sorry. Reading this American
Thinker essay about Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, by Richard Kantro (Émile
Zola?) so reminded me of France's Dreyfus Affaire that I slipped into
the vernacular. You know the story. In 1894 Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young French artillery
officer, was convicted of treason and sent to Devil's Island. But
evidence surfaced that the actual traitor was French Army major
Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy .
high-ranking military officials suppressed this new evidence and
Esterhazy was unanimously acquitted after the second day of his trial
in military court. Instead of being exonerated, Alfred Dreyfus was
further accused by the Army on the basis of false documents fabricated
by a French counter-intelligence officer, Hubert-Joseph Henry, seeking
to re-confirm Dreyfus's conviction. These fabrications were
uncritically accepted by Henry's superiors
Word of the military court's framing of Alfred Dreyfus and of an
attendant cover-up began to spread largely due to J'accuse, a vehement public
open letter in a Paris newspaper by writer Émile Zola, in January
1898. .Dreyfus Affaire
France was divided into pro Dreyfus supporters called Dreyfusards, and Obama Esterhazy's anti-Dreyfusards. Today, Lt.
Col. Terry Lakin supporters are tagged "birthers," with the establishment
Obama supporters called "fuktards."
Given that Dr. Lakin's trial judge has barred his
lawyers from even mentioning Obama's dubious claim to citizenship, he
will in the end be sent to Devil's Island. It remains to be seen
whether some American Émile Zola can break the truth embargo that sets
him free. It might take a storming of the Bastille to do that
job, which may be a good idea in any event.