British General, A Hero (!)


The British have treated other people with such cruelty as could not be inflicted on animals.

Their biggest colony is India, where they perpetrated savage, sadistic cruelties for years; in the Amritsar city of this country a group of Hindus who had come together for a religious rite did not pay due respect to a British woman missionary. The missionary complained to the British General Dyer. Upon this the general ordered his soldiers to open fire on the people performing their rite. Seven hundred people were killed in ten minutes, and more than a thousand people were wounded. Unsatisfied with this, the general forced the people to walk on their hands and feet like animals for three days. A complaint was filed and reported to London, whereupon the government issued an order for an investigation.

When the inspector sent forth to India for the investigation asked the general for what reason he had ordered his soldiers to open fire on defenceless people, the general answered, "I am the commander here. I make the decisions about the military executions here. I ordered so because I considered it right. " When the inspector asked what was the reason for his ordering the people to crawl face downwards, the general answered, "Some Indians crawl face downwards before their gods. I wanted them to know that a British woman is as sacred as a Hindu god, and, therefore, they have to crawl in front of her, too, let alone insulting her."

These statements of the general's were publicized by the British press and the general was declared a hero.