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Letters 9-18-13

National Security Agency… Now We Know

Dear Editor…

Thanks to Edward Snowden we now know that our NSA has been supplying all of our intelligence info to Israel including info about us citizens..at the same time NIS our national intelligence service has Israel ranked as the third most aggressive spy network working in the USA… Something wrong with this picture? Polish people have been begging for visa privileges  that other nations are automatically given, yet for HOW MANY YEARS have we been sharing our intelligence with a foreign power? Every president who allowed this should be tried for treason..not only Obama but Bush and as far back as it goes. This is what we the people are NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW??? Edward Snowden, thank you for revealing what we are not supposed to know.

JOHN DAUGELA

 

All That Was Done, Just To Have An Unconditional Surrender!

In response to Mr. Hicswa’s and Mr. Sidor’s letters of 9/4/13, first let me state that I stand by all of what I have written in my letter to the Post Eagle of 8/13/13. Especially my quote that the atomic bombing of Japan was unnecessary.

Documents show that on January 2nd of 1945 President Roosevelt received a 40-page memorandum from General Douglas MacArthur outlining five separate surrender overtures from high-level Japanese officials. The overtures were totally ignored by FDR. This was two days before the President was to  attend the Yalta conference.

This is a list of the terms of surrender submitted to FDR by the Japanese along with a request to retain their Emperor

• Complete surrender of all Japanese forces and arms, at home, on island possessions, and in occupied countries.

• Occupation of Japan and its possessions by Allied troops under American direction.

• Japanese relinquishment of all territory seized during the war, as well as Manchuria, Korea and Taiwan.

• Regulation of Japanese industry to halt production of any weapons and other tools of war.

• Release of all prisoners of war and internees.

• Surrender of designated war criminals.

In the end these terms along with the retention of their Emperor were identical to what was signed on September 2nd, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri.

In April and May 1945, Japan made three attempts through neutral Sweden and Portugal to bring the war to a peaceful end. On April 7, acting Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu met with Swedish ambassador Widon Bagge to get something done. The US told the Ambassador from Sweden to forget about it.

By early July the US had intercepted messages from Togo to the Japanese ambassador in Moscow, Naotake Sato, showing that the Emperor himself was taking a personal hand in the peace effort, and had directed that the Soviet Union be asked to help end the war.

So,  if FDR would have accepted the Japanese offer of January 2nd, the invasion of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Tinian and Saipan would have been avoided and tens of thousands of American servicemen’s lives would have been saved, and in Japan, a quarter of the country would not have been put to ruins, and with close to three million civilians killed. All of this done just to have an unconditional surrender. Makes one wonder who were the real fanatics in this war.

Sincerely
Alexander Karwoski

 

Flag Etiquette

Vatican observers broadly agree that the canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II will take place in the spring of 2014. The ascendancy of this new Polish saint will be marked by special events at many Polish Roman Catholic parishes in the United States.  Secular and religious dignitaries from many countries will be attending these celebrations to commemorate the career of the Polish Pope, who truly was a world historical figure.

Several of our parishes in the New York Metropolitan Area fly more than one flag from the same flagpole; starting from the top, the United States flag, then Poland’s flag, and then the Vatican flag.  Some say such a display suggests subordination and does NOT conform to the SPIRIT of the United States “Flag Code”, Title 4 United States Code, Paragraph 7, Subsection (g) “Position and Manner of Display”, which states:  “When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height.  The flags should be of approximately equal size.  International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.”

Moreover, the “Flag Code”, like many statutes, contains a contradiction.  Paragraph 7 Subsection (c) includes language which counsels against flying the United States flag at the same height, in time of peace, as other flags. Congress added Subsection (c) to the “Flag Code” in 1953. Subsection(g) was included in the text of the “Flag Code” when it first was enacted in 1934. Subsection (c) expresses the most recent position of Congress, and therefore of public opinion, and should be observed.  Nevertheless, this writer is convinced that the way in which Subsection (c) is implemented should NOT suggest subordination.

International usage as described in Paragraph 7, Subsection(g) of the “Flag Code” clearly militates against interpreting Paragraph 7, Subsection(c) as requiring the American flag to fly high above, and thereby subordinate other countries’ flags.  And the Vatican flag is just that, the flag of a sovereign state and not a Church pennant.  Blessed Pope John Paul II exerted an immense influence over international affairs, and the display of the Vatican flag, especially at parishes involved in this coming spring’s events, should conform to the SPIRIT of Subsection (g).

This may be a good time for some parishes to buy two more flagpoles.  This writer has no pecuniary interest in the flagpole business.  There are no penalties for NOT observing the “Flag Code”.  The “Flag Protection Act of 1989” prescribes penalties for “violating the physical integrity of the flag.”  Is the money saved by flying three flags from the same flagpole more important than avoiding the suggestion of subordination?

Due deference to the United States flag, and Paragraph 7, Subsection (c) can be shown by not flying other flags from poles to the right, that is the United States flag’s right, or the observer’s left.  Therefore, the order of the three flag poles should be, from the observer’s left, the United States flag, the Vatican flag, and Poland’s flag, with the American flag flying from a flagpole on slightly higher ground.

The Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark, NJ is a model example of how a secular organization observes the “Flag Code” without suggesting subordination.  From flagpoles of the same height, the Polish flag flies to the observer’s right of the American flag and both flags are of approximately equal size, however, the American flag flies from a flagpole mounted on slightly higher ground, thereby discreetly conforming to Subsection (c) while avoiding the appearance of subordination.

John Czop