Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Haunting Memorial

"...reminder of millions of lives lost in war as artists stencil 9,000 bodies onto Normandy beach to mark Peace Day."
"The shapes were then left to the mercy of the tide which washed away the 'fallen' after around four and a half hours."
And speaking of which:

Was a Canadian soldier mistakenly given a Nazi burial? Hopes that DNA testing will finally reveal whether remains of this private were laid to rest in a German war cemetery

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

That beach should have had a sign up as the "artists" worked: "DANGER-MORAL EQUIVALENCE AT WORK".

Maybe, instead of the 9,000 German military, French civilian and Allied military bodies, they should have stenciled the approximately 10.5 million Concentration Camp dead on the beach. That 10.5 million was a quintessential reason why the 9,000 other dead were a regrettable necessity.

Evil does exist in this world; it always has and, unfortunately, always will. That portion of the 9,000 who were German military were upholding the existence of the regime that murdered the 10.5 million, as well as tens of millions of others in Europe and Russia. In fact, that regime continued murdering the innocent until the very last day of the war. For what should be obvious and profound moral reasons, the German dead should not be considered together with the other dead, but in moral juxtaposition.

The civilian victims should be mourned; the Allied dead should likewise be mourned, plus gratefully honored. The German military dead should be recognized as being in some proportion, responsible for all those other dead.

I don't think those artists "get that", nor do I think that they "get" the great moral truth that it is incumbent that civilized people always and everywhere combat evil and evil's minions, that otherwise "for evil to triumph, it's only necessary that good men do nothing."

September 25, 2013 9:32 pm  

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