quarta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2004


"My friend Ernst Winter, the son-in-law of Col. von Trapp, told me of a remarkable event in his father-in-law's military career. His father-in-law had been a U-boat commander in World War I.

He came upon a French military ship. He surfaced, told the captain that he was going to sink the ship, and told him to tell his crew to abandon ship. He was met with explosive resistance. He took the U-boat beneath the enemy vessel, re-surfaced on the other side, and gave the warning again. More shots. He submerged, fired his torpedoes, and sank the ship. Hundreds of French sailors drowned.

After the War, the French awarded von Trapp a medal.

On the day Truman dropped the bomb, Ernst went to his commanding officer – he was in the U.S. Army – and tried to resign his commission. He was appalled. His request was refused. He had accompanied Patton's forces into Austria. His father had been the anti-Nazi Vice Mayor of Vienna, 1934–38, who fled the day the Nazis marched in. The family came to the United States.

This was the military tradition of the West for a thousand years. Von Trapp lived to see it die. "

The Cannibals of War, by Gary North

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