Khan and Barbie

Che Guevara in his trademark olive-green milit...
Che Guevara in his trademark olive-green military fatigues, June 2, 1959 Cuba (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the original Space Seed episode, Khan is viewed by the Federation officers as something of an enigma.  They admired him for his skills and leadership, but refused to accepted him as “good.” In Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan is awakened by Starfleet and employed in helping to design weapons of war. Both of these are American philosophies.

I’m watching Rat Race, a movie about various people racing to win millions of dollars. One of the families, ironically a family of Jews, stops by the Barbie museum believing it to be the toy. Instead, they are horrified to find it a museum to honor the Butcher of Lyon, Klaus Barbie.

I honestly thought the guy was made up. He’s not. He’s our Khan:

Nikolaus ‘Klaus’ Barbie (25 October 1913 – 25 September 1991) was an SSHauptsturmführer (rank equivalent to army captain) and Gestapo member. He was known as the “Butcher of Lyon” for having personally tortured prisoners of the Gestapo while stationed in Lyon, France. After the war, United States intelligence services employed him for anti-Marxist efforts and also helped him escape to South America. The Bundesnachrichtendienst, the German intelligence agency, recruited him, and he may have helped the CIA capture Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967. Barbie is also suspected of having a hand in the Bolivian coup d’état orchestrated by Luis García Meza Tejada in 1980. After the fall of the dictatorship, Barbie no longer had the support of the government and in 1983 was extradited to France, where he was convicted of war crimes and died in prison.

Barbie is not the only war criminal the United States used in the early days of the Cold War. Likewise, we used Japanese war criminals who had previously experimented on the Chinese and others.

Anyway, the odd things you think about while watching movies with Mr. Bean…

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One Reply to “Khan and Barbie”

  1. Kind of reminds me of Bill Clinton supporting Aristide, a man who had put burning tires around the necks of his enemies.

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