When Salinger entered Hürtgen, he crossed into a nightmare world. The forest was more heavily fortified than anyone had guessed. The Germans employed tree bursts, which exploded well above the soldiers’ heads, resulting in a shower of shrapnel and shredded tree limbs. Then there was the weather—either drenching wet or burning cold. Nearly half of the 2,517 casualties suffered by the 12th Infantry in Hürtgen were due to the elements. Hürtgen is viewed by historians as among the greatest Allied debacles of the war.
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ANTI-IMPERIALISM FIGHTERSANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTWARWAR Mongers & Profiteers
ANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTI-NEOLIBERALISMARAB NATIONISRAELI EXCEPTIONALISMJEWISH QUESTIONSKULTURALIA
EDWARD SAID—Sure enough Sartre did have something for us: a prepared text of about two typed pages that – I write entirely on the basis of a twenty-year-old memory of the moment – praised the courage of Anwar Sadat in the most banal platitudes imaginable. I cannot recall that many words were said about the Palestinians, or about territory, or about the tragic past. Certainly no reference was made to Israeli settler-colonialism, similar in many ways to French practice in Algeria. It was about as informative as a Reuters dispatch, obviously written by the egregious Victor to get Sartre, whom he seemed completely to command, off the hook.
ANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTHEROIC HISTORYReligion & SpiritualityRELIGIOSITY & SUPERSTITION
ED CURTIN—In 2007 the Catholic Church declared Jägerstätter a martyr and beatified him. The irony of making a saint out of a man whose spiritual witness was opposed by the institutional church authorities cannot be lost on a thinking person. Long dead, safely in his grave, a monument can be erected to his memory. [As, by official overpraise we also defanged the meaning and legacy of Martin Luther King.—Ed]
ANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTI-NEOLIBERALISMRACISM
DANNY HAIPHONG—There is a long-standing assumption that white liberalism is the lesser evil to the more fascistic forces that exist in U.S. society. Trump’s victory in the presidential election of 2016 has only intensified the strength of this assumption. At the same time, Trump’s first term as president has exposed how the dangers of white liberal fragility are far reaching and reflect the core rot of U.S. imperialism. White liberalism and its state organ, the Democratic Party, have participated in the decades-long assault on the living standards of workers and oppressed people.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESAMERICAN STUDIESANIMAL MARTYRDOMANTI-CORPORATISMANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTIWAR
PATRICE GREANVILLE—Joaquin Phoenix’s seemingly impromptu and brave Oscar speech was way above and beyond the pampered audience’s comfort zone and comprehension, clearly outside the usual insufferably egocentric drivel delivered by most award recipients, and yet they eventually rose to their feet, perhaps dimly aware of the depth and scope of the message, something that the media custodians of the status quo studiously failed to do. Their almost uniform response has ranged from outright scorn—as typified by the venom spat by the repulsive Murdoch rag, The New York Post—to hollowing out exactly all the major and substantive points in Phoenix’s clear expression of personal beliefs.