July 19, 2018, 6:08 am
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March of Disasters, Dictators

SIMULTANEOUSLY with this political purification of our public life, the Government of the Reich will undertake a thorough moral purging of the body corporate of the nation...Absolutely authoritative leadership in internal affairs, in order to create confidence in the stability of conditions.” – Adolf Hitler, Reichstag, Berlin, 23 March 1933

“National Socialism which long ago defeated its enemies at home in a bitter struggle - without ever even considering compromise - will today and in the future deal with the enemies of the Reich abroad, as its leading force...Thus, the 542,000 dead that this Second World War has up to now claimed will not have fallen in vain. Instead, they will live on eternally in our ranks as the undying heroes and pioneers of a better age.” – Adolf Hitler, Lichthof of the Zeughaus for the Heroes’ Memorial Day, Berlin, 21 March 1943

Seventy-five years ago, humans were embroiled in a destructive trans-continental conflict: Battle of the Bismarck Sea (U.S. Fifth Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force plus 10 U.S. Navy PT boats under the command of Lieutenant Commander Barry Atkins in the South West Pacific Area versus Japanese convoy of eight destroyers and eight troop transports with an escort of 100 fighter planes), Battle of Fardykambos (Battle of Bougazi between the National Liberation Front or EAM-ELAS of the Greek Resistance versus the Italian garrison of Grevena), Battle of Sokolovo (First Czechoslovak Independent Field Battalion together with the Soviet Red Army versus the Wehrmacht), and Battle of El Guettar (Tunisia Campaign, German Army Group Africa of General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim and Italian General Giovanni Messe versus US II Corps of Lieutenant General George Patton).

The original United Nations led by the Allies battled the Axis and their Fascist International: Operatsia Polyarnaya Zvezda (Operation Polar Star of the Soviet Leningrad, Volkhov and Northwestern Fronts against the German Army Group North), Koriukivka massacre (the Nazi SS and collaborationist auxiliary police murdered 6,700 villagers in Ukraine), Operation Creek (Operation Longshanks whereby the British Calcutta Light Horse and the Calcutta Scottish destroyed the German merchant ship EHRENFELS and its secret transmitter in the neutral harbor of Portugal’s territory of Goa), and Chatyń massacre (the Schutzmannschaft Battalion 118 of Ukrainische Hilfspolizei with the Dirlewanger Waffen-SS special battalion machine-gunned and burned 156 villagers in Belarus).

This was the confrontation that tested both the vitality of National Socialism and Fascism as well as the power of Democracy. “The present war is not a war of nation against nation. It is a revolutionary war, it is a war of faiths in which the nations themselves are divided.”

“Our banner is the banner of liberty, democracy and Christian civilization against slavery, tyranny and barbarism.” [The Lord Bishop Of Chichester, House of Lords, UK Parliament, 10 March 1943; http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1943/mar/10/germany-and-the-hitlerite-state]

In this deadly contest, the pennant of free will and enlightenment was not to be denied to the non-Western societies. “I can imagine that some time next year — but it may well be the year after — we might beat Hitler, by which I mean beat him and his powers of evil into death, dust, and ashes. Then we shall immediately proceed to transport all the necessary additional forces and apparatus to the other side of the world to punish the greedy, cruel Empire of Japan, to rescue China from her long torment, to free our territory and that of our Dutch allies, and to drive the Japanese menace forever from Australian, New Zealand, and Indian shores.”

“On this assumption it would be our hope that the United Nations, headed by the three great victorious Powers, the British Commonwealth of Nations, the United States, and Soviet Russia, should immediately begin to confer upon the future world organization which is to be our safeguard against further wars by effectually disarming and keeping disarmed the guilty States, by bringing to justice the grand criminals and their accomplices, and by securing the return to the devastated and subjugated countries of the mechanical resources and artistic treasures of which they have been pillaged.” [Winston Churchill, “A Four Years’ Plan: A broadcast survey of post-war reconstruction,” 21 March 1943]

The Total War highlighted the exercise of civil liberties in both the Axis (Rosenstrasse protest) and the Allied (March 10, 1943 negotiations to prevent a coal strike by the United Mine Workers of America) areas. In South Asia, meanwhile, some 2.1 million Indians died in the Bengal famine of 1943.

These events of seven decades past sadly reverberate today as some Austrians set into “Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung” (self-examination in regard to the Anschluss), Xi Dada transmogrifies into “Chairman of Everything” and Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled (among others) “Sarmat” (missile system with a heavy intercontinental missile) and “Kinzhal” (high-precision hypersonic aircraft missile system). [AFP News, 11 March 2018; http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/56957]

On the private sector side, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk told the audience at this year’s SXSW: “If there’s a third world war we want to make sure there’s enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring it back and shorten the length of the dark ages.” Also: “AI is much more dangerous than nukes. So why do we have no regulatory oversight?” [https://ph.yahoo.com/news/space-bases-could-preserve-civilization-world-war-iii-041139802.html]

Other matters of interest this week:

(1)    There is an urgent need for accelerated research and development for Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease, Lassa fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Nipah and henipaviral diseases, Rift Valley fever (RVF), Zika, and Disease X. “Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease, and so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown ‘Disease X’ as far as possible.” [http://www.who.int/blueprint/priority-diseases/en/]

(2)    US President Donald J. Trump accepted the Commerce Department’s recent conclusion that imported steel and aluminum “threaten to impair the national security,” and is taking action to “protect America” via Proclamation dated 08 March 2018. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-adjusting-imports-steel-united-states/
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