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Sergey Lavrov to NATO: Stop Whipping-Up Tension

April 9, 2014

Lavrov Urges NATO to Stop 'Groundless Whipping-Up of Tension'


Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, is a voice of reason on the crisis in Ukraine and stability in Europe.  The following article, written by Lavrov, was not published in a single newspaper in the United States.  Why are Americans being kept in the dark about the Russian point of view on the crisis in the Ukraine?

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has written an important article about the Neo-Con's orchestrated crisis in the Ukraine. This piece, which has not been published in any U.S. newspaper, was published in The Guardian (U.K.) on April 7.   

It's not Russia that is destabilizing Ukraine

The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world.

Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidizing its economy through low energy prices. Last November, at the outset of the current crisis, we supported Kiev's wish for urgent consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU to discuss harmonizing the integration process. Brussels flatly rejected it. This stand reflected the unproductive and dangerous line the EU and US have been taking for a long time. They have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences.

Ukraine's realities notwithstanding, massive support was provided to political movements promoting western influence, and it was done in direct breach of the Ukrainian constitution. This is what happened in 2004, when President Viktor Yushchenko won an unconstitutional third round of elections introduced under EU pressure. This time round, power in Kiev was seized undemocratically, through violent street protests conducted with the direct participation of ministers and other officials from the US and EU countries.

Assertions that Russia has undermined efforts to strengthen partnerships on the European continent do not correspond to the facts. On the contrary, our country has steadily promoted a system of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We proposed signing a treaty to that effect, and advocated the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific which would also be open to post-Soviet countries.

In the meantime, western states, despite their repeated assurances to the contrary, have carried out successive waves of NATO enlargement, moved the alliance's military infrastructure eastward and begun to implement antimissile defense plans. The EU's Eastern Partnership program is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia. Attempts by those who staged the secession of Kosovo from Serbia and of Mayotte from the Comoros to question the free will of Crimeans cannot be viewed as anything but a flagrant display of double standards. No less troubling is the presence of not noticing that the main danger for the future of Ukraine is the spread of chaos by extremists and neo-Nazis.

Russia is doing all it can to promote early stabilization in Ukraine. We are firmly convinced that this can be achieved through, among other steps: real constitutional reform, which would ensure the legitimate rights of all Ukrainian regions and respond to demands from its south-eastern region to make Russian the state's second official language; firm guarantees on Ukraine's non-aligned status to be enshrined in its laws, thus ensuring its role as a connecting link in an indivisible European security architecture; and urgent measures to halt activity by illegal armed formations of the Right Sector and other ultra-nationalist groups.

We are not imposing anything on anyone; we just see that if it is not done, Ukraine will continue to spiral into crisis with unpredictable consequences. We stand ready to join international efforts aimed at achieving these goals. We support the appeal by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland to implement the 21 February agreement. Their proposal – to hold Russia-EU talks with the participation of Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership states about the consequences of EU association agreements – corresponds to our position.

The world of today is not a junior school where teachers assign punishments at will. Belligerent statements such as those heard at the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on 1 April do not match demands for a de-escalation. De-escalation should begin with rhetoric. It is time to stop the groundless whipping-up of tension, and to return to serious common work.

Source:  "It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine" by Sergei Lavrov, The Guardian (U.K.), April 7, 2014
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/07/sergei-lavrov-russia-stabilise-ukraine-west
 

Remembering the Fire-Bombing of Dresden

February 13, 2013

The fire-bombing of the city of Dresden in February 1945 became probably the most controversial operation carried out by British and American forces during the Second World War…

A fire storm engulfed the old centre of Dresden. It was deliberately created to leave no human life in its wake. Men looked from above, aghast at what they had wrought. Men, women and children down below were boiled alive in the supposed sanctuary of fountains and reservoirs.
“In the eye of the firestorm” by Roger Hutchinson, The Scotsman, February 7, 2004


The city of Dresden was utterly destroyed in the fire-bombing of February 13-14, 1945.


The corpses of Dresden were burned in piles and buried in a mass grave.  Despite the huge loss of life there is no memorial to commemorate those killed in the Anglo-American fire-bombing of February 1945.  Dresden is a holocaust that is not remembered.
 

Sources and Recommended Reading:

“Bollyn's Letter from Slaughterhouse Five” by Christopher Bollyn, February 19, 2004
http://www.bollyn.com/bollyns-letter-from-slaughterhouse-five/

“Dresden media picks up Bollyn's work” by Christopher Bollyn, February 23, 2004
http://www.bollyn.com/dresden-media-picks-up-bollyns-work/

“In the eye of the firestorm” by Roger Hutchinson, The Scotsman, February 7, 2004
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/features/in-the-eye-of-the-firestorm-1-512843 

“The Passing of Kurt Vonnegut - An Eyewitness to the Holocaust of Dresden” by Christopher Bollyn, April 12, 2007
http://www.bollyn.com/the-passing-of-kurt-vonnegut/ 

Is Denmark Being Set Up?

Why is a Nation Known for Pork Attacking Islam?

By Christopher Bollyn
14 February 2008

I must say that I was somewhat surprised to read today in the New York Times that 17 newspapers in Denmark had reprinted the most offensive anti-Muslim cartoon from early 2006. For so many newspapers in tiny Denmark to re-publish the offensive cartoon in concert, on the very same day, indicates that the anti-Muslim conspiracy and agenda I discussed two years ago are, indeed, real, alive, and active.

See: "Why the European Press is Provoking Muslims" and other articles on Flemming Rose by Christopher Bollyn, February 3, 2006
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=84976

One might reasonably ask why one of the smallest and weakest countries in the world, with a population of less than 6 million, would want to inflame the passions and provoke the 1.5 billion Muslims of the world? It simply doesn't make any sense, especially for a nation like Denmark that depends on its exports.

Didn't Danes pay an extremely high price in 2006 when Muslim nations boycotted Danish products and mobs attacked their embassies? Why would any sensible Dane want to see that happen again? Are they completely insane?

Why would Danes be so eager to offend Muslims? Are they simply trying to spice up a long winter and an otherwise boring existence or is there a foreign agenda at work here?


It certainly looks like Shakespeare had it right when he wrote, "Something is rotten in the kingdom of Denmark."

Is Denmark being set up for a false-flag terror attack? That seems very likely, given the absurdity of this latest anti-Muslim offense.

DENMARK THE CRUSADER

Denmark is an active member of the anti-Muslim crusade known as the "War on Terrorism." Knowing that this fraudulent "War on Terrorism" is nothing but a Zionist scheme to drag corrupt Western nations into illegal wars of aggression against Muslim nations -- on behalf of Israel -- it stands to reason that Denmark must be both corrupt and dominated by strong Zionist-Jewish forces. There must, after all, be a good reason why other Scandinavians have traditionally called the Danes the "Jews of Scandinavia."

Remember, the Zionist false-flag terror of 9-11 was carried out in New York City, the most Jewish-controlled city outside of Israel. Zionist control of the media, the police and courts, and the government, is essential for such false-flag attacks, in which Muslims are wrongly blamed, to succeed.

Denmark is an active coalition partner and Danish troops are taking part in the illegal foreign occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Some 380 Danish soldiers are also in Kosovo. About the same number are in Afghanistan, where they have been since 2001. Danish troops are also patrolling the borders of Lebanon. What has Denmark lost in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, or Kosovo?

This extremely irresponsible deployment by the Danish military supports the theory that the nation's leaders are stupid as well as corrupt. How else could this tiny nation of 5.5 million people be involved in 4 unmitigated foreign disasters at the same time? How do they possibly explain such criminal use of Danish armed forces to the people? (This is the same question I have been asking other Nordic and Baltic nations.) Is this another nation on Prozac?

The controlled media uses the cartoon controversy, of course. They say that the Danish troops are fighting Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, while the Danish media is waging the same war on the home front. The Zionist media moguls of Denmark are using the offensive cartoons to try to inflame the completely artificial and fraudulent "Clash of Civilizations." How transparent do such media deceptions have to be in order to see through them? Will this nonsense spread or will it be contained to Denmark?

The offensive drawing by Kurt Westergaard depicts the Prophet of Islam wearing a ridiculous turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse. How stupid can a cartoonist be?

The Danish papers all claim that they are showing their commitment to freedom of speech after police arrested three people accused of plotting to kill Westergaard. This is pure rubbish. There is no such thing as freedom of speech in Denmark. Just try to question the Holocaust in a Danish newspaper and see what happens.

Westergaard, who certainly can not be called a "foolish young man," displays the same profound cultural ignorance and provincial behavior as the Danish government and media. Hasn't this man ever been out of Denmark or Greenland, its largest colony?


Westergaard says that he didn't think that his intentionally offensive drawing would be offensive. Is he on drugs? Didn't he even read a simple encyclopedia article about Islam, the religion he is dedicated to attacking? Can't he read?


If Westergaard is truly keen on preserving Europe's so-called "freedom of speech" and attacking its "holy cows," which are protected from criticism, why doesn't he increase the number of his fronts, like the Danish military, and start drawing offensive cartoons about the Holocaust? Why is the controlled media's version of European-Jewish history protected from such satire and criticism?


"With this drawing I wanted to show how fanatical Islamists or terrorists use religion as a kind of spiritual weapon," Westergaard said. "Naturally I never imagined these kinds of reactions."

Westergaard may simply be extremely daft or desperate for money, but why would normal Danes go along with offending 1.5 billion Muslims? What is wrong with these people?


Because Denmark is a very small country and is generally not very well known by outsiders, let's look at who these Danes are.


Today, on BBC World television, I saw a very piggish-looking Danish woman defending the re-printing of the offensive cartoon. Although I didn't catch her name, she certainly looked like a pig, which happens to be the favorite food and most common animal species in Denmark. She certainly had some of the pig in her.


While Danes may be very nice looking, they really sound quite awful when they speak. This is because Danish is a very primitive language, like Norwegian, but the Danes have preserved all the animal-like guttural grunts and burp sounds of the Vikings. It is not unfair to say that Danish does not sound very nice.


But not all the grunts and burps one hears in Denmark are coming from the people. There are five times as many pigs in Denmark as people. Imagine that.

Pigs are known to be very intelligent animals and certainly have some rights too. Pigs are certainly more intelligent than the people who publish the newspapers of Denmark!


Perhaps Denmark should consider changing its name to Svinmark (Pigmark) and rename its capital, Grishagen (Pigharbor) to reflect the fact that the overwhelming majority of its population is, in fact, pigs. (Danes are fighting to support such changes in Kosovo, a part of Serbia, after all, to reflect the majority Albanian population.)


The swine industry in Denmark is one of the most important parts of the Danish economy. In terms of value of annual turnover, Danish Crown Cooperative for pig production is the third largest company in the country. Some 60,000 Danes are employed in the pork industry. Thanks to the "War on Terrorism," many of the Danes who can't find jobs slopping muck in the pig houses of Denmark are able to find jobs in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Iraq.


The Danes even have a National Committee for Pig Production, which conducts research on pig production and processing. Danes, it must be said, are known for keeping pigs in extremely inhumane conditions. Danish pigs don't spend a single day of their lives in the fresh air running free. This is partly because Denmark is so small that there is no space for the pigs to run around. It is also because the Danes love pork with a lot of fat.


In order to increase the fat content of the pig, Danish pig farmers severely restrict the movement of the pig. A Danish pig spends its entire life in a pig-house stall where it can only stand and sit until it is slaughtered. In all honesty, this can only be described as extremely cruel treatment of animals.


While the number of pork producers in Denmark has declined over the past 30 years, falling from about 80,000 in 1975 to about 10,000 in 2004, the number of pigs produced during that same time has more than doubled: from 11.3 million in 1970 to 25.2 million in 2004. This is in a tiny nation of some 5 million people!


Danes obviously eat a lot of pork. According to a Danish study, Danes ate approximately 122 pounds per capita in 2004. Some 85-90 percent of Danish pork production is exported, making Denmark the world's largest pork exporter. Danes clearly live off the backs of pigs.


The study of Danish society, written by Danish scientists, "politely" described Danish food as "unmemorable."


"'Danish cuisine' is an oxymoron," the paper, entitled "Why Danes are smug," said, "except perhaps the open faced 'butter breads' that accompany the beer and aquavit Danes consume for lunch."


Aquavit is a distilled grain alcohol product containing about 40 percent alcohol by volume. Danes drink this "for lunch," as the study noted.


Danes do, indeed, drink and smoke a great deal. Danes are among the highest consumers of alcohol and tobacco in Europe. This is reflected in causes of death and their low life expectancy.


A reviewer of the Danish study suggested that one reason that Danes seem smug may be that they were drunk when they participated in the European surveys. While this may sound silly, it is actually based on a good understanding of Danish society; Danish workers and firemen traditionally enjoy their first beer break at about 10 a.m.



Christopher Bollyn is an independent American journalist dedicated to exposing the lies of 9-11 and the fraudulent "War on Terrorism." Bollyn considers a correct understanding of these hoaxes to be essential to preserving the values of our shared civilization.


Bollyn has lived and worked in Scandinavia, including a stint on a Norwegian farm that had a "grishus" or pig-house in which the pigs were kept in inhumane conditions very similar to those found in Denmark.

The Bollyn family is strongly opposed to the inhumane treatment of animals and human beings. That's one of the reasons he is dedicated to bringing out the truth of 9-11.

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Sources:


"Denmark: Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon" Agence France-Presse, February 14, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/world/europe/14briefs-cartoon.html?ref=world

"Why the European Press is Provoking Muslims" by Christopher Bollyn, February 3, 2006
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=84976
 


"Why Danes are smug: comparative study of life satisfaction in the European Union" by Kaare Christensen, Professor, Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark; Anne Maria Herskind, paediatrician, Odense University Hospital, Denmark; James W Vaupel, director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, D-18057 Rostock, Germany

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1761170


"Danish Pork Industry" series of articles, Euken, Russ, Iowa State University, Livestock Specialist
http://www.thepigsite.com/articles/1/health-and-welfare/1733/danish-pork-industry-lessons-to-be-learned-part-1

 

Christmas Letter - 2007 - Rejecting the War Agenda & Standing Up for Peace

That peace, which was initiated not by presidents or prime ministers,
but by the soldiers themselves, serves to this day as a reminder
that war is seldom so necessary -
nor so unstoppable -
as politicians would have us believe.

- John Nichols on the
Christmas Truce of 1914

 

Rejecting the War Agenda & Standing Up for Peace

Christmas Letter 2007
By Christopher Bollyn
 

Christmas is a truly wonderful time as Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Prince of Peace.  It is a time when the peace of God fills our hearts and souls.

 

Unfortunately, Christmas 2007 also marks the beginning of the 7th year of the fraudulent "War on Terror" and the 17th year of the utterly criminal and genocidal Anglo-American aggression against Iraq. 

In this dismal era of criminal governments and illegal wars of aggression, I am inspired by the Christmas Truce of 1914.  This spontaneous ceasefire on the Western Front during World War I began when German and British soldiers fighting in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, became filled with the spirit of Christmas and started singing their beloved carols.

 

The unofficial truce began on Christmas Eve, when German troops began decorating the trees around their trenches. They put candles on trees and sang Christmas carols, most notably "Stille Nacht."  

 

"Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht," the Germans sang.  The British soldiers in their trenches responded by singing "Silent Night" in English.

Then, as it has been reported, a German soldier climbed out of the trench holding a small tree lit with candles and shouted in broken English, "Merry Christmas. We not shoot. You not shoot."

 

From the simple act of the soldiers in the trenches singing carols, the peace of Christmas spread quickly up and down the Western Front and the guns of war fell silent as more than one million men defied orders and personally rejected the war agenda.  The soldiers laid down their weapons, exchanged gifts, and played soccer with soldiers on the other side -- and buried their dead.




German and British soldiers enjoying the Christmas Truce of 1914
Like them, we should reject the war agenda - at Christmas and always.

 

Along some stretches of the Western Front, the truce lasted into January of 1915. The spontaneous truce started by the soldiers was strongly opposed by the higher levels of the military.  Senior commanders sabotaged the truce and forced the fighting to begin anew.  For the duration of the war, artillery bombardments were specifically ordered on Christmas Eve to prevent another Christmas truce from breaking out.

 

"A Carol from Flanders" by Frederick Niven (1878-1944) recounts the spontaneous Christmas Truce of 1914 when a million soldiers put down their guns and celebrated Christmas:

 

O ye who read this truthful rime

From Flanders, kneel and say:

God speed the time when every day

Shall be as Christmas Day.

 

"GOD SPEED THE TIME"

 

This Christmas, all of us should decide to be like those soldiers on the Western Front in 1914.  As citizens of America, Europe, Australia, and the other nations that have been deceived into fighting these evil wars, we should make a New Year's resolution to stand up for peace and completely reject the false logic and lies of the war agenda. 

We must not only pray for peace at Christmas, but as Niven wrote, we should endeavor so that every day "shall be as Christmas Day."

 

It is not wishful thinking or idealism to reject the war agenda.  It is our obligation as citizens.  We must stop the evil and fraudulent "War on Terror" if we want to preserve our way of life, the peace and prosperity of our nations, and the values of Western civilization.

 

After six years, we should realize that we can not wait for the media, the churches, or our government leaders to stop the war agenda.  They are clearly not at all inclined to do so.  These institutions are obviously supporting the "War on Terror."  Therefore, as individual citizens, we must decide that we will stand for peace and do everything we can to resist the war agenda. 

 

A COMPLETE CATASTROPHE

 

When the independent journalist Dahr Jamail, who has spent a great deal of time in Iraq, was interviewed recently, he was asked what life was like "for ordinary people in Iraq?"

 

Jamail responded:

 

There is no ordinary life. On all levels the basic infrastructure in Iraq is far worse than before the invasion.

 

Unemployment is between 60 to 70 percent, the average home has only up to five hours of electricity a day, there are ongoing gas shortages, and 70 percent of Iraqis do not have access to drinkable water.

 

Over half the medical workers have fled the country, and the situation in the hospitals is worse today than it was than during the punitive United Nations sanctions following the first Gulf War in 1991.

 

The occupation of Iraq is a complete catastrophe, and one could easily argue that is the result of a genocidal policy conducted by the current Bush administration, the former Clinton administrations, and the Bush senior administration before that.

 

This is a bipartisan war against Iraq by successive US administrations that has spanned decades and resulted in the destruction of the country.

 

By now it should be abundantly clear that the "War on Terror" is a huge criminal fraud.  The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were based on lies, false premises, and the intentional deception of the public.  Furthermore, the war agenda is bankrupting our national treasury and destroying our way of life. 

 

If we had a feud with a neighbor because we suspected that neighbor had stolen or damaged our property, but then learned that someone else had committed the crime, what should our response be? 

 

We would naturally want to apologize and make amends.  A gift to compensate for the hard feelings would be appropriate.  Why has something similar not happened with the United States vis-à-vis Iraq or Afghanistan?  Why have the Democrats, the opposition party in the United States, not demanded an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from these disastrous and costly conflicts that were started on false pretenses and lies?  Why has the media not called for an end to the fighting?  Why are the leaders of the largest religious denominations absolutely silent on these highly illegal and unjust conflicts?

 

There is only one explanation for the compliance of these institutions with these illegal wars of aggression – they are all either supporting the "War on Terror" or are afraid of opposing it.

 

Rejecting the false and evil logic of the fraudulent "War on Terror," however, is a moral obligation we owe to our children, our nations, and our civilization.

 

We should try to see ourselves as the rest of the world sees us.  Imagine that the United States and Canada were independent peaceful republics that minded their own business, like Switzerland.  Imagine that instead of our nations, the great Russian Bear were engaged in global adventures and war-mongering. 

 

Imagine Russia's President Vladimir Putin were sending tens of thousands of troops into conflicts around the world and that Russian forces were supporting the occupation regimes in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq while Russian companies stole their most precious resources.  Imagine that Russia were supporting an ethnic civil war in North America and providing troops and military equipment for an illegal drug-running militia bringing narcotics into the United States. 

 

How would peace-loving Americans and Canadians feel about President Putin and Russia if he were doing what we are?  Russia is not the war-mongering beast committing war crimes and aggression around the world – we are.  We have met the beast and it is us.  

 

ISLAM IS PEACE

 

This year, Christmas begins at the end of the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

 

Islam, grossly misrepresented in the Zionist-controlled media, is truly a religion that cherishes "Salaam" - peace.  The word "Islam" means more than "peace."  It means to give oneself completely to God and to enter into a covenant of peace with Him. 

 

The word "Islam" is derived from "Salaam."  The Arabic concept of Salaam is much more than the mere absence of violence and aggression.  It means total well being and happiness.  Al-Salam is also one of the 99 Names of God in the Koran.

 

The traditional Arabic greeting for both Muslim and Christian Arabs is "As-Salamu Alikum," which literally means "peace be upon you."  The response is, "Wa Alikum As-Salaam, or "and upon you be peace."  Peace is the true Islamic way of life.

 

The traditional Hebrew greeting, "Shalom Alichem," means the same thing.  Unfortunately, the Israeli government has been hijacked by radicals of the most extreme right-wing and militant faction of Zionism – the sons and daughters of the former Irgun terrorists of Vladimir Jabotinsky. 

 

These Zionist terrorists, people like Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Ehud Olmert, and "Zippy" Livni, have created a fortress state in Palestine and are clearly unable to deliver peace or prosperity to the Israelis or the Palestinians.  These fanatical Jewish-supremacists are determined to create the same fear and bring their Zionist wars and fortress mentality to the people of the United States and the West.  As Westerners and Americans, we must reject this mentality, utterly and completely.

 

The false-flag terror attacks that now occur with sickening regularity are not Islamic terrorism.  They are false-flag attacks committed by Israeli agents, which are specifically designed to be blamed on Islam.   The purpose of this outrageous terrorism is to convince the people of the West that radical Muslims, all across the Islamic world, are waging war against us, when clearly it is we who are the aggressors. 

 

False-flag terrorism, such as 9-11 and the subsequent bombings in London, Bali, and Madrid, provide an excuse for Western armies to occupy Islamic nations and loot their wealth, which is the real logic behind the war agenda. 

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The British injured from "The Great War" that took more than 20 million lives.

Like the soldiers on the Western Front at Christmas 1914, we must forcefully reject the madness of the war agenda, individually and as nations, and stand up for peace at Christmas -- and forever more.

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Merry Christmas,


Christopher Bollyn

 

Sources and Recommended Reading:


Final Declaration of the Axis for Peace Conference, Brussels 2005, Signed by Christopher Bollyn, Helje Kaskel, and scores of other peace activists

http://www.axisforpeace.net/article681.html

 

"International terrorism does not exist" by General Leonid Ivashov, Axis for Peace 2005

http://www.voltairenet.org/article133909.html

 

Denson, John V., "Soldiers Against War:  The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce"

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/denson4.html

 

Nichols, John, "Short Peace In A Terrible War"
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?pid=44799

 

"Dahr Jamail Interview: Iraq Occupation in the Eye of the Storm," Socialist Worker, 1 December 2007

www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=13631

 

Khaleel, Kaasen, Wrongly Blamed, 2007 Knowledge House Publishers, Buffalo Grove, IL
http://knowledgehousepublishers.com/proddetail.asp?prod=9002&from=ALL

 

The Passing of Kurt Vonnegut

The Passing of Kurt Vonnegut -
An Eyewitness to the Holocaust of Dresden

By Christopher Bollyn
12 April 2007

Who is more to be pitied,
a writer bound and gagged by policemen
or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- Kurt Vonnegut in Bluebeard (1987)

I am truly sad to hear that Kurt Vonnegut has left us.  He is one person that I really wanted to meet and now I regret that I didn't.  Having read Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) in high school and having lived a month at the slaughterhouse where he survived the fire bombing of Dresden in 1945, I would have very much liked to spend a few hours in Dresden, or anywhere for that matter, with Mr. Vonnegut.

SCHLACHTHOF 5

I wound up staying at Dresden's Alter Schlachthof, the old slaughterhouse, quite by accident.  On February 14, 2004, exactly 59 years after the Allied fire bombing of Dresden, I took my family to hear the Mozart Requiem at Dresden's Semper Oper and we needed to find an affordable hotel.



We grabbed a taxi at the train station and I asked the driver for an inexpensive hotel. He drove about a mile from the town center down a wooded lane and through a large portal in a long wall that ran along the street.

We passed through the portal and entered into a large complex of well built but unused buildings that had a massive and most unusual tower structure in the middle.
 
A few hundred feet from the portal stood a small modern hotel, clearly from a later and less grand era, where we took a room.  We wound up staying in there for several weeks.
 
The next day I walked around a bit and asked a groundskeeper some questions about what this large complex had been in the past.  Eventually I learned that it had been a very famous and scientific modern slaughterhouse designed by Hans Erlwein in the early 1900s.  In recent years it had been abandoned and most of the buildings were no longer used.


The meat cellar

At the main entrance of the complex stood some very impressive buildings, one of which had the number 5 by the door.  That building was the administration building and at the time that the complex served as a prison camp, the Allied POWs knew their camp by the post address for this main building:  "Schlachthof 5." 
  

As a 22-year-old POW, Kurt Vonnegut survived the fire-bombing of Dresden because he and the other prisoners had the good fortune to have been kept at the slaughterhouse where they had been taken into the well-built and deep meat cellar.  The groundskeeper took me into the cellar so I could see where Vonnegut had survived the holocaust of Dresden.

I was surprised to learn that very few people knew that Allied prisoners had survived the bombing in the meat cellar of the old slaughterhouse and that one of them, Kurt Vonnegut from Indianapolis, had written a very famous book about what he had experienced in Dresden – 24 years later.

Vonnegut wrote about how he, as the character Billy, had survived the fire-bombing in Slaughterhouse-Five:
Billy was down in the meat locker on the night that Dresden was destroyed. There were sounds like giant footsteps above. Those were sticks of high-explosive bombs. The giants walked and walked.

The meat locker was a very safe shelter. A guard would go to the head of the stairs every so often to see what it was like outside, then he would come down and whisper to the other guards. There was a fire storm out there. Dresden was one big flame. The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn.
 


Dresden in total ruins

Today, the day after Vonnegut passed away at age 84, the BBC played part of an interview with him.  He said that he had been an eyewitness to the worst massacre in European history.  Vonnegut was under the impression that about 135,000 people had been incinerated in the holocaust of Dresden.

This number is at the low end of the death toll estimates from the Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day holocaust of Dresden.
 
The post-war British and American historians have greatly downplayed the number of victims and the size and viciousness of the Allied war crime that was the incineration – the holocaust of the hundreds of thousands of innocent people and the architectural masterpiece known as Florence on the Elbe.

Another eyewitness, the late August Kuklane, had spent time in Dresden looking for his Estonian parents among the hundreds of thousands of refugees that had sought refuge in Dresden during the desperate winter of 1945.  Kuklane told me that the number of people estimated to have perished in the city center that had been totally destroyed by fire was about 600,000.
 
Both Vonnegut and Kuklane witnessed American fighter planes strafing the survivors of the holocaust of Dresden:

"American fighter planes came in under the smoke to see if anything was moving. They saw Billy and the rest moving down there. The planes sprayed them with machine gun bullets but the bullets missed," Vonnegut wrote.

"Then they saw some other people moving down by the riverside and they shot at them. They hit some of them. So it goes."


The corpses of Dresden were burned in piles and then buried in a mass grave.

Article Links:

Bollyn's Letter from Slaughterhouse Five:
http://www.bollyn.com/index/?id=10657
 
Dresden Media Picks Up Bollyn's work
http://www.bollyn.com/index/?id=10659

"Estonian Patriot Was Eyewitness to Firebombing of Dresden, Nuremberg Trials;
The Historic Life of August Kuklane (1923-2006)" 
http://www.erichufschmid.net/Kuklane_Dresden_eyewitness.pdf

"The Dresden Bombing – An Eyewitness Account" by Edda West, Canada:
http://www.currentconcerns.ch/archive/2003/02/20030230.php 
 

Musical links:
Eleven young choristers from Dresden's famous Kreuzchor were among those killed in the Allied fire-bombing on February 13, 1945.

Here are two short audio samples from the Kreuzchor singing from two moving works from Rudolf Mauersberger's masterpiece, the Dresden Requiem:

Here is the opening of motet 'Wir liegt die Stadt so wüst' - 
http://www.carus-verlag.com/images-intern/medien/80/8311600/8311600.01s.mp3

Here is the opening of Introitus from Dresden Requiem –
http://www.carus-verlag.com/images-intern/medien/80/8311600/8311600.02s.mp3
 

Vonnegut Audio Links:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/625000/audio/_629620_dresden.ram

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_6540000/newsid_6547900/6547903.stm?bw=nb&mp=rm


The following is a 30-minute BBC interview with Kurt Vonnegut.  It begins (at 1:50 into the program) with an actor reading this excerpt from his book Slaughterhouse-Five about American fighter planes using their machine guns to kill the survivors of the Dresden holocaust on February 14, 1945:

American fighter planes came in under the smoke to see if anything was moving. They saw Billy and the rest moving down there. The planes sprayed them with machine gun bullets but the bullets missed.

"Then they saw some other people moving down by the riverside and they shot at them. They hit some of them. So it goes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/ram/programmes/frontrow_20060206.ram

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