There are many important events and new things to talk about. For those who would like to take a moment and reflect on the eventful occurrences surrounding this day, here goes.
Ray Bradbury passed away on the 5th of June. He was 91 and that’s a fair stretch of time for anyone to inhabit this place. Far be it from me as ill-suited to write about someone with such literary gifts so I cap this topic with a few of his memorable quotes.
“At the center of religion is love. I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. Everything in our life should be based on love.”
“We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves.”
Afterword to the 1979 edition of Fahrenheit 451.
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine/FourSquareGospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.”
“I don’t think about what I do. I do it. I jump off the cliff and build my wings on the way down.”
Operation Overlord – Operation Neptune
Today June 6th marks the anniversary of the invasion and rescue of Europe by the Allied forces on the beaches of France. ‘Operation Overlord‘ was the code name for the Battle of Normandy. Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord.
The invasion of France required the coordination and massing of multiple nation combatants. These vast activities required the secretive coordinated massing of men and material to successfully launch an operation against a highly fortified beachhead. All of this was to occur while still attempting to carry out daily air raids against Fortress Europe.
The Nazis under Adolf Hitler carried out systemic slaughter of any racial group identified by them as inferior. This included Jews which were the single most easily identified group that could have assisted in his world wide conquest. Albert Einstein among many others fled Germany before the conflict. If he had become a willing accomplice and assisted in the creation of an atomic bomb for Germany, the war might have ended entirely different.
If you haven’t read about or understood the serious and deadly involvement of most of the nations on the earth during this period which led up to the historic date of June 6th 1944, I suggest you read some of the highlighted links. There are also many movies which portray this period and give their own perspective.
The Longest Day • Band of Brothers Part 2 Day of Days • A Bridge Too Far – Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944) An opportunity to end the war sooner which ended in disaster.
I’ll stop this circumlocution and post more tomorrow.