Marines de EE.UU. orgullosamente posan con Bandera Nazi de la SS

Por Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
10 de febrero 2012

La Infantería de Marina el jueves, una vez más intentócontrolar el daño causado por una fotografía de un equipo de francotiradores de la marina en Afganistán posando delante de una bandera con el logo de la policía Nazi SS – una unidad especial que asesinó millones de Judios, gitanos y otros.

El Cuerpo de Marina dijo en un comunicado que el uso del símbolo no es aceptable, pero los infantes de marina en la fotografía tomada en septiembre de 2010 no va a ser disciplinados, porque los investigadores determinaron que fue un error ingenuo.

La Infantería de Marina cree que el símbolo de las SS estaba destinado a representar a los exploradores y francotiradores y no destinado a ser asociado con una organización racista, dijo el mayor Gabrielle Chapin, vocera en Camp Pendleton, donde los marines se basaron.

“No creo que los marines implicados hayan utilizado cualquier tipo de símbolo asociado de la Alemania nazi que cometió atrocidades en masa en la Segunda Guerra Mundial”, dijo Chapin. “No está dentro de lo que somos como infantes de marina.”

El Cuerpo de Marina ha utilizado el incidente como una herramienta de entrenamiento para hablar con las tropas acerca de cuales símbolos son aceptables cuando se dieron cuenta de la fotografía en noviembre pasado, dijo Chapin.

La imagen desde entonces ha aparecido en un blog de Internet, lo que provocó indignación generalizada que incluye una investigación exhaustiva y castigo, en particular contra los de la fotografía y cualquier persona que lo ha condonado en corte marcial.

“Esto es un atropello total y completo”, dijo Mikey Weinstein, de la Fundación Libertad Religiosa Militar, con sede en Albuquerque, NM

Su organización envió una carta al jefe de la Infantería de Marina, el general James Amos, y el secretario de Defensa, Leon Panetta, el jueves, exigiendo castigo para los implicados.

Era la segunda vez este año la Infantería de Marina ha tenido que hacer control de daños por las acciones de sus tropas. También se investiga un grupo separado de los infantes de marina que grabaron un vídeo orinando sobre los cadáveres de los combatientes talibanes.

“Primero orinan sobre cuerpos muertos y ahora esto”, dijo Weinstein.

Los infantes de marina en la fotografía ya no están con la unidad. Chapin dijo que no sabía si todavía están en el Cuerpo.

En la foto tomada en el pueblo de Sangin, Afganistán, la unidad del Cuerpo de Marines está posando con armas de fuego en frente de una bandera americana y una gran bandera, azul oscura, con lo que parecen ser las letras “SS” en forma de rayos blancos irregulares .

El postavoz del Campamento Pendleton, sargento de artillería Marcos Oliva, dijo que no sabía de dónde provenía la bandera, pero era probable que fuera propiedad de uno de los infantes de marina en la fotografía.

La foto apareció en el blog para una empresa de armamento militar llamado Knight en Titusville, Florida. La empresa no respondió a mensajes de correo electrónico o mensajes telefónicos dejados por The Associated Press.

La SS, o Schutzstaffel, era la fuerza policial y militar del Partido Nazi, que era distinta de la general del ejército. Los miembros prometieron un juramento de lealtad a Adolfo Hitler.

Unidades de las SS fueron responsables de muchos crímenes de guerra y jugaron un papel integral en el exterminio de millones de Judios, junto con gitanos y otras personas que se consideraban indeseables. La SS fue declarada una organización criminal en los juicios por crímenes de guerra de Nuremberg.

El rabino Marvin Hier, fundador del Centro Simon Wiesenthal, con sede en Los Ángeles, dijo que no cree en la explicación de que posando con la bandera fue un error inocente e insistió en que el público estadounidense tiene derecho a saber lo que pasó.

“Si nos fijamos en todos los libros sobre el período nazi, este es el símbolo de la temida SS, y el posar con esta bandera del lado de la bandera de Estados Unidos, cuando 200.000 estadounidenses murieron para liberar al mundo de ese símbolo, considero que va más allá de los límites “, dijo.

Traducido del artículo original US Marines proudly pose with Nazi SS Flag

US Marines proudly pose with Nazi SS Flag

by Julie Watson
Associated Press
February 10, 2012

 The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS — a special unit that murdered millions of Jews, gypsies and others.

The Corps said in a statement that using the symbol was not acceptable, but the Marines in the photograph taken in September 2010 will not be disciplined because investigators determined it was a naïve mistake.

The Marines believed the SS symbol was meant to represent sniper scouts and never intended to be associated with a racist organization, said Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, a spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton, where the Marines were based.

“I don’t believe that the Marines involved would have ever used any type of symbol associated the Nazi Germany military criminal organization that committed mass atrocities in WWII,” Chapin said. “It’s not within who we are as Marines.”

The Corps has used the incident as a training tool to talk to troops about what symbols are acceptable after it became aware of the photograph last November, Chapin said.

The image has since surfaced on an Internet blog, sparking widespread outrage and calls for a full investigation and punishment, including bringing those in the photograph and anyone who condoned it to court martial.

“This is a complete and total outrage,” said Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M.

His organization sent a letter to the head of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday, demanding punishment for those involved.

It was the second time this year the Marine Corps has had to do damage control for actions of its troops. It’s also investigating a separate group of Marines recorded on video urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters.

“First we have Marines peeing on dead bodies and now this,” Weinstein said.

The Marines in the photograph are no longer with the unit. Chapin said she did not know if they are still in the Corps.

In the photo taken in the Afghanistan town of Sangin, the Marine Corps unit is posing with guns in front of an American flag and a large, dark blue flag with what appear to be the letters “SS” in the shape of white jagged lightning bolts.

Camp Pendleton spokesman, Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva, said he did not know where the flag came from but it was likely the property of one of the Marines in the photograph.

The photograph appeared on the blog for a military weapons company called Knight’s Armament in Titusville, Fla. The company did not respond to emails or phone messages left by The Associated Press.

The SS, or Schutzstaffel, was the police and military force of the Nazi Party, which was distinct from the general army. Members pledged an oath of loyalty to Adolph Hitler.

SS units were held responsible for many war crimes and played an integral role in the extermination of millions of Jews along with gypsies and other people who were deemed undesirable. The SS was declared to be a criminal organization at the Nuremberg war crime trials.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, headquartered in Los Angeles, said he does not buy the explanation that posing with the flag was an innocent mistake and insisted the American public has a right to know what happened.

“If you look at any book on the Nazi period, this is the dreaded symbol of the SS, and to have a Marine Corps unit adopt it and put it beside the American flag when 200,000 Americans died to free the world of that dreaded symbol is just beyond the pale,” he said.

Australia agrees US Marine Deployment Plan

Julia Gillard and Barack Obama announce details of the new military arrangement.

BBC
November 16, 2011

Around 250 U.S. Marines will be permanently in northern Australia beginning next year.

Australia has agreed to host a full US Marine task force in the coming years, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced at a news conference with US President Barack Obama in Canberra.

She said about 250 US Marines would arrive next year, eventually being built up to 2,500 personnel.

The deployment is being seen as a move to counter China’s growing influence.

But Mr Obama said the US was “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific”, not excluding China.

“The main message that I’ve said, not only publicly but also privately to China, is that with their rise comes increased responsibility,” he said.

“It is important for them to play by the rules of the road.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin questioned whether the move was in keeping with the region’s peaceful development.

“It may not be quite appropriate to intensify and expand military alliances and may not be in the interest of countries within this region,” he was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

The Global Times, a newspaper produced by the Communist Party-controlled People’s Daily group, has been much more bellicose, says the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas in Beijing.

An editorial warned it was “certain” that if “Australia uses its military bases to help the US harm Chinese interests, then Australia itself will be caught in the crossfire”.

Luo Yuan, a senior officer at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Sciences told the paper that while neither the US or China wanted to start a war, “if China’s core interests such as its sovereignty, national security and unity are intruded on, a military conflict will be unavoidable”.

Alliance honoured

The US president flew into Canberra from this weekend’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum in Honolulu.

The visit comes as the two countries mark a 60-year security alliance.

Ms Gillard said about 250 Marines would be deployed on a rotational basis in northern Australia from next year.

“Australia will welcome deployments of a company-size rotation of 200 to 250 Marines in the Northern Territory for around six months at a time,” she said.

“Over a number of years we intend to build on this relationship in a staged way to a full force of around 2,500 personnel, that is a full Marine air-ground task force.”

Analysts said the deployment was the biggest in Australia since World War II.

Mr Obama said the deployment would allow the US to “meet the demands of a lot of partners in the region” in terms of training, exercises and “security architecture”.

Later in his visit the US leader is due to visit a memorial in Darwin to honour US and Australian soldiers killed during World War II.

Mr Obama has twice cancelled visits to Australia in the past – in March 2010 as he worked to pass healthcare reform legislation and then in June the same year amid the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

After his stop in Darwin, Mr Obama flies to Indonesia for a summit of Asian leaders.