Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Ike's Ethnic Cleansing

Today is Monday, 6 April 2009.

When Paris was formally liberated on 25 August 1944, the troops of the Second Armored Division of the Free French forces led the way.

Of course, Paris had already been largely liberated by units of the French Resistance, assisted by the decision of the German occupation commander to defy Hitler and not implement a scorched earth, fight-to-the-death order. Nevertheless, General Charles de Gaulle would have his little parade.

It is now revealed that the troops who strutted into Paris had been “ethnically cleansed” of all persons of colour, at the demand of the American and British high commands. (See citation below for details.) Some 2/3rds of all Free French forces were Africans from French colonies; many of those temporarily co-opted to fill the ranks of the Second were actually Spaniards.

Given that the American armed forces, like the home country, were ruthlessly segregated, this comes as no surprise. Particularly given that the supreme Allied commander, Dwight W. Eisenhower, was a vicious white supremacist racist. (Note Ike’s response as President to the Supreme Court’s school desegregation ruling: “Do you really want your little blond Susie sitting next to some big black buck?”)

[Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7984436.stm ]


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