I remember that, when I visited the
People’s Republic of Poland, during Gierek’s government, I was taken
to Osviecim, the most notorious of all concentration camps.There I learned about the horrible crimes
committed by the Nazis against Jewish children, women and senior citizens,
which resulted from the implementation of the ideas contained in the book Mein Kampfwritten
by Adolph Hitler.Those ideas had been
implemented before at the time when the territory of the USSR was invaded in the quest for vital
space.By that time, the governments of London and Paris incited the Nazi chief against the SovietState.
The Soviet army liberated the prisoners
kept at Osviecim and those of almost all the Nazi concentration camps,
condemned those events and took pictures and films which traveled around world.
Obama spoke at the Buchenwald concentration camp, within the German
territory. A granduncle of his, who is still alive and was accompanying him at
the rally, had helped to release the prisoners of that camp.
The most important activity he carried out
in Europe was his attendance to the celebration of
the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing, where he pronounced a second
speech.He went out of his way to praise
Dwight Eisenhower, who commanded the landing.He recognized, in all fairness, the courage of the American soldiers who
fought down a few kilometers of coastline, with the support of the US and the British navy and of thousands of
planes that came mostly from the US factories.The paratroopers divisions were not dropped
at the most correct positions and therefore the battle extended unnecessarily.
The bulk of Hitler’s army and its elite
divisions had been annihilated by Soviet soldiers at the Russian front, after
they recovered from the damages caused by the first military attack.The resistance put up by the city of
Leningrad to a prolonged siege, the combats waged by the Siberian divisions a
few kilometers away from Moscow, and the battles of Stalingrad and of the Kursk
salient will go down in the history of wars as some of the most significant and
As can be inferred from Obama’s speech on
such an occasion, Europe could be liberated from Nazism thanks to
the successful Normandy landing.He
dedicated only 15 words to the role played by the USSR --hardly 1.2 words per every 2 million Soviet
citizens who died in that war.That was
After the end of that bloody war, Iran, which
played a significant role in that war given its natural resources and its
geographical position, was turned by the United States into its strongest and
better armed gendarme in that strategic Asian region.
The Iranian people, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, with the masses unarmed and ready to make any sacrifice, overthrew
the powerful Shah of Iran. That happened during the last two years of the
government of Jimmy Carter, who suffered the first consequences of the wrong
foreign policy of the United States.That policy shortened his mandate and facilitated Ronald Reagan’s coming
The Shah died on July
27, 1980, in Cairo, the same city where Obama delivered his
speech on June 4 last.
The absurd war between Iraq and Iran which began in 1980 lasted 8 years and
was not caused by Khomeini.Reagan got
as much as he could out of it. He first sold weapons to Iran.With those weapons and the revenues from drug trafficking he funded the
dirty war against Nicaragua, thus evading the decisions adopted by the Congress
whereby it refused to grant funds for that cruel adventure that took the life
of so many ‘Sandinista’ youths.Reagan
supported Iraq’s war against Iran.
The US government authorized the supply of raw
materials, technology and gases for the chemical war against Iran, which killed tens of thousands of
soldiers of that country; the civil population was severely affected. American
companies collaborated in the manufacturing of chemical weapons.Besides, satellites provided the necessary
information for all land operations; 600 000 Iranians and 400 000 Iraqis died
in that war; hundreds of billions of dollarswere spent by those two major oil producing countries before both
parties accepted the peace project drafted by the United Nations.
It is not an easy task for a US President to deliver a speech at the MuslimUniversity of Al-Azhar of Cairo.Nor is it to be expected that the Iranians and the Arabs would feel very
enthusiastic about said speech.