By Ronald Glenn
This weekend will mark the 65th celebration of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the crossing of the English Channel by British and American Allied forces, the beginning of the liberation of western Europe from its occupation by Nazi Germany. Over the years, history has shown that D-Day was necessary to defeat the Nazis and to save western Europe from the oncoming Russians. The Russians had been fighting the Germans since June 21, 1941, involving the Russian people in the bloodiest, largest military front in Western history, including the disaster of WWI. This catastrophe occurred because WWII included vast numbers of civilians deaths, far outnumbering military deaths.
For most people the numbers are almost incomprehensible. The Nazi and Communist troops in WWII spent four years massacring thousands and burying them in mass graves; murdering and torturing prisoners, including women and children; and freezing to death during seventy-below-zero winters. The estimates vary, but as many as eight million Russian soldiers and 20 million civilians died. Russia lost forty percent of its cities, completely annihilated. A Soviet high school that graduated 100 males students in 1941, for example, might have had only four left alive by the end of the war.
The turning point in Europe in WWII was the defeat of the Nazi Sixth Army at the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942-43, one of the most horrific and heroic struggles an invaded nation ever fought. The Americans and British provided supplies to the Russians, in what one Russian journalist described as a pact whereby the Americans supplied the food and weapons and the Russians supplied the corpses. By D-Day, when America and Britain invaded Normandy, all the destruction on the eastern front had “torn the guts out of the German Army,” as Britain’s Winston Churchill described it. The German high command knew the end was in sight, and perhaps some in the German high command wanted to let the British and Americans have a free ride to Berlin so the Russians would not be allowed to have their revenge against Germany.
My own father fought with General George Patton, and I understand the sacrifices the American troops made in the war. I recount the horror of the Russian front to show that the horrors of WWII were perpetrated by the struggle for domination between two totalitarian countries. Two totalitarian countries can and did carry the extremes of torture and death to heights civilized men cannot easily imagine.
As freedom-loving Americans, we must remember the murder and destruction that had begun years before in Germany and Russia when these governments had begun to kill and arrest their own citizens. Stalin, the leader of Communist Russia, had been killing and starving his countrymen for twenty years. Hitler began his terror in Germany in 1934. Totalitarian states begin horrors against their own citizens to secure their absolute right to do whatever they desire whenever they desire to whomever they choose.
That is why, in 2009, Americans must not think that D-Day represents solely the triumph of good against evil. D-Day and all its death and destruction reminds us always that if the citizens of Germany and the Soviet Union had not allowed their own enslavement by their governments, D-Day, a day of liberation, would not have been necessary. In America, we must keep fighting for our own freedoms: if we become enslaved, there will be no liberation because there is no other to free us except ourselves.
If the Obama administration–or any other administration, as the erosion of freedom knows no single politician or party–begins to tax us at ninety percent, and confiscate our property in the name of ecology, and confiscate our guns, and draft our children into youth brigades, and we do nothing about it, no one will arrive on the beaches of America to save us. Then it will be everyone for himself, unless we are unified in revolution.
The men at of D-Day, our fathers, uncles, and grandfathers died to free others. If we forget their noble deaths, and allow our own enslavement not too many years later, it is because we Americans forgot to keep America free. My father told me as much weeks before his death in 1986 in a private chat.
“Remember,” he said, “I spent a year in Europe after the war ended. I met the Nazis and the Communists. Don’t let anybody tell you they are any different from each other. I couldn’t see any difference in them, and I had to deal with them every day.”
In 2009, we must discern between those who wish to keep America free and those who slowly and surreptitiously steal our freedom. Stay up-to-date on developments by reading and listening, and be alert to the real malevolence of this government against the people. You must begin to speak up in order to inform others around you and to instruct your elected representatives as to your demands that they carry out the people‘s mandate.
We ARE the government. Make the men who died at D-Day proud.
Ronald Glenn has worked in real estate and law for more than twenty years. He now works in Philadelphia, and lives outside the city with his wife. Ron has been writing for America’s Right since January 2009.