This World War II Vet Has a Chilling Warning about Trump and the Charlottesville N*zi Terrorists

This World War II Vet Has a Chilling Warning about Trump and the Charlottesville N*zi Terrorists

WWII Veteran Sees Horrifying Echo of the Past in Trump and KKK/Nazi Actions

On Saturday, white supremacists and Nazis marched through Charlottesville, Virginia to rally against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. Though their gathering was described widely in the media as a “protest,” it would be more accurate to describe it as an armed intimidation operation. The Nazis gathered in order to instigate a race riot and commit acts of violence and domestic terrorism against peaceful counterprotesters, including the murder of 32-year-old protester, Heather Heyer.

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Now, a 94-year-old World War II veteran and peace activist is gaining notoriety in the media and on social media because of the disturbing echoes of the past that he sees in the present. Writing in The Guardian, Monday, veteran of the British Royal Air Force Harry Leslie Smith warned that “the winds of war blowing” now in a way that he hasn’t seen since the summer of 1939.

“In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia eviscerates Yemen with the same ferocity as Mussolini did to Ethiopia when I was child in 1935. The hypocrisy of Britain’s government and elite class ensures that innocent blood still flows in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Theresa May’s government insists that peace can only be achieved through the proliferation of weapons of war in conflict zones. Venezuela teeters towards anarchy and foreign intervention while in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte – protected by his alliance with Britain and the US – murders the vulnerable for the crime of trying to escape their poverty through drug addiction.

“Because I am old, now 94, I recognise these omens of doom. Chilling signs are everywhere, perhaps the biggest being that the US allows itself to be led by Donald Trump, a man deficient in honour, wisdom and just simple human kindness. It is as foolish for Americans to believe that their generals will save them from Trump as it was for liberal Germans to believe the military would protect the nation from Hitler’s excesses.”

Following the march in Charlottesville, Smith responded to comments on Twitter, and opined on what he saw in the march.

Some far-right apologist tried to call out Smith by arguing that they weren’t actual Nazis, but “young white men asserting themselves.” Smith was having none of it.

In March of 2016, The Guardian produced a video of Smith speaking out against anti-refugee sentiments and policies in the UK and Europe. He described his experience in Germany at the end of World War II, watching war refugees being turned away at borders, and the inhumanity of it. You can watch the video below.

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Featured image via The Guardian/YouTube video screengrab

Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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