Monday, October 16, 2006

Nuremburg; Cuban "Missiles"

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October 16th, 2006

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in 1946, ten war criminals of the Second World War, condemned in the Nuremberg trials are hanged. The eleventh criminal, a First World War flying ace, escapes the hangman's noose by obtaining cyanide which had likely been hidden among his personal effects when they were confiscated by the Army. In 2005, a former Army private claimed he gave "medicine" hidden inside a gift fountain pen from a German woman the private had met and flirted with. The pen was used for a two sentence suicide note "I do not personally regard the whole of the remaining cities of Germany as worth the bones of one British Grenadier. In spite of all that happened at Hamburg, bombing proved a relatively humane method." signed Arthur Travers Harris, RAF Bomber Command. -entry by Guest Historian, Stephen Payne-

in 1962, General of the US Air Force Curtis Emerson "Bombs Away" LeMay presents fresh reconnaissance data to a highly skeptical President Kennedy. Revealing evidence of Soviet nuclear missile installations on the island of Cuba, the photographs are rejected as the forgeries of hawks who seek open war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Kennedy also ignores the warnings of LeMay that compromise with the Soviet Union was impossible; instead he supported a policy of appeasement in order to stave off a third world war that would be a more horrible "Armageddon" than the second. The President could hardly be accused of inconsistency; he had after all maintained this policy since 1940 when he was the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James. -entry by Guest Historian, Stephen Payne-

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