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Reynald Secher's book on the Vendee exposes the horrific brutality of the French Republicans against their fellow French Catholics! It reveals the lie of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity!! This well-concealed period of French history is now open to the world.
The Truth is that the French Revolutionists justified slaughter of innocent Vendeans, including the drowning of their children in the Loire in the name of "freedom". Osama Bin Laden felt the same way about America as the Revolutionists felt about the Vendee. Murdering innocence to fight "oppression" of a super government (whether it's Louis 14 or America) is never justifiable.
“There is no more Vendée. It died under our sabre along with its women and children. I have just buried it in the swamps and woods of Savenay. I have crushed the children under the hooves of our horses, massacred the women — they, at least, will not give birth to any more brigands. I have not even one prisoner to reproach myself for. I have exterminated everyone. . . . We take no prisoners, for we would have to give them the bread of liberty, and pity is not revolutionary.”
General Westermann to the Convention, December 1793
Sechur's retelling of the War in the Vendee is unfortunately filled with inaccuracy, not least which is his premise that the war constitutes the first modern genocide. It was a tragic civil war, filled with atrocity on both sides, including by the royalist army that began the rebellion, but not quite the Pol Pot-like assault on the countryside Sechur makes that civil war out to be. On the positive side the book opens a window, however flawed, into events during the revolutionary era outside of Paris, something that needs to be done outside the confines of the French academy.