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Charlottesville. The commanders in chief of the US army condemn in chorus

(B2) If the American president did not want to condemn the events in Charlottesville, this is not the case with the main military leaders. For several days, the highest officials of the army have expressed, in turn, via Twitter or Facebook, unequivocal messages. Without intending to be polemical, the tone is nevertheless serious, like a reminder of America's true values.

The head of the navy, Admiral John Richardson, fired quickly. As of Sunday, he condemns “the shameful events of Charlottesville”. They are “unacceptable and must not be tolerated” “ Our thoughts and prayers go out to those killed and injured, and to all those trying to bring peace to the community. The Navy will always be against intolerance and hatred – he adds –. We want our Navy to be the safest place possible - as strong and tough a team as we can be, keeping violence only for our enemies. »

The head of the US Marines, General Robert Neller followed up on Tuesday with a very clear statement: “no place for racial hatred and extremism in the US Marines. The heart of our values ​​is honor, courage and commitment which lead the way for Marines in their lives and in their actions.

General Mark A. Milley, commander of the Army, wrote an unambiguous message on Wednesday: “ the army does not tolerate racism, extremism or hatred in its ranks. It is against our values ​​and everything that has united us since 1775 ».

Finally, the Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard adds, in the same register " adding his voice to commanders in chief to condemn racism, extremism and hatred. Our diversity is our strength »

It is not common for army chiefs to speak on events of general significance. And it is the marker of a concern, as well as a very clear desire. White supremacist protesters and other prominent racists cannot claim to embody American values ​​or claim to wear uniforms or belong to military units. An important message… that we should have heard at the highest level.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

It should be noted that the European Commission also brought a message of condemnation “ We condemn and reject all forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia. They are incompatible with the values ​​and principles on which the EU is founded ».

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “Charlottesville. The commanders in chief of the US army condemn in chorus"

  • When we condemn racism, extremism, hatred and violence, we condemn both sides. I don't see any exclusive condemnation of whites. Those who started it are those who knocked down the statue of General Lee who was absolutely not a slaver

    • If my information is correct, the unbolting of the statue was carried out by the mayor of the city, therefore the legitimate authority. What is condemned is the hatred and invective of people who have a very dubious relationship with history, brandishing symbols that cannot be condemned and condemned. The message from the US Chiefs is clear on this point.

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