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July 28, 2007

Jane is Proud to be a Partisan

Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake had a powerful post up last week that describes perfectly how many of us feel about the need to fight to get our country back and to stand behind those who are labeled as "partisans" in an attempt to get them to shut up. 

Jane talks about going to the Holocaust Museum in DC recently with a friend whose parents were both holocaust survivors.  She wrote particularly about the "partisans" in the war.  These were the people, many of whom were Jews who had escaped from the ghettos or the camps and lived off the land behind German lines.  They fought a small but determined guerilla war against the German soldiers, paying often with their lives.  Here's the tale of one:

Twenty-three-year-old Hannah Senesh, a Hungarian Jew who emigrated to Palestine in 1939, was one of the thirty-two Palestinian parachutists the British dropped behind German lines to organize resistance and rescue efforts. Before crossing the border in Hungary on June 7, 1944, to warn Hungarian Jews about the extermination camps, Senesh, a poet, handed a poem to one of her companions. It ended with these lines: “Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating for honor’s sake. Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.” Senesh was captured the next day and executed as a traitor to Hungary.

Jane's plea for supporting the "partisans" of today resonates. 

So the next time someone starts throwing around blanket condemnations of all “partisanship,” be suspicious. And remind them that this too is what it means to be a partisan:

The need to fight right now to restore the Constitution and end the war is strong, and that means some people are going to have to take a stand against a ruthless and intractable opponent. We need to rally behind them and acknowledge their heroism rather than stand back and allow others to tear them down as “partisans” for their willingness to do so.

Because sometimes fighting is the right thing to do.

I’m proud to be a partisan.

Posted by Lynn Allen on July 28, 2007 at 07:15 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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