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Erwin Rommel (1891-1944), Field Marshall

 

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One of Nazi Germany’s heroes he was a member of the Nazi Party which many generals were not. He spearheaded many of Hitler’s spectacular successes he was a hero to his soldiers while he fell foul with the megalomaniac in the end. He never allowed himself privileges denied to the ranks. He was sent to North Africa in command of Afrika Korps to fight the British away  from the Suez Canal. At first he was successful but Montgomery in Oct. 1942 launched the first major counter-offensive against Rommel at El Alamein and drove the Germans away signaling a decisive turning point in the WWII.

Rommel was recalled to Germany and during a visit to the front in France in 1944 he was severely injured by British fighter planes. While convalescing he was accused of treason for his alleged role in the abortive July attempt on Hitler’s life. ‘Either suicide or stand trial’ he was told and he chose the first and was given a state funeral.

 

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Here is one example from the abc news report of April 3, 2012. ‘Gadhafi’s mercenaries spread guns, fighting in Africa.’
In March a mutiny by Mali’s soldiers waged a coup d’etat and succeeded. It put a stop to two decades of democratic rule. In the chaos that has ensued after the coup, Taureg separatists in Mali seized the last government holdout in the north, the legendary town of Timbuktu. A rebel group has declared independence for a region it calls Azawad. Meanwhile two rebel groups are also trying to snatch power. In short these deep division in the opinion of Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru at the Institute for Security Studies based in Pretoria, South Africa is a setback.
“This is a setback for the international community which has invested so much money in the past decade in democracy, peace, and security in Africa,” This may cause another rebellion in neighboring Niger. Help rendered by NATO in terms of money and materials has gone elsewhere.
Here is another news reported by David Blair of UK paper Telegraph on July 10,
‘A few days after desert gunmen swept out of the Sahara and captured Timbuktu, the city’s conquerors broadcast a message over its radio station.
“We are going to welcome some foreigners,” the inhabitants of this ancient trading centre in northern Mali were told. “Do not be afraid when you see them: we must all welcome them.”
A convoy of Land Cruisers duly arrived, laden with bearded fighters clad in sand-coloured turbans and robes. These were not rebels from the local Tuareg tribe, who had claimed credit for the fall of Timbuktu, but international jihadists from across the Muslim world including Algerians, Nigerians, Somalis and Pakistanis. This multinational parade drove home a harsh message: a new state had been born under the effective rule of al-Qaeda. Bewildered townspeople, who had only seen Tuareg insurgents up to that point, realised its true significance.
“We first saw the foreigners when they were in our city,” said Mousa Maigar, who witnessed the arrival of the column. “How they entered our country, we don’t know.”
Almost unnoticed by the outside world, a branch of al-Qaeda has seized a swathe of Africa covering more than 300,000 square miles. “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM) and its allies have taken over an area of the Sahara more than three times the size of Britain, complete with airports, military bases, arms dumps and training camps.
Against backdrop the destruction of Timbuktu World Heritage site shall come as no surprise. What gave these al-Qaeda elements the strength to hold defenseless civilians as hostage?
Applying Western standards of fairplay and equity to aid the rebels in Libya triggered upheaveal in Mali. Instead of following through where the NATO armaments and money end up the West turned to other matters. Just as the USA did in the 80s. All that help brought down the twin towers of WTO. The al-Qaeda has done it again. In short the West didn’t learn from history.
The AQIM are militants armourplated with barbaric practices and ideas. We didn’t give arms into their hands but we just neglected to control the aftermath of Gaddafi’s exit. The arms were sold by rebels,foreign mercenaries and arm merchants in black market and through many middlemen who made money.
Tailspin: What is wrong with multiculturalism? It is like sleeping with the enemy, trying to bring together two time-zones, and two incompatible cultures of live and let-live and an eye for an eye. It will not work.
benny

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Camel driver: “Can’t you just get up from this fundamentalist mess and go?”

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Here is the report by ‘The Exterminator’ agent 007.5
Gaddafi ‘King of Kings’ is no more. If it is Allah’s will the cockroach should have been killed with the woodwork.So be it, I say.
I got the order three moons away and I was stalking my target ever since. ‘The order is from higher up’, said the man who would not give more than a name ‘Moussa’. I asked how high and he said in a whisper, Allahu Akbar. In this dirty business one does not press matters further than that.So I assured my Kalashnikov was ready. Moussa said lugubriously,’Exterminator, take one good look at me. I am going to disappear and after the mission is over you will forget what I look like. Understand?’
I let it at that.
But I know an order when I have one. So it was I found myself in Sirte as the convoys converged according to schedule. I saw them under a purple sky and I sighted my target. I checked the photo of Gaddafi. Never had I seen so many medals and he looked like a buffoon all dressed up. Even in death he was going to meet his maker like a poltroon. So be it. He looked silly with hardware and silken tassels hanging from here and there. The cut of his clothes was so bad I mentally made a point to shoot his tailor as well. His face was like a wax mask with a fire in blaze going under it. ( That reminds me I may shoot his plastic surgeon as well if I have my way.)
I waited for Gaddafi to settle for the night. My idea was to shoot with his dream as well. I waited with my old faithful. But he chose not to sleep in the room intended for the night. Time was on my side. I waited for the next morning for him step into the desert for vaccuation. I had him in sights and he was there in the middle of nowhere, ready to drop his all. He had 42 years a golden throne to do his business but it seemed his heart was not in his duties. He picked up a few pebbles to wipe his behind mechanically. It was when he wanted to enter the hideout I caught up with him. He saw me and looked as bucketload of his worst fears had been flung back at his face.
He just spluttered,’I must take a leak.’
‘Oh no,’said, ‘it is my turn now. my kalashnikov has to go when it has to go.’
I shot him and the empty shell cases just fell where it would.
Mission accomplished.
I send along with this report the proof of death. The wig carries the name of the wearer and a number. It may be of the Swiss Bank or some other.
Allahu Akbar!’

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