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Apologia for War

Apologia for War

Written by Alfonso Elizondo

 

 

 

On Thursday June 5, the presidents of France and the United States, together with British Prime Minister Theresa May celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day military operation that led to the end of the World War II. The spectacular ceremony was held on an 80-kilometer stretch of the Normandy coast where just over 150,000 soldiers landed on June 6, 1944 under Nazi fire. In a cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, one of the five points of the Allied invasion, Macron said France owed its freedom to those veterans.

The Normandy landings had been planned for many months. During the night thousands of paratroopers jumped behind the German defense lines and subjected the infantry troops on the beaches to heavy machine gun and artillery fire. Dozens of American soldiers were shot down by German machine guns as they climbed the cliffs of Omaha Beach heading towards Colleville-sur-Mer, where there is now a cemetery for the Americans who died there.

In his speech addressed to surviving veterans Trump said that “they were the pride of the United States, the glory of the Republic, for which we give thanks from the bottom of our hearts.”

The Normandy landing is the greatest amphibious invasion in history and it brought the liberation of Europe to this day.

Addendum: These events are totally true and are documented as unprecedented historical fact. However, it is a question of not only justifying but also of praising the use of military violence as the only possible way to resolve conflicts between nation states, which have existed for hundreds of thousands of years since the beginning of the human race.