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Posted: 10/18/2001 11:55:35 AM EST
Fighting World War II with Today's Mentality I've been worried if our commitment to the Afghan campaign would develop any cracks. It seems we already started off with a disadvantages we didn't have in previous wars. Ever since the Vietnam war, there been a growing sensitivity to the negative results of warfare. This week I ran across a humorous news story that detailed how World War II would most likely be conducted if it occurred today. It's amusing, but it also presents a very sober message about the social trend towards vacillation: BOMBING RESUMES OVER GERMANY Allied bombers returned to the sky today after a month-long suspension of operations out of respect for the German holiday of Oktoberfest. Waves of B-17s, B-24s, B-25s once again pounded German anti-aircraft sites and Luftwaffe training basis in what Pentagon sources called a "precision attack" designed to weaken the war-fighting capabilities of the Hitlerite regime. "Slowly but surely, we are going to smoke Adolph out of his bunker," asserted President Truman during last night's fireside chat. Military analysts say that the continued aerial bombardment is taking its toll on the Nazi war machine. The Pentagon refused to confirm or deny whether the controversial B-29 "Superfortress" was used in today's bombing. The B-29 has been the subject of Congressional inquiry into cost over-runs as well as its safety record. Responding to German accusations that women and children continue to be killed in the 5-year long air campaign, a military spokesman said, "While we are taking every conceivable precaution, it is an unfortunate fact of war that sometimes a small amount of collateral damage is unavoidable. America sincerely regrets any inconvenience to the German people this campaign to rid the world of totalitarianism may cause." INVASION OF GERMANY NOT IN THE WORKS, SAY MILITARY EXPERTS Despite the success of the air war over Germany, the United States is a long way from sending ground troops into Europe. Military experts agree that doing so would only play into Hitler's strength. "The Hitlerites are well armed, they have a formidable panzer force, and they know the terrain. US forces would only risk being bogged down in death-traps like the Ardennes and the Ruhr Valley," said one ex-military officer interviewed. US troops setting foot on German soil would also risk breaking up the fragile alliance that Roosevelt and his successor Truman have worked so hard to keep together. "Most of the Allied countries, including Great Britain, have large populations of people with Germanic ancestry. Nobody knows how they might react to a direct invasion of the Aryan homeland by a mongrel race of mud people." Instead of sending ground troops, most experts agree, the US should concentrate on knocking out the Hitlerite command and control elements, and continuing to support German opposition parties both inside and outside the Reich. "There's a growing resistance movement in Bavaria, and direct involvement by Switzerland cannot be ruled out."
Link Posted: 10/18/2001 11:59:35 AM EST
part 2 IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO HAND OVER HITLER, TRUMAN TELLS NAZI PARTY In last night's fireside radio chat, President Truman repeated his offer for a cease fire if the Nazi Party hands over Adolph Hitler and his henchmen for trial. "We have no quarrel with Germany or with Nazism," said the president. "There are many fine Americans with German backgrounds and who hold Nazi beliefs. Our quarrel has never been with them, but rather with Hitler and his global network of militarism and intolerance." KLAN HOLDS RALLY, ASKS FOR UNDERSTANDING Members of the Invisible Empire of the Klu Klux Klan held a "God Bless America" rally today in Milwaukee. They hope that by educating Americans about who the Klan is and what it stands for, they can prevent Klan members from being targeted as victims of hate crimes. "In no way are we Nazis," asserted Grand Imperial Wizard Henry "Bubba" Winthrop. "Just because we share a belief in white supremacy and a fondness for torch-lit night-time spectacles does not mean the Klan supports in any way the Nazis' agenda for state control of industry and labor, the glorification of militarism and pseudo-Nordic mythology." Last month, an Alabama Klansman was severely beaten by a mob that mistook his cross burning for a book burning. FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Nazis, fascists, Leninists and other forms of totalitarian socialists are up sharply. There are an estimated 3 million totalitarians currently living in the United States. ARMY AIR CORPS OFFICERS CLEARED OF WRONGDOING IN DRESDEN INCIDENT A military panel has cleared all Army Air Corps personnel involved in the 1945 firebombing of the German city of Dresden - which incinerated over 45,000 civilians and set off an even bigger firestorm of anti-American protests around the world - of any misconduct. The catastrophe was due to an "unfortunate chain of events" according to the report, released yesterday. Targeting errors and an inappropriate selection of ordinance led to the disaster, which turned the once-beautiful medieval city into a pile of ashes. "Improved intelligence gathering methods and newer, more precise munitions have lessened the possibility of any future Dresdens." concluded the report. Fascist students protested in front of US Embassies in Rome, Madrid and Buenos Aires, calling the investigation a "whitewash" and an insult to totalitarians everywhere. USE OF ATOMIC BOMB RULED OUT Military planners have voted 9 to 3 against deploying the newly revealed atomic bomb that was first tested in July of 1945. A bipartisan committee of congressional and military leaders have jointly reported the bomb is too inhuman and too harmful in the environment to ever be used in battle. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is said to be furious over the decision to not utilize the nuclear bomb. "It is beyond belief that the American government would expend large amounts of time and resources to develop a weapon that could save lives and shorten the war, and yet in the most critical hour it fails to use the bomb in defense of liberty."
Link Posted: 10/18/2001 12:19:46 PM EST
This is a good read. Very insightful.
Link Posted: 10/18/2001 12:26:51 PM EST
Yes a good read but left out was the humanitatian air drops of food parcels.
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