrate their service by saying they - in dying - "didn't do enough."

Take it somewhere else.  I have no patience for it.