Many nations in Europe continue to twist and dodge concerning their behavior during World War Ii when six million Jews were sent to their deaths by the Germans. It is often ignored that Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria were allies of Nazi Germany and participated in the war as active participants. The French people have always found themselves divided since it was clear there were many collaborators with the Nazis and the Vichy regime worked closely with Germans in rounding up and deporting Jews to death camps. France’s highest judicial body finally recognized the French government’s responsibility for the deportation of Jews and made clear the Vichy government was fully “responsible” for these actions. The decision also stated that those who were deported had been compensated and therefore the claimants request for compensation was denied.
The judicial council called for a “solemn recognition of the state’s responsibility and of collective prejudice suffered” by those who were deported.
The head of French bishops expressed strong opposition to proposals by President Sarkozy to allow stores to open on Sunday in order to spur the economy and allow people to do more shopping. Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris, declared, “this is an unhealthy development because I believe that a society that has no bearings to mark its use of time is a society that is coming apart.” He pointed out Sunday was often the only time of the week when children and parents could gather and enjoy a pleasant family meal. The Archbishop also cited high divorce rates which somehow connect to shopping or something like that.
If the Archbishop has such a strong desire to ensure people are not shopping on days when they might best attend a religious event, why isn’t he arguing against allowing shops to open on Saturday when Jews are supposedly in synagogues or close on days when Muslims or Buddhists need a day of rest? If we really want to give people time to be with families, let’s just ban all shopping and have them remain home.
If any family want time together they can make it and there is no connection to shopping or not shopping. In fact, they can all shop together and have a pleasant meal along the way.
The Rwandan government has issued a 500 page report that alleges France was aware of preparations for the genocide and the French military in Rwanda helped to plan and carry out the killings of members of the Tutsi minority. It accuses French troops in Operation Turquoise of acts of murder and rape against Tutsi people of whom 800,000 were slaughtered by the Hutu majority. The Rwandan government calls on international bodies to indict French officials for their role in the Rwandan genocide.
French Defense Minister Herve Morin rejected as “intolerable” the allegations by Rwanda concerning the supposed role played by French forces in the genocide that led to the death of 800,000 Tutsis. Morin was in Rwanda and argues, “I still remember what the military did to save hundreds and thousands of human lives in abominable conditions.” he claims a French parliamentary investigation cleared French troops of any inhumane behavior.
Perhaps, it is time for the African Union or the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation since charges of genocide should not be lightly made or disputed.