They told them to sit down and they did. They told them to go to
the back of the airplane and they did. They told them to be quiet
and they were. They told them not to resist and they didn't. They
could have fought. They could have resisted. They could have stopped
it. But they didn't. Except perhaps on Flight 93.
They told them to come along and they did. They told them to get
in cattle cars and they did. They told them to go to the right or
the left and they did. They told them to take off their clothes
and lay down on the cooling corpses so they could be shot more easily.
And they did. They could have fought. They could have resisted.
They could have taken some of their murderers with them. They might
even have escaped. Instead they complied. They obeyed. They didn't
HOLOCAUST IN BUCZACZ
A young German engineer, Dr Kurt Gerstein,
who witnessed the killing at Belzec, provided a full description
of the workings of the death camp after surrendering to the Western
allies at the end of the war, before committing suicide. As he
described the arrival of Jewish deportees, "For a number
of men there still flickers a lingering hope, sufficient to make
them march without resistance to the death chambers. The majority
know with certainty what is to be their fate. The horrible, all-pervading
stench reveals the truth. Then they climb some small steps and
behold the reality. Silent mothers hold their babies to their
breasts, naked; there are many children of all ages. They hesitate,
but nevertheless proceed toward the death chambers, most of them
without a word, pushed by those behind, chased by the whips of
the SS men.
We no longer live in a democracy. Someday they might come for you.
When they do - Fight!!! From the first moment you realize they have
come for you, Resist! Don't be like the Jews. Die a wolf instead
of a lamb, die a wolf with your teeth in their throats.
According to Dr Gerstein, old people and
invalids were removed separately, so as not to interrupt the flow
of people into the gas chamber, and were taken to open pits nearby,
Fight!! Resist!! At every point!! You know if you've done something
wrong. You know if you've robbed a bank or killed someone or broken
a law and if you haven't, when they come for you, Resist!!
Yet, as early as December, 1941, when young
Jews were being deported to labour camps, a group of 15 youth
organized themselves to flee and hide. When the Germans discovered
this effort at organized resistance, their forces tried for nearly
half a year to capture the group, without success. This group
of young people became the core of the Jewish resistance in Buczacz.
Following the terrible "Action" of October, 1942, they
began a search for arms and prepared themselves to break out of
September 27 and 28, 1941: Over 30,000 Jews gather in Kiev, still
believing that they were being resettled. Brought to the ravine
at BABI YAR, where they are ruthlessly shot down by machine gun.
By the hundreds, men, women and children fall into the ravine,
as they're riddled with bullets. One woman, gave birth in the
middle of the slaughter.
September 29, 1941: In retaliation for
Russian bombs in Kiev, German authorities assemble 30,000 Jews,
take them to the forest and slaughter them over the next two days.
October 7, 1941: Rowne, Volhunia; over 17,000 Jews are taken from
their homes, marched to pits, and slaughtered by the SS and local
October 12 , 1941: Stanislawow, Eastern
Gallicia; the whole district of Jews, were driven out of their
homes into the center of the town were massive graves had been
dug. SS troops and Ukrainian militia commence machine gunning
of the gathered populace. Over 6,000 Jews are killed that day,
Hoshana Rabba, (the Great Prayer day.)
October 22 , 1941: ODESSA "ACTION"
Rumanian command headquarters blown up. 17 Rumanians and 4 Germans
killed. In reprisal for this apparent act of defiance over 5,000
Jews are rounded up in Odessa and shot dead the next day.
October 23 , 1941: Odessa "action"
continues. 19,000 more Jews are gathered into the city square,
sprayed with gasoline and burned alive.
November 6 and 7, 1941: Rovno, Ukraine;
17,500 Jews taken to the forests and ordered to dig five large
pits. Bitter cold, they were ordered to strip. Then they are all
murdered over a two day period.
December 31, 1941: Outside of Vilna, Abba
Kovner, during meeting of groups of Jewish youth movements reads
a manifesto, "Let us not go as sheep to the slaughter."
Don't think that the Nazis are dead and gone and you are safe.
You're not. Not today. Not in America. Not with the PATRIOT Act
giving our dictator the power to arrest any American for any reason.
Don't think that because you're nobody they'd never come after you,
that because you're not a leader you're safe. The little along with
the big were swept up in Germany, in Indonesia, in Chile, in Argentina.
Chile Coup: The U.S. Hand
Only 19 days after the coup, a secret briefing paper prepared
for Kissinger -- entitled "Chilean Executions" -- put
the "total dead" from the coup at 1,500. The paper reported
that the junta had summarily executed 320 individuals -- three
times more than publicly acknowledged.
Reports of mass arrests - by then, U.S.
intelligence put the number at 13,500 -- as well as summary executions,
torture and "disappearances" Nov/Dec were reaching the
world press. The administration fretted about an image problem
in the United States, too, because two Americans -- Charles Horman
and Frank Terruggi -- were among those executed at the National
You know if you've done something criminal. You know if the police
have any legitimate reason to arrest you. YOU KNOW. If they don't,
if you suspect anything, run, hide, resist because once you are
in their hands, you are helpless. Then they can do anything to you.
Fight. Make a scene. Make it cost them. Don't make it easy. Even
unarmed prisoners being led to death can cost them. Fight at every
turn. Fight constantly. NEVER GIVE IN! If they are going to kill
you or torture and kill you, you have NOTHING to LOSE! FIGHT!!
But there's another danger. When they come for you they might try
to fool you about why they are there. They might tell you that they
are trying to help you, just there to take you to safety, to protect
you from a terrorist attack, some disease, or some other disaster.
"Labor camps" they told the Jews. "Food, sanctuary"
they told the Rwandans. Remember how they fooled them. Don't let
them fool you. They might even lure you into coming to them but
with the lists they are making once they have people in custody
they can select who to release and who to treat as an enemy. Be
careful. Be suspicious. Don't let yourself get trapped, helpless
in their hands.
Soon after Pauline's arrival in town, cars mounted with loudspeakers
crisscrossed Butare's back roads, announcing that the Red Cross
had arrived at a nearby stadium to provide food and guarantee
sanctuary. By April 25, thousands of desperate Tutsis had gathered
at the stadium.
It was a trap. Instead of receiving food
and shelter, the refugees were surrounded by men wearing bandoleers
and headdresses made of spiky banana leaves. These men were Interahamwe,
thuggish Hutu marauders whose name means ''those who attack together.''
According to an eyewitness I spoke with this summer in Butare,
supervising from the sidelines was Pauline, then 48, a portly
woman of medium height in a colorful African wrap and spectacles.
Before becoming Rwanda's chief official
for women's affairs, Pauline was a social worker, roaming the
countryside, offering lectures on female empowerment and instruction
on child care and AIDS prevention. Her days as minister were similarly
devoted to improving the lives of women and children. But at the
stadium, a 30-year-old farmer named Foster Mivumbi told me, Pauline
assumed a different responsibility. Mivumbi, who has confessed
to taking part in the slaughter, told me that Pauline
goaded the Interahamwe, commanding, ''Before you kill the women,
you need to rape them.''
Tutsi women were then selected from the
stadium crowd and dragged away to a forested area to be raped,
Mivumbi recalled. Back at the stadium, he told me, Pauline waved
her arms and then observed in silence as Interahamwe rained machine-gun
fire and hand grenades down upon the remaining refugees. The Hutus
finished off survivors with machetes. It took about an hour, ending
at noon. Pauline stayed on, Mivumbi told me, until a bulldozer
began piling bodies for burial in a nearby pit. (When questioned
about this incident, Pauline's lawyers denied that she took part
in atrocities in Butare.)
Stadiums are often used as a place of confinement, torture and
death. They have a large central holding area. Few, easily guarded
exits. Many rooms that can be used for torture and interrogation.
Once they have filled the jails they will fill the stadiums.
Tanks had bombarded the technical university as they did the factories.
Victor was arrested and taken to the National Stadium to be beaten
and tortured to death - the same venue where, only months earlier,
he had performed at the celebration for Neruda.
Victor was 'reserved' for special treatment.
He raised the spirits of other prisoners by singing. Having been
brutally beaten and his fingers broken the officer in charge then
demanded, 'sing now, you bastard', in an attempt to humiliate
Victor in front of other prisoners. In defiance he sang Venceremos.
The military intended to
dump Victor's body in an unmarked grave. Joan Jara movingly describes
how this was avoided by the heroism of a young worker at the morgue
who, recognising Victor's corpse, risked his life to find Joan
and allow her to reclaim his body and bury him.
Unfinished Song: The Life of Victor Jara by Joan Jara
Detainee remembers Chile 1973
Of my two Chilean flat-mates I knew nothing
for some days. Wolfgang had been arrested along with Victor Jara
and several hundred students and academics at the State Technical
University and taken to the Chile Stadium, a small indoor sports
arena in downtown Santiago.
Victor Jara was tortured there and killed.
Wolfgang, however, managed to escape the military guards, and
later we were able to bring him to Britain as a refugee. Juan
and his Russian wife reached the Swedish Embassy where they joined
hundreds of other asylum seekers. My girl-friend's ex-husband
was summarily executed by the police when they discovered a sporting
shotgun in his house. Later that afternoon I and a handful of
other prisoners were taken out at gunpoint and forced to lie face-down
on the floor of a bus, police with sub-machine guns standing astride
We were taken to the National Stadium,
Chile's equivalent of Wembley, a large football stadium with other
sports facilities clustered around it. We were herded into a mustering
area which was full of newly arrived prisoners in white coats,
doctors and orderlies from several Santiago hospitals which had
been raided that day, victims of a savage proscription by the
far-right dominated Chilean Medical Association, which accused
them of having failed to go on strike against the legal government.
The 'cells' into which we were herded
were the team changing rooms. There were 130 prisoners in ours,
and at night we were so tightly packed that we could sleep only
by lining up in rows and lying down 'by numbers', dovetailing
heads and feet.
We were guarded by soldiers and there
were sand-bagged machine-gun emplacements at intervals around
the walk-way that formed a circuit under the angle of the stadium
The man next to me in my cell was less fortunate. A Brazilian
engineer, named Sergio Moraes, he had worked in a factory called
Madeco. He was taken out for his first heavy interrogation two
days before I was released.
When he returned he could hardly hear
or speak: he had been hooded and beaten about the head and ears
with a flat wooden bat. He told us that among his interrogators
were Brazilian intelligence officers
You know if you've done something dishonest. You KNOW if you've
robbed or killed. You KNOW. So if they come to get you you KNOW
if it's justifiable or not. If you haven't done anything then fight,
fight to your last bit of strength, fight till you die, don't make
it easy on them, make sure there's a cost.
If they want you to take off your clothes and lay down so they
can rape you, FIGHT!
If they want you to kneel down so they can shoot you easier -
If they want you to lay down naked in a pit so they can shoot
you - FIGHT!!
Don't give up! Never make it easy for them! Fight every moment!!
CIA and Poison Letters: BlackValentines?
Saddam Hussein, then an up-and-coming CIA asset and dictator,
and other members of the Ba'ath party worked with,the Americans,
to overthrow General Kassem. According to Frontline, "With
CIA help, the Iraqi Ba'ath Party seized power in 1963. General
Kassem was killed in the coup. The CIA provided lists of suspected
communists for Ba'ath Party hit squads, who liquidated at least
800 people. Saddam Hussein rushed home to join in as a interrogator,
torturer and killer."
There's been a coup. A
fixed election and worse
treasons. The junta in power can never let go lest they be punished
for their crimes. The CIA has been behind massacres before. In Chile.
In Argentina. In Indonesia. In Iraq. You think your life is worth
more to them than those lives were? Don't fool yourself...fight!
Being docile won't save you any more than being docile saved the
Jews in Germany or the progressives in Indonesia or Chile. DON'T
GIVE IN!! Fight when they come to get you. Fight! Once you realize
what is happening! Resist! They tell you if someone tries to kidnap
you you should fight and run, to resist at every step because if
they manage to take you somewhere else (called a secondary crime
scene) they'll do much worse to you than they would have at the
primary crime scene. So if they come and get you, if they try to
take you somewhere else fight, run, scream, fight because nothing
will happen to you including death that will be as bad as what they
can do to you once they have you totally in their power.
Washington backed bloodbath in Indonesia
They made the rivers in many parts of Indonesia literally run
red with the blood of their victims. For months, the army went
from village to village, island to island, shooting and hacking
at whoever was pointed out to them by local reactionaries as "trouble
The police, landlords and merchants used
this holocaust as the opportunity to settle old scores and tame
the mighty popular movement. Hundreds of thousands who survived
the killings were jailed for decades in barbaric concentration
camps, where many died.
In a discussion of the difficulties facing
the oppressed masses, how can the utter intransigence of the rulers
be left out? How can social transformation be seriously considered
without taking into account that those with privilege and property
may resort to any means, including mass murder, to stay on top?
bloody coup in Indonesia
It has been known for more than 10 years that the CIA supplied
lists of names for Suharto's assassination squads. What is less
widely known is that the supposed pro-communist coup that triggered
the crisis was almost certainly also the work of the CIA. Sukarno
was finally removed from power in 1967.
Best for Indonesia, in Suharto's view,
was the granting of lucrative concessions to western mining and
oil companies. It was the beginning of a post-independence economic
order that continues today. After 32 years, Suharto was finally
overthrown. By then, even the US government had to admit that
he was one of the most corrupt dictators of the 20th century.
They talk about the killing fields in Cambodia. They never mention
the greater deaths in Indonesia in 1965, and those deaths came first.
Did they inspire the communist revolutionaries to react similarly?
No "Crimes Against Humanity" trials to bring justice to
the million Indonesian dead. No monuments in Indonesia to them.
They were "trouble makers", maybe communists, so they
don't matter. You think your life is safe? You think no one would
ever point you out as a troublemaker, no one would call TIPS with
the truth or even a lie, no one has a grudge against you?
"Civil disobedience is not our problem.
Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of
people all over the world have obeyed dictates of the leaders
of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been
killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are
obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation
and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people
are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all
the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country.
That's our problem." Howard Zinn
"Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental
things to think about...and kept us so busy with continuous changes
and crises and so fascinated...by the machinations of the national
enemies, without and within, that we had no time to think about
those dreadful things that were growing, little by little all
around us...Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well
explained or, on occasion, regretted, that...unless one understood
what the whole thing was in principle, what all these little measures...must
some day lead to, one no more saw it developing than a farmer
in his field sees corn growing...Each act...is worse than the
last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next.
You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others,
when such shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow. You
don't want to act, or even talk, alone; you don't want to go out
of your way to make trouble...And it is not just fear...that restrains
you; it is also genuine uncertainty...And you are an alarmist.
You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can't prove
it...But the one great shocking occasion when tens or hundreds
or thousands will join with you, never comes. That's the difficulty...The
forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses,
the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts,
the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed
because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the
forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and
the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when
everyone is transformed, no one is transformed...You have accepted
things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago,
things your father...could never have imagined." Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free; The Germans, 1938-45
Ladies and gentlemen it is time. It is
time that we wake up and rise up. Do not go silently. Do not go
gently. Do not go along with the uninformed, brainwashed masses.
Do not wait for someone else to take your stand. Take it for yourself!
Take it for your children! Take it for your grandchildren! Take
it for generation after generation to come! Take it as your forefathers
took it for you! For if we fail in this hour, in this fight, future
generations may not know the America that we have known and loved.
Right now things appear to be relatively calm, but we know a storm
is coming! The
Calm Before The Storm
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking:
What would things have been like if every Security operative,
when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain
whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family?
Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad,
when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not
simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang
of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but
had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set
up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with
axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs
would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport
and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst; the cursed machine
would have ground to a halt!"
The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956 by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
After various holocausts people say they had no idea what was happening
to those targeted. The victims were so quiet and polite as they
were taken away. DON'T be quiet!!! Don't be cooperative!!! FIGHT!!
Make a scene!!! So everyone who sees it KNOWS!!! And tells!! If
they come for you FIGHT!. Make every capture a Waco, every arrest
a Ruby Ridge! At least they fought. Their deaths were not secret,
Don't give in!!
If they come for you will you trust them?
If they come for you will you acquiesce?
If they come for you will you FIGHT?!!!
Dedicated to the terrifying Bush Junta
who I believe would do ANYTHING
and who bring out the paranoia in my soul.
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