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Unsung Heroes

June 8, 2009

This past week while folks  fretted about David Carradine’s body outside the tuxified Super-Suit, and mass media pushed  Obama’s glorification of uniformed men from World War II,  these heroes  remain in the background:

(1) The estimated millions of women (more women than men) who died under  top-male leadership, with greater atrocities practiced upon women experimentally, in World War II’s concentration camps.  Why did  more women die?  For one heroic thing, women were unwilling to flee the Nazis because somebody (the unsung heroic women) needed to stay and take care of elderly relatives and children.  Jewish women were also leaders in movements for the leadership and equality of the next generation of young women.  See, e.g., Bernard Cook, Women and war: a historical encyclopedia from antiquity to the present – Google Books Result

Post-torture mass graves, tragic and not so pretty, but here’s a small public-domain image:

The truth

(2) Two American journalists (Euna Lee and Laura Ling, women who are LA residents) captured  while near the China-North Korean border reporting on Korean women being trafficked (abducted and held prisoner as sex slaves) by men.    The cameraman and the local guide escaped.

The women as prisoners have now been sentenced by North Korea’s top-male government to 12 years of punishing hard labor.  When you see cropped photos about South Korean men  protesting for the release of these two women, the bigger picture is one group of men (South Korean) vying for power with another group of men (North Korean, headed by Kim Jung II):

A conservative protester holds portraits of U.S. journalists ...
Reuters