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From: (Yale F. Edeiken)
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Subject: Bellinger Hits Rock Bottom
Date: 1 Dec 1997 04:39:16 GMT
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	Those whose screens are not clouded by coffee spray after reading 
Bellinger's various distortions have noticed that he is frequently, *ah*, 
coy about giving references for his various claims.  Most of the time 
he just claims that they will be forthcoming at some unidentified 
time in the future which, like Godot, never seems to arrive.  On the 
rare occasions when he doesn't stammer out that he read it "somewhere," 
his checkable references invariably fail to back out his contentions.  
Such a case is now before us.

	Apparently tired of trying to find ever more ludicrous excuses for the 
murderers he seems to worship, he decided to use one of the red herrings 
of which he so fond.  Bellinger has claimed that Eisenhower was planning 
to "murder" (Bellinger's words) the German High Command.  Then he made 
his classic mistake.  As proof of that assertion  he claimed that the 
proof can be found in Telford Taylor's book "The Anatomy of the Nuremberg 
Trials"  (1992; ISBN 0-316-83400-9) and presented some artfully snipped 
words taken completely out of context.  The proof?  Here are the 
quotations unaltered:

	1.  "Subsequently Eisenhower put in writing his personal views, which 
        he 'placed before the President and the Secretary of State 
        when they came to Potsdam in July, 1945.'  They included the 
        following recommendations . . . . . (3) the German General 
        Staff should be 'utterly eliminated,' all its records destroyed, 
        its members 'scattered and rendered powerless to operate as a 
        body,' and in 'proper cases' they should be 'more specifically 
        punished.'"  page 108

	There was, of course, no mention of "murder" or any proposal to do so.

	2.  "On June 5, 1945, Einsenhower cabled the War Department that the 
        policy his headquarters was carrying out was that 'members of the 
        German General Staff Corps and equivalent Naval and Air Officers  
        . . . should be arrested and segregated in separate detention 
        camps pending . . . [Allied] decision as to their disposal."  
        pages 109-110.

	Again no mention or recommendation of "murder."

	3.  On June 18, 1945, Einsenhower made the following statement:

	"The General Staff must be utterly destroyed.  These wars of Germany's 
    have been, from the standpoint of the General Staff, merely campaigns 
    -- merely incidents. . . . Now, how are you going to destroy the 
    German General Staff is something else again, because many of them 
    have the excuse they did their duty as honorable soldiers.  But my own 
    opinion is that it should be made utterly impossible for them ever to 
    function again . . . ."

	"To my mind you not only have to get them and eliminate all their 
    archives, but you have to get every man, certainly, that is a trained 
    general staff officer, and I see no way of doing it except 
    segregation in some way, where he simply can't get back to his job."  
    --page 110

	Again, not only no advocacy of "murder."

	4.  The final recommendations were formulated by Major General Ray W. 
    Barker of Einsenhower's staff about which Taylor wrote:

	"Three courses of action, Barker wrote, had been proposed for 'disposal' 
    of these officers: (1) Banishment or exile of the 'St. Helena nature,' 
    (2) 'Disposal, individually, or in small groups, throughout the world 
    to places under control of the Allied governmens,' (3) 'Detention in 
    Germany under severe restrictive measures prescribed by the Control 
    Council.' The first two of these Barker very sensibily rejected 
    . . . ."  -- pages 111-112.

	In short the sources which Bellinger cites as authority, say nothing 
whatsoever about the "murder" of the German General Staff.  The 
"evidence" Bellinger cited was nothing more than transparently 
dishonest misquotation.

	If you can't trust the messenger, Bellinger, how can you trust the 



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