Thursday, 4 September 2008

The classic soldier and politician

Picasso - US soldiers massacre Korean women and children

President Truman was a soldier and he was the US president in 1950 when hundreds of Korean refugees, mostly women, children and old men, were massacred by US soldiers at No Gun Ri.

Franklin Pierce was a general and a President of the USA. He was in favour of slavery. (Cached)

King Richard the Lionheart massacred thousands of Muslim prisoners at Acre in 1191. Muslims, Jews and Christians were brutally massacred by the Christian Crusaders.

Not all Christian soldiers make good rulers.

Now, who is the classic soldier and politician?

Cromwell - dictator of Britain from 1653-58

Oliver Cromwell was the typical soldier-politician.

"During his lifetime, some tracts painted him as a hypocrite motivated by power — for example, The Machiavilian Cromwell and The Juglers Discovered.[84] " (Oliver Cromwell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

Oliver Cromwell's grandfather was Sir henry Cromwell whose second wife died after a long and unpleasant illness.

"Her death was attributed by local folk to witchcraft.

"An elderly couple from Warboys and their daughter were accused and in circumstances of extreme barbarity were tortured, condemned and executed." (Queens' College Record 2001 - Cromwell Family)

At the siege of Drogheda in September 1649, Oliver Cromwell massacred nearly 3,500 people, including civilians, after the town's capture.[29]

Drogheda in Ireland, 1649.

At the Siege of Wexford in October, another massacre took place, with up to 1,500 civilians murdered by Cromwell's men.[30]

At Drogheda, a group of defenders barricaded themselves in Millmount Fort. They negotiated a surrender, but were then disarmed and killed.

Cromwell sent some of the Irish to the West Indies.

Sir William Petty wrote in his The Political Anatomy of Ireland (1672) ( • View topic - Oliver Cromwell ...):

"Widows and orphans... were kidnapped and transported by the slave trading merchants of Bristol..."

From the site • View topic - Oliver Cromwell was a Pimp and Child ..., we learn:

"Cromwell's puritan sensibilities did not hinder him from jumping to supply the colonists... and making a good profit to boot.

"A Captain John Vernon, for example, was employed by the Commissioners for Ireland to kidnap 250 Irish girls around twelve years of age and transport them to Barbados...

"It's estimated that tens of thousands of Irish children, both boys and girls, were kidnapped to supply this vile trade."

In 1661, Cromwell's corpse was removed from Westminster Abbey and then dangled from a gibbet at Tyburn. His head was displayed on a spike for 20 years.


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