Wednesday, June 29, 2005

MSM doom-and-gloom stories in 1945, too

They were wrong then, and they're wrong now.

New York Times articles:

Germans Reveal Hate of Americans. Oct. 31, 1945.
The German attitude toward the American occupation forces has swung from apathy and surface friendliness to active dislike. According to a military government official, this is finding expression in the organization of numerous local anti-American organizations throughout the zone and in a rapid increase in the number of attacks on American soldiers. There were more such attacks in the first week of October than in the preceding five months of the occupation, this source declared. This official views the situation as so serious that he and others are protesting the withdrawal of 1,600 experienced military-government officers from the German governments on township, county and regional levels between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15."

Loss of Victory in Germany Through U.S. Policy Feared. November 18th, 1945.
Grave concern was expressed today by informed officials that the United States might soon lose the fruits of victory in Germany through the failure to prepare adequately for carrying out its long-term commitments under the Potsdam Declaration.

Germans Declare Americans Hated, December 3rd, 1945.
An exhaustive compilation of opinions of Germans in all walks of life on their reaction to the United States occupation of their country was released this afternoon from the confidential status under which it was submitted to officials of the United States Forces in the European Theatre recently. Bitter resentment and deep disappointment was voiced over the Americans' first six months of occupation, though there was some praise for the improvements in transportation, health conditions, book publishing and entertainment.

German Election Set In Towns of U.S. Zone, December 19, 1945.
United States Seventh Army headquarters announced today that plans had been completed for initial German elections in January at Gemuende. A statement said that a vast majority of Germans remained passive in attitude toward politics and displayed no disposition to take over civic responsibilities.

Starting to sound a little familiar, huh folks? History appears to have vindicated us and proved the MSM (specifically, but not exclusively, the NYT) completely wrong. Then again, the MSM is used to being proved wrong all the time, yet they go on doing the same thing. That's the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results.