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[Note: An abridged version of the following article appeared as a "Letter to the Editor" in the March 15, 1993 issue of the Wall Street Journal.] The Dreaded Comparison by John D. Dingell III As the recent bloodshed has unfolded in Waco, Texas, I was struck by the sad historical parallel to events fifty years ago in another country. On 27 February 1993, black uniformed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) men wearing "coal scuttle" helmets and carrying German-made machine pistols attacked the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Fifty years earlier, in January 1943, black uniformed SS men wearing "coal scuttle" helmets and carrying German-made machine pistols attacked the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. The BATF men were searching for illegal weapons reported to be in the Branch Davidian compound by a paid informant. The SS men were searching for illegal weapons reported to be in the Warsaw ghetto by a paid informant. and harmed no one outside their compound prior to the BATF assault. The Jews kept to themselves and harmed no one outside the Warsaw ghetto prior to the SS assault. The US news media luridly reports that the Branch Davidians practice reprehensible sexual activities involving young women and children, implying that they are an evil religious "cult". Julius Streicher and the Nazi news media relentlessly told the German populace that Jews practiced reprehensible sexual activities involving young women and children, implying that they were "subhumans". The BATF invited the US news media to document the assault to show how dangerous the Branch Davidians are. The SS and RSHA (Reich Main Security Office) propagandists documented their assult to show the German public how dangerous the Jews were. Four BATF men were killed and 16 wounded in the inital assault on the Branch Davidian compound, apparently because someone told them about the impending assault. Eleven SS men were killed and an unrecorded number wounded in the inital assault on the Warsaw ghetto, because sympathetic Poles in the Zgota organization told the Jews about the impending assault. After the inital assault, the BATF magnaminiously arranged a truce so children could be evacuated from the Branch Davidian compound (and they could arranged a truce so children could be evacuated from the Warsaw ghetto compound (and they could remove their casualities.) The BATF called up FBI and US military units with armored vehicles to finish off the Branch Davidian compound after encountering fierce resistance to the inital assault. The SS called up Waffen SS military units with armored vehicles to finish off the Warsaw ghetto armory after encountering fierce resistance to their initial assualt. The historical analogy may seem specious, but it is quite valid when you consider that the BATF and the SS had the same kind of opportunism motivating their actions: 1. The SS personnel stationed in the General Government of Poland were trying to improve their image with superiors in Berlin by staging a well-publicized attack upon a politically powerless group. Most of the SS personell stationed in Poland had been sent there because they had fallen afoul in Nazi political infighting, not because they wanted to contend with a unrelentingly hostile population on a daily basis. 2. The BATF personnel in Waco were trying to improve their image with the US public by staging a well-publicized attack on an equally powerless group. Even before BATF was accused of racial and sexual harassment on the CBS "60 Minutes" program in early February, they had the worst reputation in US Federal Law Enforcement (with the sole exception of the Explosives Branch, which has done some very professional work.) BATF is attacking an eccentric religious sect which few identify with. But as each individual freedom embodied in the US Constitution is disparaged, living in America becomes more akin to living in a Nazi state. Americans who dismiss the assault in Waco should consider what later happened in Warsaw, after the General Uprising in 1944: the SS laid waste to the remainder of the city. The Nazis not only killed three million Polish Jews, they also killed three million other Poles before World War II was over. Many of the Poles who stood by smugly as the SS destroyed the Warsaw ghetto - because they didn't care enough for the Jews - paid with their own lives later on. The Waco, Texas incident is a clear example of how little respect the U.S. government has for its own Consitution. The BATF not only trampled the politically incorrect Second Amendment, they made a mockery of the First and Fourth Amendments as well. The American public needs to seriously consider whether anyone can be safe in a country where police are allowed to stage the kind of deadly publicity stunt which occured in Waco. Even if Americans don't care about their right to keep and bear arms, I would hope that they have some sympathy for freedom of religion and protection against unreasonable searches. Religion is a matter of personal choice and not subject to government or news media approval - except in police state The US news media has spent considerable efforts in recent weeks denouncing a genuinely reprehensible assault by paramilitary police in El Salvador which left six Jesuit priests and their housekeeper dead, but they tactitly approve of a similar assault here in America. there seems to be a remarkable degree of hypocrisy on the part of the news media in this country today. The news media vigorously defends all manner of questionable individuals to maintain the sanctity of the press freedoms in the First Amendment, but they pick and choose among other American constitutional freedoms as their politics dictate. BATF director Stephen Higgens and the American news media have used weapons present in the Branch Davidian compound to justify the derogatory term "cult" used to describe them. Many Jewish rabbis in Israel carry Uzi machine pistols openly every day, yet no one calls them a "cult" religion. It is hardly surprising that the Branch Davidians had weapons, given the apocolyptic nature of their beliefs. Stephen Higgens stated on CBS' "Face the Nation" program that the "no knock" assault on the Branch Davidian compound was necessary to prevent a mass suicide on the part of the "cult" members. He evidently was not very well informed, because the Branch Davidians' determined response to the assault certainly wasn't that of a group ready to give up this world. And it certainly of evidence had a convential search warrant execution been followed. It is difficult to flush weapons and explosives down a toilet. There is every reason to suspect that the assault on the Branch Davidian compound was staged, in the fashion that it was, to provide compelling film clips for television viewing. Steven Higgens also stated that the person(s) yet to be determined were responsible for leaking the impending assault to the Branch Davidians that resulted in bloodshed. I submit that the BATF, by informing the news media of the impending assault and making arrangements for news media camera crews to cover the "action", breached the security of their operation and should be held accountable for the subsequent bloodshed. Mr. Higgens is being entirely hypocritical in his efforts to evade responsibility for the logical outcome of the BATF assault. Fifty years may have passed since the Allied forces crushed the Nazis, but their totalitarian philosophy of "ordnung" continues to reappear under new guises, in different places. How far will it develop in America?? John D. Dingell III is a metallurgical engineer. he lives in Wyandotte, Michigan. I looked at this Waco thing as Koresh and company getting what they deserved. Now I'm not so sure. I was sufficiently shaken up by this article to want you all to read it and let me know what you think. If you didn't, please go back and read at least the first part of it. It's pretty astonishing. Does anyone have any comments about this? ============================================== Another file downloaded from The Soapbox BBS "Your Infotainment Specialist" An all text BBS specializing in e-zines and other unique text files. (919) 387-1152 - Up to 16.8 kbs - 8N1 Fidonet 1:151/142 - FREQ FILES for file list ==============================================

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