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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

This is a page from the original version of Pagan Vigil. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at

This is awfully familiar. The U.S. has been accused of human rights abuses before

As usual, individuals with no responsibility in the matter, their humanitarian impulses outraged by conditions that were frequently beyond help, began carrying to America tales of indifference, negligence, and callousness on the part of the troops.  Generally these stories were lies.  The thousands of men assigned to the job of rescuing the DPs and organizing relief for them were Americans.  They were given every facility and assistance the Army could provide, and they were genuinely concerned in doing their utmost for these unfortunate of the earth.  But because perfection could not be achieved some so-called investigators saw a golden chance for personal publicity.  They did so at the expense of great numbers of Americans who labored night and day to alleviate the average lot of people who had suffered so much that they seemed at times beyond suffering.
     — General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe

Hat tip to William Katz at

Posted: Mon - June 13, 2005 at 05:48 AM

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