An Irony of History

  1. History is full of ironies (for example, Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") becoming a prolife activist, or Madelyn Murray O'Hare's son, William, becoming a born-again evangelist). Well, here is another one...
    A bioterrorist campaign was overseen by Lord Jeffery Amherst, the commanding general of the British forces in the mid-1700s. Their goal was the annihilation of the Native Americas--using the smallpox germ--sent on blankets to Indian villages.
    In 1763, a man named William Trent reported about the Indians, "... We gave them two Blankets and an Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect." Trent's Journal confirms that smallpox had broken out in Fort Pitt prior to this, thus making their plans feasible. It also indicates that intentional infection of the Indians with smallpox had been already approved by at least Captain Ecuyer at the fort, who some commentators have suggested was in direct correspondence with General Amherst on this tactic
    William Trent was chief justice of the colony of New Jersey. The name Trent Town, adopted in 1719, was later changed to Trenton. The Post Office, where germ warfare was released upon this nation, and where several have now died--was a post office in Trenton, New Jersey.
    Last edit by Joules on Nov 4, '01
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  3. by   VickyRN
  4. by   NCNocRN
    This is a bit off the subject, but very ironic nonetheless. Remember irreverent Ted Turner, CNN mogul, and his caustic comments about Christianity "a religion for losers;" how he ridiculed the Ten Commandments and made a Polish joke about the Pope? Well, guess what? His wife, Jane Fonda has become a born-again evangelical Christian!
  5. by   prmenrs
    I think that's his EX-wife these days.

    Our history is FULL of atrocities committed against indiginous people all over the world. Makes me feel about 1cm high, even tho I didn't personnally do it.