Thursday, July 14, 2011
From The Telegraph, "Vendee French call for revolution massacre to be termed 'genocide'":
. . . Historians believe that around 170,000 Vendéeans were killed in the peasant war and the subsequent massacres – and around 5,000 in the noyades.
When it was over, French General Francois Joseph Westermann penned a letter to the Committee of Public Safety stating: "There is no more Vendée... According to the orders that you gave me, I crushed the children under the feet of the horses, massacred the women who, at least for these, will not give birth to any more brigands. I do not have a prisoner to reproach me. I have exterminated all." . . .
Maybe I'll have some Burke (and O'Brien) with my Bordeaux today.