• History

    German Guilt is based on Fake News (Part 3)

    You’re looking at a photo of the IG Farben BUNA Werke in Monowice on the outskirts of Oświęcim Poland taken during its construction in 1942. The name BUNA is derived from butadiene-based synthetic rubber and the chemical symbol for sodium (Na), a process of synthetic rubber production developed in Germany. This one factory, although part of a complex of industrial plants, was very large in its own right, covering two square miles, with scores of buildings involved in rubber, chemical and fuel production. The large building at centre left is the power plant which eventually had three prominent smoke stacks. At the height of production in 1944, the BUNA Werke employed…

  • History

    German Guilt is based on Fake News (Part 2)

    The conventional wisdom is that Germany adopted a policy of expansion by negotiation, bluster, and occupation in the 1930’s and that only timely action by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain slowed this policy of aggression. German Chancellor, Adolph Hitler, inadvertently reinforced this view by saying he was trying to bring German populations back to the Reich even though they were in other countries. A glance at the map (below) shows the true picture. Despite the fact it did not start WWI, and had not yet lost it, a starving Germany agreed to a disastrous peace treaty in 1919 that carved up the country like a butt of ham. Germany lost…

  • History

    German Guilt is based on Fake News (Part 1)

    It’s well known both sides use propaganda in wartime, what we now call ‘fake news.’ It’s also well known that “history is written by the victors” (Winston Churchill). So it really shouldn’t be a surprise after we won WWI and WWII, we used our own propaganda to point the finger of blame. This is why most of us—anyone schooled after 1939—have a clear idea Germany started both wars and is guilty of crimes against humanity. I’m going to deal with this in three parts, starting with WWI. Did Germany start it? Let’s look at the sequence of events and see where and when Germany enters the picture. 28 June 1914, Archduke…

  • History,  Religion

    Armed Violence is as Christian as the Pope

    Most of our freedoms today are as a direct, or indirect, result of actions by the Christian church, specifically, by the Pope. At least two, and possibly all three, of the decisive battles fought by Europeans to defend our civilization were either organized, or supported, by the Vatican. First let’s look at the list: Frankish King Charles Martel defeated Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi at the battle of Tours in 732, John of Austria led the combined fleet of the Holy League against the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, and Polish King John III Sobieski lifted the siege of Vienna in 1683. Charles’s victory stopped the northward…

  • History

    Thoughts on D-Day

    Another D-Day and Canadian soldiers wading into the surf against German gunfire. I’ve seen the pictures before, indeed, the landing craft doors opening and the beachfront houses are as familiar as my own house. And yet, my view might have been so different. I was three years old on June 6, 1944 and living in Trinidad, B.W.I., incredibly enough, with my missionary parents. D-Day was just another day in Paradise for me. And my mother; what did she think? Her maiden name was German, her ancestors emigrated to Canada from Pennsylvania, so both Y.E.L and Pennsilfaanisch-Deitsche. She spoke German, not to me, but to her father. Mom visited Germany in…