posted document.write(timestamp(new Date(2004,8,3,23,39,0), dfrm, tfrm, 0, 0, 0, 0)); 03-09-2004 11:39 PMSeptember 03, 2004 11:39 PM

History is a pain in the ass, isn't it?

I hear allot about "we are interested in the news of the present, not the past." That is understandable. Current events have much more flavor than ten, twenty or thirty or even fifty years ago. How about seventy?

Why do we still have trials of Gestapo prison guards being brought forth for crimes against humanity in Dachau, Coblintz, Belsen-Belsen and the other concentration camps of Nazi Germany only to be deported from the United States?

Should the victims of Eichmann not have testified at his trial in Israel in 1962 because the activities of his brutality were "old news", from 25 years earlier?

Should the victims of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge be told to be quiet because the crimes against their relatives was thirty years old?

Who on this board can say they would not take advantage of the fact that there is no statute of limitations on the murder of their loved ones?

This morning I saw in print with my own eyes and again late this afternoon that CHB is NOT interested in crimes of the past, only crimes of today! That was in reference to Senator Kerry, but it affects me. Am I supposed to turn the other cheek, shut up and not point out that our "intelligence community" defied a President in wartime and thereby committed treason? What the hell, you say, that was forty damn years ago!

The International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague would beg to differ with you!

Hey, CHB is your program and you set the standards. But you might want to take another good look at your Freedom Of Speech mantra in your header. Perhaps it should read "we are interested in Freedom of Speech on current events only--don't bother us with old crap".

Is there one among you that I fought and nearly died for that can tell me to forget about what makes we what I am today? Makes me want to tell you that history is repeating itself with lies and treason to take our country to war with fabricated "intelligence"; makes me want to warn you that our government is repeating the sins of the past in allowing the so called "intelligence community" to manipulate what is known to the rest of the world as an excuse to gain control of so much oil.

All of this information is certainly debatable, but it is not dated. What happened forty years ago in the Gulf of Tonkin has happened again in the WMD of Iraq. These are examples of manipulation of information by the "intelligence community" for political ends, war, the extension of politics, not to mention an ego or two.

I think there should be a definitive ruling with respect to what is old news and what is new.

Should there be a cutoff date?

Should we not have our daily Round Table point out the facts of history, some hundreds of years old, and be able to relate to them as how they affect us today?

Have a nice, quiet weekend. And don't even think about what your in line for. Forget the past, indeed. America's enemies are counting on it. How do we spell hypocrisy? Rant on!

Bests,
John

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I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Weisel