The HRW Press Office is pissed off
Gee, the people at Human Rights Watch, now fully understand how it feels to have highly negative reports about itself circulating on the Internet. Boo flipping hoo. Read up on the spin by HRW’s press office concerning the Tundra Tabloids’ post about Marc Garlasco’s very creepy hobby. KGS
HRW PRESS OFFICESeveral blogs and others critical of Human Rights Watch have suggested that Marc Garlasco, Human Rights Watch’s longtime senior military advisor, is a Nazi sympathizer because he collects German (as well as American) military memorabilia. This accusation is demonstrably false and fits into a campaign to deflect attention from Human Rights Watch’s rigorous and detailed reporting on violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by the Israeli government. [TT: This blog pointed out Garlasco’s very creepy infatuation with Nazi memorabilia, not that he was a Nazi or Nazi Sympathiser. But we only have HRW’s word on it, that Garlasco doesn’t privately parade around his room with his medals on.]Garlasco has co-authored several of our reports on violations of the laws of war, including in Afghanistan, Georgia and Iraq, as well as by Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah.
[TT: Marc Garlasco’s studies (a MA) were totally academic, and he was never in the military. He knows nothing about battlefield forensics. So the work that he did on the “Gaza Beach Massacre” was a total fraud.But he did work at the US Pentagon during the time it was targeting Serbs (from his desk in Washington) selecting high value targets in Serbia during the attack on them during the 90s. He targeted thousands of points (a bomb or shell for each one) in Serbia and Iraq, and is probably responsible for the death of hundreds if not thousands of civilians.] Garlasco has never held or expressed Nazi or anti-Semitic views.
[TT: That view was never expressed here at the Tundra Tabloids, just his shoddy analysis work for HRW in the military forensics dept. That HRW would employ in its ranks an anlayst that can’t tell from a crater site whether it was caused from a falling shell or a covered explosive…is telling]Garlasco’s grandfather was conscripted into the German armed forces during the Second World War, like virtually all young German men at the time, and served as a radar operator on an anti-aircraft battery. He never joined the Nazi Party, and later became a dedicated pacifist. Meanwhile, Garlasco’s great-uncle was an American B-17 crewman, who survived many attacks by German anti-aircraft gunners.
Garlasco own family’s experience on both sides of the Second World War has led him to collect military items related to both sides, including American 8th Air Force memorabilia and German Air Force medals and other objects (not from the Nazi Party or the SS, as falsely alleged). Many military historians, and others with an academic interest in the Second World War, including former and active-duty US service members, collect memorabilia from that era.
Garlasco is the author of a monograph on the history of German Air Force and Army anti-aircraft medals and a contributor to websites that promote serious historical research into the Second World War (and which forbid hate speech). In the foreword he writes of telling his daughters that “the war was horrible and cruel, that Germany lost and for that we should be thankful.”
To imply that Garlasco’s collection is evidence of Nazi sympathies is not only absurd but an attempt to deflect attention from his deeply felt efforts to uphold the laws of war and minimize civilian suffering in wartime. These falsehoods are an affront to Garlasco and thousands of other serious military historians. [TT: SPIN, SPIN SPIN, his grandparents have nothing to do with Marc’s infatuation with Nazi German memorabilia, Marc has everything to do with his choosing to collect Nazi stuff.]