Friday, June 20, 2003

The Rosenbergs, Ronald Reagan and the SS Graves

When President Reagan visited Germany in 1985 to commemorate the post-war peace between Germany and the United States, he visited the Bitburg Cemetery, which as it turned out, contained the remains not just of Wermacht soldiers but of the Waffen SS. Reagan later expressed his regret at the poor choice of symbolism. Which is more than the New York Times will do in its celebration of the Rosenbergs, who spied for Stalin, the greatest mass murderer in history, a greater criminal than Adolph Hitler. The Times itself admits: 

THE available evidence now suggests to historians that Julius Rosenberg did in fact spy for the Soviet Union. The evidence against Ethel Rosenberg, however, is considered flimsy at best. But whatever they may have done, it is far from evident that they had handed Moscow the key to its first atomic bomb, as charged at the time.

But they tried. Tried to give Stalin a far greater weapon than any the Waffen SS wielded in their brief, bloody career. Still the New York Times has the gall to write:

Killing the couple was one thing. But to do the deed on the Sabbath, apparently, was quite another. 

The Rosenbergs -- and the SS -- are dead; and if they were evil, they served their perverted causes with a certain undeniable bravery. It is a distinction which the fellow travellers, the bourgeoise sympathizers, the dilettante authors who play at revolution, while sipping their cappuccinos in Manhattan, will never attain to. Jason Blair was not the bottom. There is none at the New York Times.