April 15th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Commanders at Tomb of Unknown in Paris

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who oversees all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan (second from left), and the French Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud (center) pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Thursday ceremony was part of McChrystal's visit in Paris devoted to talks on the international mission in Afghanistan.

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  1. Nathanael [desert voice]

    It's deja vu over again. Those who remember history, know how French Military Chiefn visited Poland immediately before World War II, lying wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. They also recall, how earlier, in 1935, Mariscal Joseph Piłsudski was buried at Wawel, in Krakow. The history seems to be going in circles. The same events keep repeating themselves. The same funerals, only different corpses. The same uniforms, and ceremonies. The funeral of President Kaczyński is Sunday. There will be many dignitaries from abroad, many flowers and parades. It will be a replica of the funeral of Joseph Piłsudski, at the same spot, the same Basilica! Only instead of Cardinal Adam Sapieha, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz will preside and a different Vatican official. How strange is the world! Those people in 1935, watching them on film at the Wawel Basilica, had no slightest clue, never sensed even in their wildest dreams, that the tomb of Piłsudski, whom they so proudly laid to rest, would be "honored" in 4 years by two SS-men! ... and that the German Gubernator Frank will be residing at the Wawel Castle! What a difference 4 years can make!

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