The Italian Navy transported nearly 50,000 Army troops to the Libyan coast, where they quickly overcame light resistance and occupied the coastal cities. The Ottomans only had light forces on the ground, and were not able to put up an effective resistance. Due to the weakness of their navy, compared to the Italian naval forces, and the declared neutrality of Egypt (which was under British control), the Ottomans were not able to reinforce the defenders in North Africa. Because of this apparent weakness in the face of Italian aggression, the Ottoman government had to…(read more at http://www.historyguy.com/italo_turkish_war.htm)
New page on the Egypt-Libya War of 1977 now online at http://www.historyguy.com/egypt_libya_war_1977.htm
A recent editorial by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Don’t Spin The Civil War, is a fact and data-filled piece that reiterates the need to remember the real reason the United States fought a bloody, and ultimately victorious and righteous Civil War (note that it is rightly called the “Civil War,” not the ” War Between the States.”) Dionne’s piece backs up the post on this website denouncing the upcoming re-enactment of Jefferson Davis’s oath of office by pro-Southern re-enactors who want to (pardon the pun) white-wash history by spouting the usual blather about the reasons for the Civil War. Secession and the war were driven by the slavery issue, not states’ rights. Read Dionne’s piece for some good information on this ongoing problem with the pro-Confederate attempt to revise the history of the American Civil War.
Civil re-enactors plan to re-create Jefferson Davis’s Oath of Office on that event’s 150th anniversary. This is akin to a pack of Neo-Nazis in Germany planning to re-enact the Nuremburg Rallies or a re-enactment of Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of the Patriots in the American Revolution.
Jefferson Davis led a rebellion against the constitutionally-elected government of the United States. The moment he took the Confederate oath of office, he marked himself and all of his followers as illegitimate traitors to all that the United States of America stood for then, and stands for today. Re-enacting significant battles from American history is one thing, but Davis’ swearing in as the Confederate leader is re-enacting a political act; specifically a political act that sought to preserve the “right” of rich white men to own other human beings as property. Many Confederate apologists argue that the southern secession and the Civil War are about the legitimate political concept of States’ Rights, or the sanctity of property, or a response to the economic inequality between the North and the South.
The bare truth is that secession and war were about slavery, and that Jefferson Davis’ inauguration as the leader of an attempted country based on the blood and sweat of enslaved man and women was a ceremony as evil and malicious as Hitler’s Nuremburg rallies. Slavery was the American Holocaust, stretched out over hundreds of years rather than Hitler’s 12 years of tyranny.
Re-enacting the ultimate act of treason by America’s ultimate traitor is a political act (rightfully protected by the constitution Davis rejected), that will mark the re-enactors as ill-thinking racists who pine for an earlier era when African-Americans were subservient and without rights. Do you think these re-enactors voted for a black man to occupy the White House? I kinda doubt it.
Read the article from The Houston Chronicle, Dec. 22, 2010:
Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will parade up Montgomery’s main street to the state Capitol on Feb. 19 to recreate the swearing-in of Confederate President Jefferson Davis 150 years ago.
African-American leaders might protest nearby with a message that the Confederacy should be remembered with shame for trying to keep blacks enslaved rather than with celebration.
Organizers say they are not trying to create controversy. Read the rest of the article from The Houston Chronicle,
Wars of Korea
Anti-Japanese Resistance (1919-1945)–Many different groups and rebel forces resisted Japanese rule over Korea.
Jeju Rebellion (1948-1949)–Communist rebellion on the South Korean island of Jeju
The Korean War (1950-1953)
The Korean Border Conflicts page is now updated to reflect the recent North Korean Attack on Yeonpyeong Island.
Honoring our Heroes on Veteran’s Day
Veteran’s Day is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices, bravery, and patriotism of millions of service members whose call to duty guarantees the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by all Americans. To my brother, cousins, father, aunt and grandfathers who served, most especially, THANK YOU!
New page on Islamic and Muslim History now online at: http://www.historyguy.com/muslim_history.htm
The new Russian History Portal page is now online at: http://www.historyguy.com/russian_history.htm