US and WW2

Hi all, Regarding the issue of WW2, which some are using to suggest that we 'owe' them and that we should blindly follow US government policy in Iraq now, I thought people might be interested in what happened at the end of that war. This is a quote from the jacket of a book by Tom Bower, Blind Eye to Murder: Britain, America and the Purging of Nazi Germany- A Pledge betrayed. "Despite the growing avalanche of evidence after 1939 about Nazi Germany's deliberate extermination policies, both the British Foreign Office and War Office deliberately refused to implement Churchill's orders to organise an effective post-war programme to hunt down and prosecute the perpetrators. Their disinterest was matched by that of the State Department in Washington. That ambivalence changed in early 1945, but it was already too late to influence the basic philosophy, which was an unwillingness to search out and punish the murderers. Instead, highly incriminated Nazis were reinstated to senior posts in Germany's schools, courts, businesses, government and police. Expediency dictated that their murderous careers were not forgotten, but simply ignored. As the Cold War intensified, those few who had been convicted were quietly released. Then, in the early Sixties, the truth was discovered. Of approximately 150,000 known mass muderers, only about 30,000 had been prosecuted-the vast majority in Eastern Europe. The three Western Allies were to blame. They had literally and deliberately turned a blind eye to murder. Among the many revelations occuring during the 1980's which are incorporated in this Second Edition is the direct evidence of the employment of incriminated Nazis by the Allied intelligence services (there were many others beside Klaus Barbie); the controversial use by the Allies of German scientists, many of whom were incriminated Nazis; and the post-war relationship between the Four Powers concerning the Nazis. The unexpected climax was the revelation in 1986 that thousands of murderers had settled in Britain after 1947, with the full knowledge of Labour ministers." The US had to intervene in WW2 as otherwise the USSR would have extended their influence. It is also the case that in the US, during the McCarthy anti- communist hunt after the war, some people were accused of 'premature anti-fascism'. If a person was an anti-fascist before it was politically acceptable to be so it was a black mark against them. I'm not making these comments to get at 'America' as, of course, there is more than one side to the USA, as we saw from the protests at the weekend, and many other struggles over the years. Orla

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