History / Warfare

June 6: Liberation Day

Is it strange that 6/6, 66.666666% of the so-called sign of the beast, is historically a day of liberation?  Much will be made about Allied sacrifice at Normandy as today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, but the most important significance is not somber–D-Day marks the unequivocal date on which the liberation of France began.  Soon Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands would also see liberation after that momentous invasion in June of 1944.

This is the essential difference between World War II and every war the United States has engaged in since.  In Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam, how could we look at ourselves as anything but occupiers?


“U.S. Troops in Kabul”


“A U.S. soldier secures a street in the Abu Sheer neighborhood in southern Baghdad Ahmad Al-Rubaye”

A Viet Cong base camp is torched near My Tho, Vietnam on April 5th, 1968. In the foreground is Private First Class Raymond Rumpa, St Paul, Minnesota, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, with 45 pound 90mm recoilless rifle. (US Department of Defense)

“A Viet Cong base camp is torched near My Tho, Vietnam on April 5th, 1968”

….versus France:


Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam will never be seen as “good” wars unless we feel compelled to bury our fallen in their soil.  Happy Liberation Day, Europe.


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