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Thursday, September 21, 2006

My Comments Banned By MSNBC

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Here is an article I attempted to respond to at the MSNBC web site.

However, my response was denied because it contained "language which was prohibited".

Strangely, MSNBC did not tell me what they meant, so I don't know what it was I wrote that MSNBC considered objectionable or wanted me to edit.

So, I'm posting it in my own blog.

Here is the news report:



0737 Hours Eastern Time, Thursday 21 September 2006

By: Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters)
An eighty-three year old German woman deported from the United States for concealing her Nazi past as a concentration camp guard is a war criminal and should be prosecuted, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Thursday.
Efraim Zuroff, head of the agency that tracks Nazis, said that United States authorities deserved praise for their diligence in finding Elfriede Lina Rinkel, who reportedly never told her late husband, a concentration camp survivor, of her past.
The United States Justice Department said this week, Rinkel, who went to the United States in Nineteen Fifty-Nine, admitted she had served as a guard at the Ravensbrueck concentration camp for women north of Berlin for the last ten months of the Second World War.
She was deported to Germany earlier this month.
"She is a war criminal, she volunteered to work as a guard and walked around the camp watching over inmates with an attack dog," Zuroff said in a telephone interview from Jerusalem.
"There's no room for misplaced sympathy.
I hope Germans will prosecute her."
A spokeswoman for the German Justice Ministry in Berlin said they had not yet received any formal notification about Rinkel's deportation.
She added, however, the authorities would be investigating if there were any grounds for suspicion of crimes.
Rinkel has reportedly returned to stay with a sister in a town near Duesseldorf, but local authorities said they have no records of her registering with police as required.
Kurt Schrimm, state prosecutor and head of the Ludwigsburg central agency for clarification of Nazi war crimes, said he was informed about Rinkel by United States authorities, but the agency had no records of the woman, whose maiden name was Huth.
"We've searched our archives but don't have anything on her," said Schrimm, whose agency has investigated one hundred thousand cases and helped prosecutors in more than six thousand cases.
Zuroff said that the Wiesenthal Center also did not have any archive material on Rinkel, who according to the charging document filed in United States Immigration Court in San Francisco, used a trained attack dog to carry out her duties.
He said the United States Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations deserved credit for finding Rinkel, who according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper had never told her husband, a Jew who fled Nazi Germany, about her Nazi past.
Zuroff said the case was extraordinary for two reasons:
Rinkel is a woman and married a concentration camp survivor.
"It doesn't happen every day," he said.
"But it is not uncommon that the closest relatives of people who served in Nazi units will not know what their loved ones did.
This is the most difficult punishment for many - - -when their families learn what they really did during the war."
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The Reuters News Service has done a very poor job of reporting, and MSNBC should not have put this story on their web site without first doing some follow-up investigation.

In reading the article, I see no evidence presented indicating any war crime.

From what I can see, she apparently was an ordinary soldier serving on the losing side during a war.

Is the Simon Weisenthal Center stooping to pursuing common ordinary soldiers merely because they can't find anyone else to blame?

Where does it stop?

When is it enough, already?

For those who have never served, but are still so smugly sanctimonious as to parrot the phrase, "'I was only following orders' is no excuse", I can tell you that if'n you ain't "been there, done that", then you ain't nothing but an ignorant lying hypocrite.

The ordinary common soldier has no choice.

Soldiers don't get to choose where they'll serve or what job they'll do.

If a soldier refuses an order, they face court-martial, and as all soldiers know, during time of war, retribution can include summary execution.

That's true in the United States Army, it's true in the Israeli Army, and you'd better believe it was true in the Whermacht.

If there is no evidence of a war crime, why was she deported from the United States?

Talk about media bias and political correctness!

Shame, shame, SHAME - - - on the Simon Weisenthal Center, the United States government (MY own country!!!), Reuters News Service, and the MSNBC web site!!!

How are we any different from the Nazis we so cavalierly condemn?

Guess what, folks?

I'm a convicted war criminal - - - and proud of it!

At a time when it was unpopular and controversial to do so, I chose to enter the United States Army and voluntarily served two years in Viet Nam.

So, according to the International People's Tribunal, convened in Nineteen Sixty-Seven by Lord Bertrand Russell in Stockholm, Sweden, I and every other American soldier who served in Viet Nam is guilty of a war crime.

Ain't that neat?

I'm so proud!

But, all joking aside, it's a vivid nightmare that happened to our allies after the United States abandoned the Republic of Viet Nam in Nineteen Seventy-Five, for they wound up being on the losing side of a war, and the Communists ain't nice to the people they conquer.

My own United States broke their promise, and the South Vietnamese paid the price.

Now then, if there is no evidence of war crimes, then where is the justice for this poor elderly German female war veteran whose character has been so maliciously libeled in the International press, and whose life and liberty are now in jeopardy?

How do we repair the damage that has so unduly been foisted upon her?

Thank you.

John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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