Beware the Night of Long Knives

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The Night of the Long Knives (German: About this sound Nacht der langen Messer ), also called Operation Hummingbird (German: Unternehmen Kolibri) or, in Germany, the Röhm Putsch (German spelling: Röhm-Putsch), was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate Hitler's absolute hold on power in Germany. Many of those killed were leaders of the SA (Sturmabteilung), the Nazis' own paramilitary Brownshirts organization; the best-known victim was Ernst Röhm, the SA's leader and one of Hitler's longtime supporters and allies. Leading members of the left-wing Strasserist faction of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), along with its figurehead, Gregor Strasser, were also killed, as were establishment conservatives and anti-Nazis (such as former Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher and Bavarian politician Gustav Ritter von Kahr, who had suppressed Adolf Hitler's Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1923). The murders of Brownshirt leaders were also intended to improve the image of the Hitler government with a German public that was increasingly critical of thuggish Brownshirt tactics.

Hitler moved against the SA and its leader, Ernst Röhm, because he saw the independence of the SA and the penchant of its members for street violence as a direct threat to his newly gained political power. Hitler also wanted to conciliate leaders of the Reichswehr, the official German military who feared and despised the SA—in particular Röhm's ambition to absorb the Reichswehr into the SA under his own leadership. Additionally, Hitler was uncomfortable with Röhm's outspoken support for a "second revolution" to redistribute wealth (in Röhm's view, President Hindenburg's appointing of Hitler as German Chancellor on January 30, 1933 had accomplished the "nationalistic" revolution but had left unfulfilled the "socialistic" motive in National Socialism). Finally, Hitler used the purge to attack or eliminate critics of his new regime, especially those loyal to Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen, as well as to settle scores with old enemies.

At least 85 people died during the purge, although the final death toll may have been in the hundreds and more than a thousand perceived opponents were arrested. Most of the killings were carried out by the Schutzstaffel (SS) and the Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei), the regime's secret police. The purge strengthened and consolidated the support of the Reichswehr for Hitler. It also provided a legal grounding for the Nazi regime, as the German courts and cabinet quickly swept aside centuries of legal prohibition against extrajudicial killings to demonstrate their loyalty to the regime. The Night of the Long Knives was a turning point for the German government. It established Hitler as "the supreme justiciar of the German people", as he put it in his July 13, 1934 speech to the Reichstag.

Before its execution, its planners sometimes referred to it as Hummingbird (German: Kolibri), the codeword used to send the execution squads into action on the day of the purge. The codename for the operation appears to have been chosen arbitrarily. The phrase "Night of the Long Knives" in the German language predates the killings and refers generally to acts of vengeance. Germans still use the term Röhm-Putsch to describe the killings, the term given to it by the Nazi regime, despite its unproven implication that they were necessary to prevent a coup. German authors often use quotation marks or write about the sogenannter Röhm-Putsch ("so-called Röhm Putsch") for emphasis...

The Night of the Long Knives was a purge of political opponents in Nazi Germany in 1934.

Night of the Long Knives may also refer to:

Historical events

Night of the Long Knives (Arthurian), a massacre of British chieftains by Saxons ca. 460
Night of the Long Knives (1962), a political purge in Britain
Kitchen Meeting or Night of the Long Knives, a 1981 meeting in the process of Canadian constitutional patriation
Night of the Long Knives (1992), the Provisional IRA attack on the Irish People's Liberation Organisation
Night of the Long Knives (South Africa), a political purge in South Africa in 2017

Other uses

"Night of the Long Knives", a song by AC/DC from For Those About to Rock We Salute You
"Night of the Long Knives", a song by Machine Head from Bloodstone & Diamonds
"Night of the Long Knives", an episode of The Time Tunnel
Night of the Long Knives, A 1960 novella by Fritz Leiber
"Night of the Long Knives", a stage in the road race Monte Carlo Rally

History doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme...and the US always puts its own outlandish spin on anything it copies.

So, what have we here?

We have a President Donald J. Trump, duly elected by the People despite the best efforts of a slew of subverters of democracy in general and the USA in particular.

This President, coming up from the grassroots as a result of public revulsion and rejection of the Elite candidate and Her tactics, is besieged from the start, even before his official inauguration, by the opposing party, by his own (nominal) party, and by the media, whose slander-and libelfest started back before the primaries and continues unabated to the present day.

And now that all the cutesy street protest, incipient rioting and media frenzy have left the public unmoved, the Deep State (for lack of a better term for the opposition, although I believe it's much larger than that) delves into the Impeachment Business.

Yes, they have been setting traps right and left, trying to trip up a man for whom they have no respect: not for his intelligence, not for his success in his business ventures, not for his political triumph, not for his family, and not for his judgment.

Well, they may have gone way too far this time. The Deep State may be falling into its own bear pit.

I know, the prospect of former Masters of the Universe selling pencils on street corners rends the heart. But if I have any insight into the soul of Donald J. Trump, that is where this will end. Or an assassination. We haven't had a President skate this close to the edge in a long, long time.

It's not a healthy position to occupy. I know Trump has his own security, and I think it's a good idea that he does. I just don't know if it's enough. I don't know if there are enough people in pivotal positions that can head off such a foul deed.

I don't really want to put it to the test, but nobody's asking my opinion.

This is the very definition of a crisis: dangerous opportunity. The question is: which side will win?

For once, I'd like it to be OUR side.

And just to clarify matters for the great unwashed, in this US scenario, Trump is NOT Hitler.

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  1. malokvale77's Avatar
    Excellent Demeter.
  2. Demeter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by malokvale77
    Excellent Demeter.
    Thanks. Wish I could make it stop, though.
  3. kelly's Avatar
    wouldnt contemporary historical examples include a couple of "liberal" websites expunging unacceptable thoughts, expressions and opinions on their mislabeled "discussion" boards?
    Dont ask who the dagger is drawn for, it is drawn for we.