NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
18th May, 1956 : A search party sent out to look for a 19-strong French patrol, missing in the mountains between Algiers and Constantine, came upon a pool of blood near tents of Arab nomads. In a silo close by, the searchers found the soldiers’ bodies, decapitated and hacked to pieces. This is just the latest in a series of atrocities perpetrated in the increasingly savage uprising of Arab nationalists. Last week 20 French settlers were massacred, and their farms burned down, some 20 miles west of Oran. In the Tlemcen region, near the Moroccan border, 16 French soldiers have been killed and twenty taken prisoner.
[Resembles Obama’s disaster at Benghazi recently.]