Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today in History

In 1945.... The Russian Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp. It has been estimated that over 1.5 million people (mostly Jews and others considered sub-human by the Nazis) died in this camp in the period of time of it's operation. Even today, I can not find words that I can use to describe my disgust with any person who would be able to participate in such horrors. Unfortunately this attitude and mindset still continues in various parts of the world, Africa, Asia and Europe have all had their moments of madness with "ethnic cleansing" much to the shame of of all mankind.

As Edmund Burke so well put it:

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

In 1967..... Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died when fire swept through their Apollo I space capsule at Cape Canaveral Fl. The quest for space and the moon was always loaded with risk. These brave men were the first to pay with their lives the cost of challenging the unknown. Unfortunately, they would not be the last to do so.

In 1973...... The Vietnam cease-fire was signed. This was the war of my generation. A war that changed almost every thing America was and would ever be. I make no statement about the war, whether it was just or not, but to this day, I honor the warriors who went to that far away land and fought and died because their country called.

To our everlasting shame, we blamed the men (and women) who served and fought, not the war, for all the evils that have occurred since that time.

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