Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Asian Armageddon

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March 7th, 2007

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in 1953, Cambridge biologist William Hughes visits accused murderer Maurice Wilkins in prison. He asks, “What can you tell me about your research into DNA?” Wilkins looks away and replies with a question. “What did she tell you?” Hughes is flabbergasted by this response. “Why don't you just tell me what you were doing?” Wilkins, cowed by his night in jail, breaks down and sobs, “You don't understand. This research... it's the kind of thing you dream of. The kind of thing that comes around maybe once a century; it's a Nobel prize, immortality.” Hughes leans in close and whispers, “Did she convince you to kill them for their research?” Wilkins' head snaps up and his eyes bore into Hughes' for a long moment. “It wasn't their research; and I didn't kill them.” Hughes, shocked at Wilkins' admission, theorizes, “It's her research – Miss Franklin's?” Wilkins lips thinned, and he nodded curtly. “A woman should be at home, raising babies,” he said, bitterly. “I thought I'd teach her a lesson. I showed James and Francis what she'd been working on. Thought I could just get a boost from them, then finish up myself, cut the legs right out from under her. I didn't think they'd be able to finish so fast.” He leaned in close to Hughes and said vehemently, “I didn't kill them. They were dead when I got there. She convinced me to take the gun and we cleaned out their notes together.” Hughes asked, “Do you think that she killed them?” Wilkins shook his head. “I don't know.” Hughes had to add, “Did you take the shots at me?” Wilkins shook his head. Professor Hughes speaks with the police and persuades them to bring in Doctor Rosalind Franklin.

Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil W..
In 1947 the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resumed full-fledged Civil War inviting in both American and Soviet troops as the world headed for Armageddon. Due to the size of the landmass, both sides quickly resorted to irregular weapons including nuclear warheads and also those ..
.. recently impounded from Japan's Unit 731 for Manufacturing and Employing of Bacteriological Weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction was only prevented by the limitations of 1940s technology, and eventually a compromise was reached to partition China into North and South spheres of influence demarked by the Yangtze River. Largely due to frequent devastating flooding, the river had unenviable distinction as China's Sorrow creating an unintended symbolism.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1969 Golda Meir was elected as the first female Prime Minister of Israel. As the BBC put it, Golda Meir was the 'Iron Lady' of Israeli politics years before the epithet was coined for Margaret Thatcher. David Ben-Gurion once described her as 'the only man in the Cabinet.' Mis-execution .. Golda Meir
Golda Meir
.. and poor preparation for the Yom Kippur War forced her Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan to announce the Fall of the Third Temple as the State of Israel was overwhelmed by Arab Forces. Meir died of cancer in exile in her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1977. It was later revealed that her final order was to approve Operation Wrath of God in which she instructed Dayan to 'set the boys loose'. Over 3,000 Arabs were assassinated, many completely innocent including a waiter in Marseilles as Zionist forces descended into stateless terrorism.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Al Gore
Al Gore
In 2002 the IX Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah were opened by Confederate President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1945 Axis soldiers of Anglo-American seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany and begin to cross into the Weimar Republic. Ludendorff Bridge
Ludendorff Brid..

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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