Sunday, March 04, 2012
Kudos to Powerline for this very sad tale. There are cemeteries in Benghazi, Libya where the fallen soldiers and airmen of the British Commonwealth are buried. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission there are over 1,500 buried there. They are sons, brothers, husbands, fathers from across the Empire - United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and even the Sudan Defense Force - all are buried here. At least one Victoria Cross recipient is interred here. All killed during World War II resisting Nazi aggression. Even Italian war graves have also been attacked. No word if the British war cemeteries at Tobruk or Knightsbridge have been attacked.
And now their resting places have been brutally attacked and defaced, over a hundred known so far. The perpetrators? The same people the RAF, USAF, and their NATO allies helped to liberate last year from the tyranny of now deceased despot Gaddafi. They even filmed themselves toppling gravestones with Crosses and Stars of David while calling the deceased warriors dogs. Even the Cross of Remembrance has been smashed as seen in the video that Powerline has.
The reaction from the United Kingdom government has been diplomatic and couched with the caveat that Islam does not condone destroying graves. The Libyan transitional government has offered apologies. The Australians are not as diplomatic, calling it a desecration and sickening though no word if any Australian graves were smashed.
I am sorry England, there are graves and then there are the graves of infidels. All these men are infidels to their defilers and hence they do not belong in any land claimed by the faithful warriors of Islam.
The Western nations need to tell the Libyans to clean up their mess. To hold accountable to the fullest measure these criminals. If little or no action is done to these vandals, then Libya should be allowed to slide back into the 7th Century they seem to desire.
Post script - Talking about Libya and WWII always brings up the mystery of Lady Be Good, a B-24 Liberator that vanished with her crew during a bombing mission against Italy. To this day the body of SSGT Vernon Moore has never been found, he is presumed lost in the vast southeastern desert sea that comprises the border between Libya and Egypt. As for the plane's wreckage, it was last seen in 2001 in a Libyan police impound yard.