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Here & There…

Some of you may have noticed that AmericanTribune.org has not published since October 6th. Both my back and computer went out. The computer was upgraded easily enough, but my back is still recovering…

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After a week of intense pain (acute sciatica) I gave up procrastinating and went to the VA emergency room. Meds have given me some relief.

Today, going on 3 weeks later, I still have much the same symptoms and a few more. I’ll have to visit the hospital again. more…

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History & Social Consciousness…

Someone I am proud to call a friend, Hans Post, is fond of using the famous quote by George Santayana: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Hans should know.

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In World War II, he was in the German Wehrmacht SS of the famed Skorzeny Kommando. (They were an independent command and radically different from the other murderous legions of SS.) more…

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21st Century Neo-Fascism…

   The following “left-wing rant” is inspired by the in-credibly “successful” right-wing rants of Glenn Beck & CoSomebody must be listening to these whackos…

One of the many acquaintances I’ve developed over my past 20+ years in federal prison, one I wrote a book review for, Hans Post, One man in His Time (2002), is a former decorated Waffen SS soldier who served a number of years as a prisoner of the French, Americans, and Germans after WW-II.

Col. Otto Skorzeny

On first blush, Hans Post would hardly be the sort of historical figure I’d take a shine to.  Members of fascist organizations in my book would be right up there with the klan, slavers, settler-occupiers, nativists, Tea-Bagger Republicans, and other assorted flotsam of humanity.

But Hans provides a phenomenal example of where one can come from, go to, and give hope to the rest of us… more…

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Hans Post–One Man in His Time…

I was born into a World at War in the Summer of ’42. It was six-months after the Attack on Pearl Harbor. My parents–like the mass of Americans–had become war-workers. My father was in the Coast Guard when he wasn’t working on the NY-New Haven & Hartford railroad, and my mother was a welder in the Liberty Shipyards at Narragansett, Rhode Island.

101st Airborne, 1960…

When I turned 17 in the Summer of ’59, I volunteered for the 101st Airborne, US Army . . . the Heroes of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge w/staggering losses. Many of my non-coms and officers were veterans of those conflicts.

My own time in uniform was during the crucible for democracy in the post-war period. General Eisenhower, the former commander of Allied Forces in Europe was President, as soon was John F. Kennedy, a survivor of a battle between his PT-109 and a Jap destroyer in the Pacific. Neither Ike nor Jack took democracy for granted.

Three days before Ike left Office, he warned of the greatest threat then facing democracy: The institutionalization and profiteers of the Military-Industrial-Complex.

The day before D-Day 1944…

Three days later, Jack, contrary to the racist-nationalist “carnage” being employed by the current occupant, exhorted us: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” And we did, again . . . in spades.

Please, bear w/my time-line memory for a moment. Having once been youthful myself, I know how one’s historical perspective can be alienated from the past as “ancient history.” When I was serving in the military, the attack on Pearl Harbor and World-War-II were as current as is today 9-11 and the Afghan and Iraqi wars.

I don’t take lightly the lessons I’ve learned of who we are, what we are, and how we got here. For me, making that meta-assessment is never frozen in time, or taken for granted. Ultimately, I have to look at one’s  current beliefs and actions in order to assess who and what we are . . . just as I myself have been so determined.

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