Friday, March 04, 2005

A Great Man Has Died

From the L.A. Slimes... oops, I mean LA Times.

Peter Malkin, the Israeli Mossad agent who captured Adolf Eichmann, the chief architect of the Holocaust, has died, media in Israel reported Wednesday. He was 77.
In the late 1950s, Israeli security agents received a tip that Eichmann was living in Argentina under an assumed name. Believing that the Argentine government would never arrest him, the Israeli government sent a team of Mossad agents to the South American country to capture him. Malkin was part of that seven-person team.

After a week of surveillance, on the night of May 11, 1960, Malkin stopped Eichmann on a street in the Buenos Aires suburb of San Fernando. He spoke a few words to him in Spanish before grabbing his arm and wrestling him to the ground. Other agents grabbed Eichmann's legs and stuffed him into a car.

Eichmann was interrogated for 10 days in a safe house. During that time, Malkin said, he had long late-night conversations with the Nazi, assuring him that the Israelis would not harm his family. Eichmann was eventually taken to Israel for trial on charges of crimes against humanity. He was executed in 1962.
In the Haganah [An Israeli Independence group] , Malkin learned a number of skills that would be useful in his later life as a Mossad agent. He became proficient in building and disassembling bombs. He also became an expert in disguises and martial arts.

What a stud! The way the story goes, Malkin walked right up to Eichmann and said something like "You killed my nephew. He was the same age as your son. You basically killed your son. How could you do it?" Eichmann looked confused at the question and finally said "Your nephew... he was a Jew".

Don't let anyone tell you that evil does not exist in a profound way. The only thing that keeps it at bay is the courage and honor of men like Peter Malkin. Police, Military, Intelligence, they all serve a large overarching purpose: to hold back the tide of evil in the world. Sure, cops write tickets and break up parties and hassle kids making out in parks, but every once in awhile, we will be called to stop an evil man from doing something evil.

One of our instructors at our academy is a very tough, very legendary cop. He's taught tactics and officer survival around the world and he told us last night that training to be a cop is like training to be in the Olympics. You keep yourself in shape physically and mentally in preparation for a single day where you need to take home first place. Only for us, we don't know when our day will be, and second place is death. Someday, we may face our Olympics when we try to fight against evil. My prayer is that I and my comrades will be ready to take home the gold.

Man, law enforcement is so much different than the banking industry!


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