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Somehow "Ministry of Truth" Seems a Good Title for Yaacov Lozowick...

Yaacov Lozowick writes:

Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations: Ministry of Truth: Glenn Greenwald today compared the Nazi invasion of Austria, the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia, with the American invasion of Iraq. By the end of the same post he hedges his bets, and adds that he's not really making the comparison, unless he is but he isn't. Having seen the firestorm of protest he ignited, he than adds three times that he didn't make the comparison....

There was no Nazi invasion of the Sudetenland, no invasion of Slovakia, hardly one of Austria and even less of Bohemia. Nazi Germany brutally invaded many countries, but those weren't among them. Go check the history books and see if I know what I'm talking about. Glenn Greenwald surely doesn't....

The next day:

I was quite careful with my words.... There was a large-scale movement of German troops into Bohenia and Moravia on March 14th 1940... Hacha was forced to accept German domination. It was all bloodless and completed within the day. This is not commonly called an invasion in German, but in my original post I left it vague...

On one day he says Bohemia and Moravia are "not among" the places "Nazi Germany brutally invaded."

The next day he says "I left it vague" whether Bohemia and Moravia were "invaded" by Nazi Germany.

Slippery guy.

Perhaps he means he never denied it was an invasion--he only denied that it was a brutal invasion?

Let's turn the microphone to Neville Chamberlain--certainly not a person prone to see an invasion where there is none:

An Attempt to Dominate the World by Force: Bohemia and Moravia have been annexed to the German Reich. Non-German inhabitants, who, of course, include the Czechs, are placed under the German Protector in the German Protectorate... subject to the political, military and economic needs of the Reich.... Perhaps most sinister of all, we hear again of the appearance of the Gestapo... the usual tale of wholesale arrests of prominent individuals, with consequences with which we are all familiar. Every man and woman in this country who remembers the fate of the Jews and the political prisoners in Austria must be filled today with distress and foreboding. Who can fail to feel his heart go out in sympathy to the proud and brave people who have so suddenly been subjected to this invasion, whose liberties are curtailed, whose national independence has gone?

What has become of this declaration of “No further territorial ambition”? What has become of the assurance “We don’t want Czechs in the Reich”? What regard had been paid here to that principle of self-determination on which Herr Hitler argued so vehemently with me at Berchtesgaden when he was asking for the severance of Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia and its inclusion in the German Reich?...

I do not believe there is anyone who will question my sincerity when I say there is hardly anything I would not sacrifice for peace. But there is one thing that I must except, and that is... liberty.... It is only six weeks ago that I... pointed out that any demand to dominate the world by force was one which the democracies must resist.... [W]ith the lessons of history for all to read, it seems incredible that we should see such a challenge.... [N]o greater mistake could be made than to suppose that, because it believes war to be a senseless and cruel thing, this nation... will not take part to the utmost of its power in resisting such a challenge.... I have not merely the support, the sympathy, the confidence of my fellow-countrymen and countrywomen, but... the approval of the whole British Empire and of all other nations who value peace, indeed, but who value freedom even more.

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