Part of their demeanor is that they think thy're SOOO much more clever than anyone else... it's ego... it's also - loook at all the right wing LIES on TV and radio... have any been booted like Imus? No ! WHY? wrap (i.e. preface) your LIES in the flag or the cross and you can say anything !<br>Some of the public ARE that stupid and malleable.<br><br>and Poly is right on... IF it'd turned out like they expected... NO one would care... even I'd be less critical... I didn't say I'd love them... don't get me wrong... but the argument of the damage the LIES caused would be weakened. Hell the US Cavalry gave blankets inoculated with smallpox to some indian tribes- wiped out whole villages in the 1870-80s... ever hear of it ? I didn't think so ! <br><br>it's not stupid that made them try it _ it was arrogance and feeling of superiority..<br>and anyone who argued was "unpatriotic" and aiding the enemy - the same BS they're peddling now !!<br><br>David (OFI)
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Hell the US Cavalry gave blankets inoculated with smallpox to some indian tribes- wiped out whole villages in the 1870-80s.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Not true as far as most historians. The British may have done it giving blankets to Indians who were cavorting with the French but all stories of the US Army doing this are unsubstantiated.<br><br>The outbreak with the Mandan Indians in 1837 was alleged but was shown to be an accidental outbreak and the US Army was not involved.<br><br>Smallpox did not need any help in wiping out the indigenous population in the Americas. It happened all by itself. Read "Guns, Germs and Steel".<br><br><br><br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>And they thought voters won't change Pres if they're in a War!<br>They were right. ...<p><hr></blockquote><p>And everyday I shake my head wondering...<br> <br><br> One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is<br>because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. <br>Dale Carnegie
Well a Prof back in Grad school (1970s) told that story, and I never checked it out. Just goes to show ya - ya can't believe everything... <br><br>I did read Rats, Lice and History and Plagues and Peoples but they never went into that topic.<br><br>David (OFI)
The only case I know of is when Lord Jeffery Amherst discussed giving smallpox-infested blankets to the Ottawas during the Pontiac Rebellion of 1760 (plus or minus a couple of years). It was actually a subordinate who gave the blankets, without apparently any consultation with Amherst.<br><br>
_________________________ MACTECHubi dolor ibi digitus
Lord Jeffrey mentioned it in a letter that it would be a good idea to end the siege of Fort Pitt. The subordinate agreed. But neither did anything about it. Someone else thought of it a bit earlier and had tried it on the Indians at the siege. Most think it did not work. Lots of Indians had smallpox at that time but likely not from infected blankets.<br><br>FYI: Lord Jeffrey Amherst was a British soldier. In 1763 there was no US Army.<br>FYI: wireless internet access is complementary at the Lord Jeffrey Inn.<br><br><br><br><br>
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