Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills on U.S. Soil in May. No Big Deal.

27 Apr

Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-Terror Drills on U.S. Soil in May

This could be very innocent.  America could simply be sharing its military expertise with its pal, Russia, but how often does America do something for others without gaining something in return?  What has prompted Russia to join the club of  foreign troops who have trained on US soil?   Are they still trying to sell us on terrorist drills, and what percentage of Americans are still buying it?  I’m curious to hear how people will downplay this, if it ever gets mentioned.  I can just see those opposed to the drill being accused of being redneck nationalists who need to get trendy, step into the global present, and embrace the training of foreign soldiers on our soil.

Regardless of how you feel about foreign soldiers in America, the very idea that we could see war in our country is frightening.  I think sometimes we forget that war doesn’t just destroy infrastructure, inflict debilitating injuries, cause mass deaths of soldiers and civilians, bring famine, disease,  and looting, but also brutal, widespread rape of women and children by soldiers and criminals.  It has occurred in every single war and the centuries old practice shows no signs of changing.  Rape is in fact  considered a crime of war.

Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in War and Its Aftermath:  Realities, Responses, and Required Resource (pdf),                                             briefing paper for UNFPA

Maybe we should have a look back in history and see how the Soviet troops “helped” the women and girls they liberated in Germany during and after WWII:

Rape During the Occupation of Germany

“As Allied troops entered and occupied German territory during the later stages of World War II, mass rapes took place, both in connection to combat operations and during the subsequent occupation that was to last many years. Most published and most numerous are the rapes committed by Soviet servicemen, for which estimates range from tens of thousands to two million.

A book by Svetlana Aleksievich provides memories by Soviet military personnel about their experience in Germany. According to an officer,

“We were young, strong, and four years without women. So we tried to catch German women and … Ten men raped one girl. There were not enough women; the entire population ran from the Soviet Army. So we had to take young, twelve or thirteen year-old. If she cried, we put something into her mouth. We thought it was fun. Now I cannot understand how I did it. A boy from a good family… But that was me.”

A female telephone operator from the Soviet Army recalled that,

“When we occupied every town, we had first three days for looting and … [rapes]. That was unofficial of course. But after three days one could be court martialed for doing this. … I remember one raped German woman laying naked, with hand grenade between her legs. Now I feel shame, but I did not feel shame back then… Do you think it was easy to forgive [the Germans]? We hated to see their clean undamaged white houses. With roses. I wanted them to suffer. I wanted to see their tears. … Decades had to pass until I started feeling pity for them.”

Of course, U.S. troops were not innocent either.

In Taken by Force, J. Robert Lilly estimates the number of rapes committed by U.S. servicemen in Germany to be 11,040. As in the case of the American occupation of France after the D-Day invasion, many of the American rapes in Germany in 1945 were gang rapes committed by armed soldiers at gunpoint.

Although non-fraternization policies were instituted for the Americans in Germany, the phrase “copulation without conversation is not fraternization” was used as a motto by United States Army troops.  The journalist Osmar White, a war correspondent from Australia who served with the American troops during the war, wrote that

After the fighting moved on to German soil, there was a good deal of rape by combat troops and those immediately following them. The incidence varied between unit and unit according to the attitude of the commanding officer. In some cases offenders were identified, tried by court martial, and punished. The army legal branch was reticent, but admitted that for brutal or perverted sexual offences against German women, some soldiers had been shot – particularly if they happened to be Negroes. Yet I know for a fact that many women were raped by white Americans. No action was taken against the culprits. In one sector a report went round that a certain very distinguished army commander made the wisecrack, ‘Copulation without conversation does not constitute fraternisation.’

I’m very grateful that our government has been preparing for disaster, but the thought of Americans being okay with foreign troops on our soil seems like a joke, but perhaps I am still just a redneck nationalist not hip to the global jive.

I don’t like to make a habit out of using Infowars or other such sensationalist websites as a source, but this is organized, legitimate footage containing interviews with military personnel.   If this isn’t convincing, there is other, less in depth footage of these types of drills on youtube.

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There was a book I loved as a kid that I cannot find because I don’t remember the exact title.  I was always sad when I had to return it to the library.  I would sing the words aloud, and I can still hear the innocent, hopeful tune.

“One world, one heart, one heart loving everyone.

One world, one love, one world loving everyone. ”

I write this with complete honesty, although I know it sounds dramatic, but after reading the article I heard new lyrics echoing in my head…

“One world, one war, one war killing everyone”

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

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