Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Other 9-11

The German TV crowd puts out money for small producers to do unusual documentaries.  Sometimes, it's a one-hour show on Russian train and train stations.  Sometimes, it's a 45-minute show on an Italian circus which has been around for thirty years.  Sometimes, it's be a dull 88-minute documentary over a French family that lives on top of some mountain and haven't a neighbor within miles.

This weekend, there's a documentary to be shown....called the “Attack on America – Hitler’s 9-11.″

I'm thinking that the title might make you a bit curious.  It actually takes this one odd and brief attack situation that occurred in 1942, and compares against the Al Qaeda attacks in 2001.  This was an unusual moment....where Operation Pastorius might have shocked America.

When you stand and compare 9-11 to this operation....9-11 was just a one-brief moment deal.  The German operation had a vast plan.  The eight Germans involved in the 1942 plan had a number of targets: New York’s Penn Station, the hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls, as well as aluminum factories in Tennessee and Illinois.

The documentary will go back to one interesting point, where failure occurred.  Two of the guys simply could not carry out their mission and did not want any blood on their hands.  They ended up walking into a police station to admit everything.  The curious thing....the cops didn't believe them.  The FBI?  They originally didn't believe them either.

It's a curious episode.  If the eight had carried out their missions, and the potential to hit on the US was noted by Hitler's staff....then more teams would have been dispatched.  You could have had dozens of Germans operating in the US by 1944 and blowing up dams left and right.  The internal structure of the US would have never been able to catch up on these guys.

It might be an interesting documentary....with the only negative being that Speigel TV made it (the guys who are the combination of National Enquirer and New York Times).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Candidly in today's world of journalism, there is only a fine line between the Enquirer and the New York Times.