Editor’s Note: The following chapter was taken from the excellent book: The Tyranny of the Federal Reserve. I am not familiar with the author, Brian O’Brien, a possible a pen name, but it is a great overview of the federal reserve, banking, and the disastrous affects it has created in our society. Although the author is not exposing the Jews directly (he deliberately avoids naming them in relation to banking, World War Two, etc.), he does a great job discussing how World War Two definitely was not a “good war”, unless you were a banker. It is quite long, but there is a lot of great information here.
The Great Depression ended in the United States when we entered World War II. Millions of American men were drafted into the military and sent overseas to fight Germany, Italy and Japan. Production ramped up at home to build the American war machine. This war effort was funded by ever higher levels of debt.
Most of us have grown up hearing certain things about World War II. It was a war of good against evil and we were the good guys. It was a war for democracy versus dictatorship, freedom versus slavery, darkness versus light. It was not a war of choice but a war that was forced upon us by genocidal maniacs bent on world domination. If it wasn’t for the USA, you’d all be speaking German.
World War II was a good war.
Think about that euphemism for a moment. This was a war that killed off 400,000 Americans and millions of others. It was carnage on an unprecedented scale. It destroyed bodies, shattered minds and caused untold suffering around the world. And some people call it a good war.
Was this war fought for American interests? Or were we pulled into this war for other interests that were not our own?
It is often said that history is written by the victors. It is the victors of this war that have called it a good war. Today, they use the myths they created about World War II to rally us to fight wars all around the globe—to send our young men and women to fight all the Hitlers hiding under every rock and behind every tree from Moscow to Baghdad to Saigon. New Hitlers seem to rise up every few years and once again we are at war.
There is no doubt that American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines made great sacrifices during World War II. They were killed in the hundreds of thousands and their victories against two of the most formidable military powers in world history is a feat that will never be forgotten.
But was this a good war? It almost seems like heresy to think otherwise, but the myths about the war are just that—myths and slogans meant to cloud our minds and appeal to our emotions so that more wars can be fought with our money and the blood of our children.
World War II began in Europe on September 1, 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland. France and Great Britain then declared war on Germany. The Germans, of course, felt that they were justified in taking back German territory that had been taken from them and given to Poland under the Treaty of Versailles. The Germans believed that German people were being abused in German territory that had been confiscated from them after they had surrendered in World War I. The historically German city of Danzig had been separated from the German nation by the Treaty of Versailles and Hitler was determined to resolve the disputes over the Polish Corridor to the city by either diplomacy or force.
When the attack came, the French and British were obligated to defend Poland due to treaties signed with that nation. The myth goes that the war began with Hitler’s invasion of Poland and that the British and French were determined to draw a line in the sand and defend that nation from Nazi aggression. However, it wasn’t only the Germans who attacked Poland in September of 1939. At the time, the Germans were allied with the Soviet Union. On September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east. Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin had agreed to attack Poland together and divide it up among themselves, and they did just that. While the Germans were ravaging Poland from the west, the Soviets were brutalizing the Poles from the east, murdering its officers and NCOs and massacring the civilian population.
Following the Soviet invasion of Poland, Stalin’s Red Army then attacked and overran the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In November, two months after attacking Poland, the Soviet Union attacked Finland in what is called the Winter War—a viciously fought war of aggression and territorial acquisition initiated by the Soviet Union against the Finns.
So France and Britain declared war on Germany for attacking Poland. Yet, both countries did not declare war on the Soviet Union when it also attacked Poland, as well as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. Think about this for a moment. The most destructive war in human history began under the pretext of defending Poland from German aggression. But when Germany was defeated in 1945, Poland was not freed or allowed its independence. The Allies handed over Poland to the Soviet Union which ruled it with an iron hand for the next 44 years. The Allies turned over Poland to a dictator who had colluded with Hitler to attack it in 1939.
Obviously, the Allies were not fighting to defend Poland. This was just pretense. In fact, when news reached the West of the Katyn Forest massacre—the systematic Soviet mass murder of 22,000 Poles in 1940 that was officially authorized by Josef Stalin—the information was suppressed by the media and the British and American governments, despite pleas from Polish expatriates.
So, Poland was the pretext for war for the West, yet one of Poland’s attackers later allied with the West after systematically mass murdering Poles. So, what were the true reasons for the war? The true reasons involved nothing more than an age old balance of power strategy, and of course, the desire of Western bankers to defeat Germany and Japan, which both had withdrawn from the international financial system. Britain, the master of the balance of power game, had for centuries been the mortal enemy of France when France was the dominant power on the European continent.
When Russian power grew in the 19th century and threatened British interests in central Asia and the mediterranean, the British allied themselves with the French and the Turks to take on the Russians—even invading Russia and fighting a brutal war in Crimea. Then Germany unified in the second half of the 19th century and rose to become the dominant power in Europe, the British allied with the French and the Russians against the Germans.
In the Napoleonic Wars against France, or the Crimean War against Russia, or World War I and World War II, the British government and British press told the same story—that Britain was on the side of righteousness and was defending liberty and freedom against aggression, barbarism and evil. In the Napoleonic Wars, the British were defending the countries attacked by Napoleon. In the Crimean War, they were defending the Turks from Russian aggression; in World War I, they were defending Belgians from German rapists; in World War II, they were defending the innocent Poles against those same Germans (but not the Russians). Meanwhile, the British were running the biggest and most exploitative empire the world had ever seen.
During the 19th century, anti-British sentiment was high in the United States. Since the Revolutionary War, many Americans saw the British Empire as an enemy and the main threat to American sovereignty. British and American interests were often in conflict during the 1800s. But as the 19th century drew to a close, British diplomats began courting Americans. British policy had changed toward viewing the United States as a valuable ally in their balance of power global chess game.
At the start of World War I, the British government conducted a massive propaganda effort in the United States in our press and government to win over the American people who had long been suspicious of British intentions. That propaganda effort had been successful in demonizing the German people and presenting the British as on the side of good. But after the war, Americans realized that no American interests had been at stake other than those of the “merchants of death” and that American lives had been squandered to save the British and French empires from a rival. Americans had been hoaxed and paid with their lives and their economic well-being.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Americans still remembered the words of President George Washington who urged us in his Farewell Address of 1796 to observe good faith and justice toward all nations and to cultivate peace and harmony with all. Washington had warned us that republican government was susceptible to foreign influence and that we must remain vigilant in defending American interests against the wiles of foreign agents.
Washington had warned us: “So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions, by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity, gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.
“As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter. Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.
“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.”
In the lead up to World War I, the wiles of foreign influence went to work on getting us to surrender our own interests while attacking patriots who were true to Washington’s words. But after the war, many Americans had figured out the treachery that had led us into that horrific war.
When President Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, one of his first priorities was to establish ties with the Soviet Union. Before the end of his first year in office, Roosevelt established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, and communication channels between Stalin and Roosevelt were opened. The Soviet Union at the time was one of the most totalitarian and murderous nations in the world. In 1933, a government-induced famine, called the Holomodor, was occurring in Ukraine with deaths estimated as high as 7.5 million people. Yet, this atrocity was basically ignored in the Western press. Many in the West were sympathetic to the goals of communism and saw the Soviet Union as
a working man’s paradise.
In the 1930s, Soviet and British agents were at work in the American government, in our newspapers and radio, and in Hollywood, attempting to create sympathy for their own nations and antipathy for their enemies. Their American tools and dupes attacked real patriots who resisted and who spoke out against their intrigues.
During the 1930s, Hitler had built up the German military. He then set about annexing German populations in areas that bordered Germany. He annexed Austria in 1938, and in March 1939 annexed the Germans of the Sudetenland, who had been separated from Germany by the Treaty of Versailles. When the Germans and Soviets invaded Poland in 1939 and France and Britain declared war, Roosevelt, like Wilson before him, made public statements promising to keep the United States out of wars abroad.
After the attack on Poland, nearly a year of quiet passed on the Western Front with no significant military action by France and Britain to assist Poland. This period is known as the Phoney War. Then in May 1940, the German blitzkrieg steamrolled across France. The rapid German advance trapped the British army in the city of Dunkirk on the French coast. The Germans had the opportunity to destroy British forces, but halted their advance and allowed 300,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers to escape across the English Channel to England.
Why didn’t the Germans destroy the British army when they had the chance? The answer lies in Adolph Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf. Hitler had stated openly in his book what his ends were. If you read Mein Kampf, you will find that Hitler had very little to say about the United States, mainly a comparison of the organization of American states versus German ones, and a concern that without economic opportunity in Germany the best and brightest Germans would emigrate to America. However, he had plenty to say about Great Britain. Hitler wrote that Germany’s great mistake prior to World War I was to challenge the hegemony of the British Empire. Because of German commercial competition, the building of a German navy and the expansion of the German overseas empire, British leaders began to see Germany as their enemy and allied themselves with their centuries-old enemy, France, to counterbalance the rise of German power. Hitler wrote that during World War I, Germany had underestimated both the tenacity and skill of the British soldier and the effectiveness of British propaganda. He said it should have been German policy to pursue an alliance with Britain rather than challenging it. “No sacrifice should have been considered too great if it was a necessary means of gaining England’s friendship,” Hitler wrote. “Colonial and naval ambitions should have been abandoned and attempts should not have been made to compete against British industries.”
Germany is situated in the center of Europe with France on its western border and the vastness of Russia to its east. Germany’s great weakness was that it was a densely populated, medium-sized nation surrounded by rivals. It did not possess enough farmland to feed its people, making it dependent on food imports from abroad. Germany’s narrow and confined coastline made it vulnerable to blockade. Hitler pointed out that the British blockade of Germany during World War I resulted in a famine which led to loss of support for the war on the German home front. While German armies were advancing on the Western Front, communists used discontent caused by the deprivations of war to foment rebellion and labor strikes back in Germany, which Hitler bitterly attributed as a major contributor to Germany’s defeat.
Hitler saw Germany’s great strength in being a land power. He saw France and the Soviet Union as Germany’s enemies while its natural allies were Italy and Great Britain. In Hitler’s estimate, France viewed Germany as its great rival on the European continent. Hitler stated that after World War I France had been pursuing a foreign policy of subversion in an attempt to break up Germany into small states that could be divided against themselves. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union was pursuing the goals of international communism and was infiltrating Germany and supporting communists who were fomenting violent revolution in an attempt to seize control of the German state.
Hitler stated in Mein Kampf that his strategy in the next war would be first to defeat France in the west before turning his attention to the east and attacking the Soviet Union with the goal of seizing control of the vast expanses of agricultural land on the eastern plains. Hitler believed that once in control of this agricultural land, Germany would be self-sufficient in food and resistant to blockades. Thus, Germany would be able to stand as an equal with the other world powers rather than in the weakened, subservient and humiliated position it was in at the time of Hitler’s writing.
In 1940, with France defeated, Hitler attempted to negotiate a peace with Britain. However, Prime Minister Winston Churchill rejected a negotiated peace and urged the British people to fight on. In the summer of 1940, the Battle of Britain began. The Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force clashed in the skies above England in one of the greatest air battles in history. London was reduced to rubble in what became known as the Blitz.
Many Americans like to think that if the USA had not entered the war, the British would be speaking German today. However, the Battle of Britain was won by the British a full year and a half before the bombing of Pearl Harbor which brought America into the war. While the Battle of Britain was raging in the summer and fall of 1940, the American public remained decisively against entering the war, despite Roosevelt’s determination to assist the British. In October of 1940, the Battle of Britain ended with a decisive British victory. Without air superiority and with no chance of defeating the Royal Navy, Hitler abandoned all plans to invade Britain. The threat of a German invasion had passed. The Germans did not have the capability to invade Great Britain, and in fact, this had never been Hitler’s intention as he had made clear in his book. His sights were set on the east.
A claim you can hear people make nowadays about World War II is that Germany was a threat to the United States. Just think about this claim for a moment. Germany did not have the ability to invade Britain so how would it ever cross the Atlantic to attack America? Germany is a small nation compared to the US—about the size of Montana—and it had a population about half ours. During the war, it had virtually no navy except U-boats. How was Germany ever going to be capable of mounting any kind of threat to the United States, especially since Hitler never voiced any such intention? In fact, his national interest was in keeping us neutral and out of the war.
In September of 1940 while the Battle of Britain was still raging, Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act and the draft began. The draft and the American military buildup began a full year and three months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The draft was sold to the American people not as preparation for entering the war overseas, but as a defensive measure—to build up our strength to deter and ward off any attack on the United States. In the election campaign of 1940, Roosevelt gave a speech in October in Boston while the outcome of the Battle of Britain was still in question. The speech was about the American military buildup that was ongoing. “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again,” Roosevelt said. “Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”
In 1940, the antiwar movement in the United States was beginning to organize and become more vocal as war propaganda on the radio, in the newspapers and in Hollywood movies bombarded the American people with pro-British and anti-German themes.
The same month that the draft began, the America First Committee was founded to counter the prowar propagandists who were trying to convince the American people to join the war. The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) had been aggressively anti-fascist and anti-German, but after the Soviet Union invaded Poland with Germany, it changed its tune and became a leading antiwar voice alongside the America First Committee.
A majority of the American people wanted no part of the war in Europe; however, Roosevelt and the British were working behind the scenes to bring the USA into the war. Congress had blocked Roosevelt from entangling the U.S. in the wars in Europe and Asia through passage of the Neutrality Acts, which were heavily influenced by the Nye Committee’s report on “the merchants of death.” These acts had limited Roosevelt’s ability to provide wartime assistance to the nations at war with Germany, Italy and Japan.
To counter American antiwar sentiment, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill set up a British intelligence operation in the United States called British Security Coordination (BSC). The BSC was run by a Canadian man named William Stephenson—later known as “the man called Intrepid.” Stephenson’s mission was to covertly combat American antiwar advocates and bring the U.S. into the war by any means necessary. Stephenson ran his propaganda operation out of the Rockefeller Center in New York City.
According to an August 2006 article in the British newspaper The Guardian, “BSC became a huge secret agency of nationwide news manipulation and black propaganda.” The article said the BSC represented one of the largest covert operations in British spying history and that as many as 3,000 British agents were “spreading propaganda and mayhem in a staunchly anti-war America.” The BSC planted pro-British and anti-German stories, many of them outright false, in American newspapers and radio broadcasts, hich were reported as fact. Rigged polls were run that falsely showed a higher percentage of Americans supporting involvement in the war. The polls were used to pressure antiwar congressmen from continuing their opposition to assisting the British war effort. Antiwar congressmen were harassed and smeared by British agents. The America First Committee was targeted for harassment and its rallies were disrupted by British agent provocateurs. Labor unions were infiltrated.
British money was used in congressional elections to defeat antiwar politicians. The BSC pulled out all the stops using the black arts of espionage to subvert democratic dissent and fan the flames of war against Germany. In his book about the BSC, called Desperate Deception, Thomas Mahl quotes Ernest Cuneo, an American who worked with the BSC, as saying, “Given the time, the situation, and the mood, it is not surprising however, that BSC also went beyond the legal, the ethical, and the proper. Throughout the neutral Americas, and especially in the U.S., it ran espionage agents, tampered with the mails, tapped telephones, smuggled propaganda into the country, disrupted public gatherings, covertly subsidized newspapers, radios, and organizations, perpetrated forgeries—even palming one off on the President of the United States—violated the aliens registration act, shanghaied sailors numerous times, and possibly murdered one or more persons in this country.”
In March 1941, the Lend-Lease Act was passed allowing the United States to supply Great Britain and the Soviet Union with war materiel. By April, Roosevelt had increased U.S. involvement in the Battle of the Atlantic in violation of the Neutrality Acts. These actions raised the suspicions of antiwar advocates who were convinced that Roosevelt was deliberately trying to create the conditions that would bring the U.S. into the war. More people began to speak out about the administration and Roosevelt’s war ambitions.
In June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. The CPUSA, which had been a leading antiwar voice, suddenly did an about face and became one of the nation’s loudest pro-war advocates. However, at the same time the America First Committee was reaching its greatest point of influence. The committee attracted some of the most prominent Americans from both the Republican and Democratic parties who spoke out against America getting involved in a war that they believed was not ours to fight. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union, the communists joined the British in the covert campaign to bring America into the war. But at the time, Americans still remembered the propaganda that pulled them into World War I, and they resisted the calls to war.By the fall of 1941, the Soviet Union was in danger of being overrun and disappearing altogether under the German blitzkrieg. Meanwhile, the British were on the ropes in North Africa.
On October 27, 1941, in a scene reminiscent of President Wilson’s indignation over the Zimmerman Telegram, Roosevelt gave a speech on Navy Day in Washington, D.C. The speech began with outrage over the Nazi sinking of an American destroyer in the North Atlantic.
“We have wished to avoid shooting,” Roosevelt said. “But the shooting has started. And history has recorded who fired the first shot. In the long run, however, all that will matter is who fired the last shot. America has been attacked.”
Roosevelt held up a map that portrayed a plan for the Nazi takeover of the Western hemisphere. “I have in my possession a secret map made in Germany by Hitler’s government—by the planners of the new world order. It is a map of South America and a part of Central America, as Hitler proposes to reorganize it. Today in this area there are fourteen separate countries. But the geographical experts of Berlin have ruthlessly obliterated all existing boundary lines; they have divided South America into five vassal states, bringing the whole continent under their domination. And they have also so arranged it that the territory of one of these new puppet states includes the Republic of Panama and our great lifeline—the Panama Canal. That is his plan. It will never go into effect. This map makes clear the Nazi design not only against South America but against the United States itself.”
Roosevelt continued: “Your government has in its possession another document made in Germany by Hitler’s government. It is a detailed plan, which, for obvious reasons, the Nazis did not wish and do not wish to publicize just yet, but which they are ready to impose, a little later on a dominated world—if Hitler wins. It is a plan to abolish all existing religions—Protestant, Catholic, Mohammedan, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish alike. The property of all churches will be seized by the Reich and its puppets. The cross and all other symbols of religion are to be forbidden. The clergy are to be forever silenced under penalty of the concentration camps, where even now so many fearless men are being tortured because they have placed God above Hitler. In the place of the churches of our civilization, there is to be set up an International Nazi Church—a church which will be served by orators sent out by the Nazi Government. In the place of the Bible, the words of Mein Kampf will be imposed and enforced as Holy Writ. And in place of the cross of Christ will be put two symbols—the swastika and the naked sword. A God of Blood and Iron will take the place of the God of Love and Mercy. Let us well ponder that statement which I have made tonight.”
These were alarming claims. Roosevelt’s map was evidence that Hitler intended to invade South and Central America and seize the Panama Canal. Roosevelt was claiming that Hitler planned to abolish all religions and replace them with an international Nazi church. The only problem was that there never was a plan by the Nazis to abolish all existing religions. Roosevelt’s speech was nothing more than made up propaganda that was an attempt to frighten and enrage the American people. And we now know that the map Roosevelt was holding was made by the BSC as a propaganda tool that was designed to trick Americans into believing that Hitler had plans to attack the Western Hemisphere. The map was a propaganda trick provided by British intelligence agents to Roosevelt to bring us into the war, just as the Zimmerman Telegram had been a pretext for war 24 years before. Imagine that. An American president making a case for war using a phony document provided by a foreign intelligence agency in an attempt to incite fear and anger in the American people.
But the trick didn’t work. American public opinion remained solidly against joining the war despite the propaganda. It was going to take something bigger to convince the American people that war was necessary—a catalyzing event that would change public opinion—a backdoor into the war with Germany. Japan was America’s great rival in the Pacific. Japan had been embroiled in a grueling war since 1937 when it attacked and invaded China.
A year before his Navy Day Speech when the Battle of Britain was coming to a close and Roosevelt was making campaign promises to keep American boys out of foreign wars, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum, an intelligence officer in the Pentagon who oversaw intercepts of Japanese military and diplomatic messages, produced a document called the Eight Action Memo, known today as the McCollum memo.
The memo stated that Britain was unable to defeat Germany and Italy alone. According to the memo, the British Empire served as a buffer against any attack by Germany and Italy against the United States; however, the survival of the British Empire was in doubt. McCollum continued that it was in the interest of Germany and Italy for America to remain a disinterested spectator of the war in Europe. While McCollum noted that Germany and Italy did not have the means to provide any material aid to Japan, they had allied with Japan to keep American attention focused on the threat in the Pacific.
The memo stated that Japan had some advantages in a war with the United States, such as a strong army, skilled navy and the geographically strong position of the Japanese islands. However, McCollum also pointed out the considerable disadvantages the Japanese would have in such a conflict. Japan was already engaged in an exhausting war with China, its domestic economy and food supply were severely straightened, it had a serious lack of sources of raw materials for war, it was totally cut off from supplies from Europe, dependent upon distant overseas routes for essential supplies, incapable of increasing manufacture and supply of war materials without free access to U.S. or European markets and its major cities and industrial centers were extremely vulnerable to air attack. “It is not believed that in the present state of political opinion the United States government is capable of declaring war against Japan without more ado; and it is barely possible that vigorous action on our part might lead the Japanese to modify their attitude,” McCollum wrote. He then listed eight steps to bring America into the war, some of which included re-positioning American forces throughout Asia, increasing aid to the Chinese, keeping the main strength of the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii and placing an embargo against Japan.
“If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better,” McCollum stated. McCollum had produced a plan to provoke the Japanese into firing the first shot.
While Roosevelt was making campaign promises to keep American boys out of the war, his administration was putting McCollum’s plan into effect. In the summer of 1941 before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt was covertly sending Americans to fight the Japanese without informing Congress or the American people. The American Volunteer Group, popularly known as the Flying Tigers, was sent to Burma that summer. The Flying Tigers were a mercenary group of highly paid American fighter pilots flying American warplanes and led by an American commander in the service of China. The pilots were sent to fight the Japanese at a time when American officials were in negotiations with Japan to defuse tensions. The arrival of American warplanes and fighter pilots in Indochina sent a clear message to the Japanese that the Roosevelt administration was not negotiating in good faith.
On August 1, 1941, the United States began an oil embargo on Japan. At the time, Japan was dependent on the United States for oil. As 1941 was coming to a close, Japan was being painted into a corner. It was fighting a costly war in China but lacked the resources to continue.
In the fall of 1941, Japan made two proposals to the United States that included a partial withdrawal from China and a withdrawal from southern Indochina if the United States would resume oil shipments and cease assistance to the Chinese. On November 26, Secretary of State Cordell Hull presented the Japanese ambassador with a proposal, now known as the Hull note, which demanded that the Japanese withdraw from both China and French Indochina.
The proposal was unacceptable to the Japanese and the negotiations ended. Japan was not going to walk away from its empire in humiliation at the demands of the United States. But to maintain its empire it needed oil that the United States would no longer provide. The Dutch East Indies had oil but the U.S. Navy in the Philippines and Hawaii and the British navy in Singapore were obstacles to seizing it.
Three days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Chicago Tribune printed a front page story blaring the headline, “F.D.R.’s WAR PLANS!” The article reported a leaked report, called the Rainbow Five Plan that outlined an American invasion of Europe by 1943.
“It is a blueprint for total war on an unprecedented scale in at least two oceans and three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia,” wrote reporter Chesly Manly. Manly revealed Roosevelt’s hidden plan for the “total defeat of Germany.” The plan outlined a step by step process of encircling Germany, strangling it and demoralizing the German people “by subversive activities, propaganda, deprivation, and the destruction wrought.” The plan called for a large scale invasion of the European continent by 1943 with a massive five million man American army, with total forces numbering 10 million men.
Manly quoted the plan: “It is mandatory that we reach an early appreciation of our stupendous task and gain the wholehearted support of the entire country in the production of trained men, ships, munitions, and ample reserves.”
At the time, the Chicago Tribune was owned by Robert McCormick, who was an opponent and critic of the Roosevelt administration. McCormick was a member of the America First Committee and was strongly against the United States entering the war in Europe or Asia.
The Rainbow Five Plan confirmed what many in the America First Committee believed—that despite campaign promises the year before to keep American boys out of any foreign wars, Roosevelt was actively planning for another war in Europe. The leak of the Rainbow Five Plan proved that a plan for war on a grand scale was already in place. The Rainbow Five Plan gave resonance to an antiwar song called “Plow Under” that had been released earlier that year by the Almanac Singers. The folk group sang about a New Deal policy in which the government killed a million hogs a day, plowing under every fourth hog, in an attempt to keep pork prices from falling. The lyrics went that just as the government plowed under every fourth hog, it also had plans to plow under every fourth American boy in wars overseas.
With the release of the Rainbow Five Plan, opponents of the war accused Roosevelt of plotting to plow under every fourth American boy in the war in Europe, even using lyrics from the song in Congress, to Roosevelt’s indignation. Incidentally, shortly after “Plow Under” was released, Germany attacked the Soviet Union. The Almanac Singers then changed their tune and ceased writing antiwar songs. The group, which had ties to the CPUSA, apparently felt that plowing under every fourth American boy was fine if done for the interests of the Soviet Union and international communism. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the group began writing pro-war songs.
The leak of the Rainbow Five plan caused a sensation both in the United States and Germany. A hunt for the leaker began immediately in Washington, D.C. Several people were questioned by the government but the leaker was never identified.
Three days after the story had been printed as the fallout from the leak was still being felt, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, attacked the Philippines and swept across Southeast Asia.
More than 2,400 Americans were killed at Pearl Harbor, shocking the American people out of their war opposition and plunging the country headlong into the war. The old foreign policy of staying out of foreign wars that dates back to President George Washington was relabeled as isolationism and blamed for Pearl Harbor. The old principles of avoiding entangling alliances, minding our own business abroad and staying out of overseas wars were said to be discredited—an attitude that continues to this day.
On December 8, Roosevelt gave his “date which will live in infamy” speech. Roosevelt told Congress that America had been in peace negotiations with the Japanese but had been treacherously attacked in a premeditated onslaught. “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory,” he said to cheers from Congress. He said a state of war already existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire and asked that Congress declare war due to the “unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan.”
Less than an hour after the speech, Congress declared war against Japan with only one dissenting vote, by Representative Jeannette Rankin, a pacifist and the first woman elected to Congress.
On December 9, Roosevelt gave one of his Fireside Chats over the radio. In the chat, he made it clear that not only was Japan an enemy of the United States, but so were Germany and Italy. He said the attack on Pearl Harbor was done “in the Nazi manner” and that Germany had urged Japan to attack the United States. He explained that the attack was part of a joint plan of the Axis Powers to give Japan all the Pacific islands and the west coasts of North and South America. The speech shifted from the treachery of Japan to that of Germany and Italy. Roosevelt argued that war against the Germans would strengthen America’s hand.
“Remember always that Germany and Italy regardless of any formal declaration of war consider themselves at war with the United States at this moment just as much as they consider themselves at war with Britain or Russia,” he said. “We expect to eliminate the danger from Japan but it would serve us ill if we accomplish that and found that the rest of the world was dominated by Hitler and Mussolini,” he said.
The leaking of the Rainbow Five plan and Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat of December 9 made it clear to the Germans and Italians that the United States had now entered the war against them. On December 11, Germany declared war on the United States, citing American attacks on German naval ships and merchant vessels. Italy also declared war that day. Hours later, the U.S. Congress declared war on Germany and Italy.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was seen across America as a contemptible act—a sneak attack by a villainous enemy. The lives of more than 2,400 American young men had been snuffed out in a few hours. The press fanned the flames of fear and anger in the American people and the country entered into a state of war hysteria. All opposition to war immediately ceased and young men lined up to fight the Japanese.
But was the attack really a surprise? An August 7, 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal provides some insight. The article cited newly released documents about how the Roosevelt administration mounted a no-holds-barred legal attack against journalists suspected of leaking military secrets. Six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a Chicago Tribune reporter wrote an article about the Battle of Midway and revealed that the U.S. had cracked Japanese codes and knew in advance the Japanese battle plans, Japanese strength and the exact locations of Japanese ships.
The Battle of Midway was a devastating loss for Japan. The U.S. Navy’s foreknowledge of every Japanese move was a major factor in the destruction of the Japanese fleet and put the U.S. on the offensive after suffering a series of losses earlier in the year In response to the article about the Battle of Midway, the government appointed a special prosecutor who sought indictments of the reporter and the Tribune’s managing editor before a federal grand jury in Chicago. A conviction of aiding the enemy carried a potential death penalty, but the grand jury dismissed all charges.
The Wall Street Journal’s angle in 2013 was to compare the Tribune case of World War II with that of Army leaker Bradley Manning who was convicted of releasing classified information about the Iraq War to Wikileaks. But the Wall Street Journal did not raise a significant question that seemed to be missed or ignored by the reporter and by the online commenters below the story, but surely was on the mind of Chicago Tribune publisher Robert McCormick when the Battle of Midway article was printed in 1942. If the government knew the exact location of the Japanese fleet and was listening to the communications of Japanese military leaders before the Battle of Midway, what did it know about the plans and location of the Japanese fleet six months earlier before the bombing of Pearl Harbor?
We now know that Japanese codes had been broken before Pearl Harbor and that American intelligence agents were monitoring Japanese communications about peace negotiations. We also know that the British had a far more sophisticated intelligence effort that had been monitoring Japan. We know that just prior to the bombing, American aircraft were lined up on the runway at Pearl Harbor like ducks in a row. We know that the American Pacific Fleet’s aircraft carriers were pulled out of Pearl Harbor shortly before the arrival of the Japanese Fleet while the older battleships were left behind. We know that on December 7, radar operators in Hawaii spotted large numbers of incoming planes but their warnings were ignored. We know that Roosevelt wanted to join the war but that the American people and Congress were obstacles to him because public opinion was solidly antiwar. We also know today that the Roosevelt administration was chock full of British and Soviet agents who were working relentlessly to bring America into the war. We know that a plan a year before had been drawn up to corner the Japanese into firing the first shot.
We know that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was the catalyzing event that allowed Roosevelt to enter the war with the American people behind him. The attack on Pearl Harbor was the biggest blunder in Japanese history, resulting in millions of Japanese dead in a horrific bombing campaign that targeted civilian population centers. The end result of the attack on Pearl Harbor was total defeat for Japan, national destruction and the occupation of the Japanese home islands by American troops which continues to this day. But immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt allowed the war effort against Japan to wait and turned the attention of the American military to the Atlantic and onto the Germans and Italians. American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in the Pacific were all but abandoned in the first years of the war and left to their fates. American troops on Wake Island and Guam held up valiantly against the Japanese onslaught but received no support from the American government. On the Philippines, hundreds of Americans and thousands of Filipinos were marched to their deaths at Bataan. Meanwhile, plans were being drawn up for an American invasion of North Africa.
Pearl Harbor gave Roosevelt and Churchill what they wanted—a backdoor for American entry into the war against Germany. In North Africa, the British, Italians and Germans had been fighting for dominance since 1940. The French and British Empires had long had imperial interests in North Africa and in 1940 the Italians decided to get into the game. When the Italians were routed by the British, the Germans sent in reinforcements.
The main goal for the British was to maintain control over Egypt and the Suez Canal. The canal was Britain’s lifeline to India—the jewel of its empire. Exploiting India and its other colonies in Asia and Eastern Africa was an important part of the British economy. The loss of the Suez Canal would have made that exploitation more difficult. The British needed American support in North Africa to prevent defeat and the loss of the canal. Josef Stalin also pressured Roosevelt to open a second front against Germany to take the heat off the Red Army on the Eastern Front.
To assist the British and appease Stalin, American soldiers landed in French North Africa in November 1942 and were met with resistance by Vichy Frenchmen. While Americans were being killed in the Pacific without support from their government, American soldiers began the war in the Atlantic by killing and being killed by Frenchmen.
The Germans and Italians were soon chased out of North Africa. Stalin continued to pressure Roosevelt to do more to defeat the Germans, so Roosevelt turned America’s attention not to the Pacific and the country that had attacked us, but to Italy—a country that had barely been able to defeat Ethiopia a few years before. Of course, no rational person could believe that Italy was a threat to the United States. The sole reason for the attack on Italy was to keep the Germans from throwing all their might at the Soviet Union on the Eastern Front.
To placate Stalin, a man who hated the United States, and to assist Stalin in his fight against the Germans, nearly 20,000 Americans died in a bloody fight in Italy. The defeat of Japan—the nation that had attacked us—had to wait for Italy to be defeated. To Roosevelt, British and Soviet interests were more important than the lives of American troops in the Pacific.
Churchill wanted to follow up on Allied victories in Italy by pressing the fight in Southern Europe, which he called “the soft underbelly of Europe.” But Stalin and Roosevelt thought differently. In late November 1943, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt held the Tehran Conference in Iran. At the conference, they decided that Britain and the U.S. would invade France in 1944. The invasion of Poland by Germany had started World War II. France and Britain had been allied with the Poles and had declared war on Germany under the pretext of an alliance with Poland. But the Soviet Union had also invaded Poland with Germany. At Tehran, Roosevelt and Churchill agreed to the Soviet Union’s annexation of Polish territory—which was seen by the Poles as a betrayal. The cause of the war was the defense of Poland, but at the Tehran Conference, Poland was handed over to one of its attackers.
Prior to the Tehran Conference, the British and Americans disagreed on what strategy to pursue after the invasion of the Italy. The British favored a Mediterranean strategy of pushing up into Eastern Europe through Greece and the Balkans. The Americans, led by Gen. George Marshall and Roosevelt, favored a much riskier and costlier invasion of western France. Due to Stalin’s insistence in Tehran, the French strategy was chosen.
Instead of attacking the soft underbelly of Europe, we attacked the hard shell. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy on the western coast of France. The accepted narrative today is that D-Day was a turning point in the war against fascism and led to the liberation of France and the defeat of the Nazis. This narrative has been reinforced over the past 70 years in Hollywood movies, books and in our schools. The exact figure will never be known due to the violence and chaos, but as many as 2,500 Americans were killed that first day, with thousands more wounded. That’s more killed in one day on the beaches of Normandy than in 13 years of war in Afghanistan.
Imagine being an American soldier on D-Day. You are standing on the deck of your landing craft that is being thrashed by the waves. The ramp drops down and you are yelled at to wade onto the beach while machine guns are firing down on you from hardened bunkers atop cliffs. Your leaders chose to land you on a heavily defended beach without cover under a cliff lined with machine guns. This choice led to up to 2,500 American deaths in a single day. More than 135,000 Americans were killed in France and Germany over the next year.
In books and movies, the German soldiers defending the beaches of Normandy are portrayed as formidable soldiers. But in reality, they were young boys, old men and invalids. They were the troops that didn’t have the training, the experience or the ability to serve on the Eastern Front. Germany’s best trained and best equipped troops were fighting the Red Army on the plains of Eastern Europe. And by 1944, the Red Army had killed off or captured a great portion of the Germany army. By the time the Allies landed at Normandy, the German army had already been broken and was in retreat in the east.
We have been told our whole lives that D-Day and all of the American deaths that resulted were necessary to defeat Germany. But was this the case? U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William Moore wrote an Air War College research report that concluded that the Normandy Landings were unnecessary for the defeat of Germany and were done at the behest of Stalin who wanted to improve the Soviet strategic situation at the conclusion of the war. Moore also concluded that other better and less costly options were rejected because American commanders, especially Gen. George Marshall and Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, had long been committed to the invasion of France.
Plans for the invasion of France had been made and were committed to prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. When Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met in Tehran in late 1943, Stalin knew that the Germans were already finished. In January 1942, the Soviets had won the Battle of Moscow. The Germans had failed to seize the Russian capital city, the ultimate objective of Operation Barbarossa. In early 1943, the Soviets won the Battle of Stalingrad, a turning point in the war. The Soviets then won the Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943, effectively breaking the already depleted German army. At that point, the German military was destroyed as an offensive force and it was clear to all who were paying attention that the German invasion of the Soviet Union had failed.
The battles between the Germans and Soviets on the Eastern Front were massive with horrific casualties on both sides. Infantry, artillery, armor and aircraft had clashed on a scale never before seen in history. The Battle of Kursk alone involved nearly 3 million men, 8,000 tanks, and 5,000 airplanes. In comparison, the battles on the Western Front were minor sideshows. By the time the Allies landed in France in 1944, the major battles of the war had already been fought with the Soviets and the Germans suffering casualties in the millions.
Hitler had repeated Napoleon’s mistake of 1812. The results were the same—the collapse and destruction of a great invading army and the occupation of the invader’s capital by Russian troops.
At the Tehran Conference, Stalin knew the Germans were finished. The Soviets were churning out tanks, artillery and warplanes and had millions of trained soldiers while the Germans were at the end of the line as far as troops and equipment. The Soviets had numerical superiority across the board. In 1943, the Soviet Union had seized the initiative and had begun the march toward Berlin. But Stalin knew it was going to be a long, bloody road.
According to Lt. Col. William Moore, the invasion of Normandy was decided at Tehran not because it was the best course of action for the United States or Britain, but because it was best for Stalin. Stalin knew that if the Allies had followed Churchill’s less risky plan of attacking “the soft underbelly of Europe” in the Mediterranean and up through the Balkans, Eastern Europe would have been liberated by the United States and Britain and not the Soviet Union.
Stalin knew that an Allied invasion of France would be costly for the United States, Britain and Germany and would confine the United States and Britain to Western Europe. The invasion of France would reduce the amount of casualties the Red Army would suffer on the Eastern Front as Germany shifted troops west in response. Stalin knew that the invasion of Normandy, while unnecessary to the defeat of Germany, would leave the Soviet Union in a stronger position at the end of the war.
Churchill’s argument was that an invasion of France was unnecessary to the defeat of Germany, was risky and would result in high casualties. Instead, an invasion of the Balkans would be less risky and would result in the United States and Britain occupying Eastern Europe at the end of the war liberating those countries and leaving the West in a stronger position vis a vis the Soviet Union. Roosevelt sided with Stalin and agreed to an invasion of France, deciding against the British position, and setting the stage for D-Day.
As predicted by the British, D-Day was a bloodbath. Allied troops were landed on beaches under cliffs lined with machine gun emplacements. They were mowed down in the thousands by German boys and invalids. The decision to invade France led to the deaths of 135,000 Americans in less than a year, while contributing little to the defeat of Germany other than trading Soviet deaths for American and British dead.
One argument for the Normandy landings was that they prevented our ally, the Soviet Union, from seizing Western Europe. Moore debunks this Machiavellian line of thinking. If the United States had not invaded France in 1944, Germany would have transferred its forces out of France and to the Eastern Front as the Red Army advanced on Germany. The German troops that had fought the Allies in the West would instead have fought the Soviets in the East. The United States and Britain could have waited until the bulk of the German force was spent in the East and then landed in France at a later date unopposed. The United States and Britain could have then seized Western Europe from a collapsing Germany allowing the Red Army to sustain higher casualties and leaving the Soviet Union in a weaker state at the end of the war. In fact, there was a plan for just this contingency, called Operation Rankin, which was designed to get the Allied armies into Germany as fast as possible in the event of a German collapse so that the Soviet advance would be stopped before reaching Western Europe. Moore stated that if the Allies had not invaded France on D-Day but had continued the offensive in the Mediterranean and had implemented Operation Rankin, most likely not only would this have prevented a Soviet occupation of Western Europe, but it would also have kept the Soviets out of much of Central and Eastern Europe and resulted in far fewer American dead.
Moore concluded that Germany could have been defeated without the high casualties of the Normandy landings by continuing the Western bombing campaign and the offensive in the Mediterranean while allowing the Germans and the Soviets to fight it out in the east. With the collapse of the German army in the east, Operation Rankin could have been implemented preventing the Soviets from seizing Western Europe without the 135,000 American dead on the Western Front.
According to Moore, the decision to go forward with the Normandy landings interrupted the successes of the Allied bombing campaign which in 1943 was beginning to disrupt German war production. The bombing campaign was slowed to prepare for D-Day allowing the Germans to continue war production. The enormous amount of resources needed for the landings also diverted men and materiel from the Pacific, which was given second priority. It was the Japanese who had attacked us but Roosevelt was more concerned about the Germans, who had not attacked us. Japan could have been defeated a lot sooner if the Normandy invasion had never happened.
However, D-Day occurred not because it was our best course of action, but because Stalin wanted it, and Marshall and Roosevelt agreed. They were willing to trade Soviet dead for American dead to please Uncle Joe. D-Day was nothing more than a blood sacrifice to Stalin, and that is how it should be viewed by honest historians. By the time the landings occurred it had become obvious to many in the German high command that the war was lost and that Hitler was leading Germany to ruin. German officers began reaching out to the West offering terms for surrender; however, Roosevelt rejected any offers for surrender due to his policy of unconditional surrender. Germans opposed to Hitler had no choice but to fight to the death. The policy of unconditional surrender resulted in a far higher body count for both sides than would have otherwise been the case.
In 1945, Germany was being destroyed by the Allied bombing campaign. Non-combatants were deliberately targeted, most notoriously in the bombing of Dresden in February 1945. British and American bombers committed the deliberate massacre of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the destruction of historic cities for no strategic military advantage. The bombing of Dresden came after the Battle of the Bulge when the Red Army was entering Germany and it was already evident that Germany was defeated.
The Roosevelt and Truman administrations had allowed for the deliberate targeting of non-combatants in the air war, both in Germany and Japan. This policy alone is enough to negate any claims that World War II was a “Good War” or that the West had the moral high ground in the war. In most wars, women, children and the elderly are killed as “collateral damage.” But Roosevelt and Truman followed a policy of deliberately targeting women, children and the elderly, who were killed in the hundreds of thousands in both Germany and Japan. This policy was deliberate, conscious, calculated and entirely unnecessary. It was a war crime that should forever tarnish the names of these two presidents. Good guys in a “Good War” do not deliberately kill noncombatants, even if it could bring some kind of strategic advantage, which in World War II it did not. Let’s face it, the carpet bombing of civilian population centers and the condemning of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings to death in hellish firestorms cannot be justified if one is going to claim this war was fought for moral purposes.
The brief 12-year reign of the Third Reich ended with the total destruction of Germany. The German military was destroyed, German cities were bombed to ashes, German civilians were massacred in the millions and German women were raped on a massive scale by a rampaging Red Army. Eastern Europe was liberated from Nazi totalitarianism only to fall under the iron heel of Soviet totalitarianism. The war began with the German and Soviet invasion of Poland and ended with Poland under Soviet rule—the same Soviets who had massacred the entire Polish officer and NCO corps when the Red Army had invaded that country in 1939.
World War II finally came to an end under two mushroom clouds when atomic bombs obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The commonly accepted mythology today is that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end the war quickly and avoid up to a million American casualties in an invasion of Japan. However, this is merely rationalizing the mass murder of women, children, the elderly and other non-combatants. Japan was a defeated and destroyed nation by early 1945. Its leaders were willing to negotiate terms for surrender. When the Soviet Union began its offensive on Japan in Manchukuo on August 9, 1945, the Japanese knew they were finished and any delay in surrender could result in the loss of home islands to the Soviets. The only
sticking point in the terms of surrender was that the Japanese wanted Emperor Hirohito retained. But instead of negotiating this point, President Truman decided to kill hundreds of thousands of non-combatants in the world’s first and only atomic mass murders.
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and Gen. Douglas MacArthur both thought dropping the bombs was unnecessary to achieve victory over Japan. “… the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing,” Eisenhower said in a 1963 interview with Newsweek.
In The Pathology of Power, Norman Cousins wrote, “When I asked Gen. MacArthur about the decision to drop the bomb, I was surprised to learn he had not even been consulted. What, I asked, would his advice have been? He replied that he saw no military justification for the dropping of the bomb. The war might have ended weeks earlier, he said, if the United States had agreed, as it later did anyway, to the retention of the institution of the emperor.”
In Tragedy and Hope, Carroll Quigley quoted Director of Military Intelligence for the Pacific Theater of War Alfred McCormack, who Quigley thought was in as good a situation as anyone for judging the situation. McCormack believed that the Japanese surrender could have been obtained by blockade alone. “The Japanese had no longer enough food in stock, and their fuel reserves were practically exhausted,” McCormack said. “We had begun a secret process of mining all their harbors, which was steadily isolating them from the rest of the world.
“If we had brought this operation to its logical conclusion, the destruction of Japan’s cities with incendiary and other bombs would have been quite unnecessary. But General Norstad declared at Washington that this blockading action was a cowardly proceeding unworthy of the Air Force. It was therefore discontinued.”
Quigley stated that it was clear in 1945 that the defeat of Japan did not require the A-bomb, just as it did not require Russian entry into the war or an American invasion of the Japanese home islands. Quigley even stated that if the bomb had not been dropped on Japan, the significance of this weapon of terror would not have become known to the Soviets, who did not understand the bomb and felt it was too costly and a strain on the Soviet system to produce. “Without the knowledge of the actual bomb which the Russian leaders obtained from our demonstrations of its power, they would almost certainly not have made the effort to get the bomb had we not used it on Japan,” Quigley wrote. But Quigley then justified its use because it restrained Soviet aggression after the war. Just think this over for a second. The United States helped the Soviet Union defeat Germany with billions of dollars from American taxpayers and hundreds of thousands of American lives only to face nuclear destruction from the Soviets after the war. Why were we aiding and ensuring the survival of a bloodthirsty totalitarian dictatorship in the first place?
On July 29, 1945, President Harry Truman made the decision to incinerate tens of thousands of human beings in Hiroshima in a conscious, deliberate, calculated and wholly unnecessary act of mass murder. He condemned thousands more to slow painful deaths from radiation poisoning. If you believe in right and wrong, then there can be no doubt that the dropping of these bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was wrong. These acts were not done for legitimate military reasons. They were not done to save American lives.
If you believe that women, children, the elderly and other noncombatants should not be purposefully and deliberately killed by the tens of thousands, whether there is a legitimate military reason or not, then obviously the bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, as well as the fire bombings of Tokyo and Dresden, and the entire bombing campaign of the war which targeted enemy population centers, were war crimes of the highest order.
It is strange today that people still look back at Truman as being a good president. This was a man who in his 40s was a dues-paying member of the Ku Klux Klan. This was a man who gave away Eastern Europe to Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in 1945—a repudiation of democracy and freedom and an appeasement to dictatorship worse than Neville Chamberlain’s Munich Agreement that turned over the Sudetenland to Hitler. In Korea, Truman set a precedent of going to war under United Nations auspices without a war declaration from Congress. He was a man who threatened to draft union workers into the military if they didn’t settle the 1952 steel strike. Under his administration, the Central Intelligence Agency was founded and the military-industrial complex was made permanent. Whatever good qualities Harry Truman had, his decision to commit the mass murder of civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki surely outweighs any of them.
If you are a religious person and you believe in heaven and hell; if you believe that it is an evil act to make a decision to deliberately kill innocent people when there are other options available; if you believe that we will be judged on the day we meet our maker, then there is no way around it. Harry Truman is burning in hell alongside Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin and Hitler. Many claim that World War II was fought to stop the aggression of a brutal dictator—that it was fought in the defense of freedom, democracy and Western Civilization. But the war ended with a brutal dictator in control of all of Eastern Europe. The war ended with more countries under the rule of a totalitarian dictator than when it began. Stalin, a butcher whose body count exceeded Hitler’s, emerged from the war victorious. Stalin defeated Germany with the help of American money, materiel and lives.
With Germany destroyed, Stalin turned the focus of his aggression onto the United States. Americans were soon dying in the tens of thousands in Korea and Vietnam fighting against communists funded and supported by the Soviets and armed with Soviet-made weapons.
No. World War II was not a “Good War,” or even a necessary war. It was not fought for moral reasons, or for freedom or democracy, or to stop genocide. It was fought for other reasons that the victors of this war don’t like to talk about. History is written by the victors. Many like to think that America was a victor in this war. But what did the American people win?
Imagine for a moment that we have traveled back to 1942 in a time machine. We have landed on the beaches of Guadalcanal. The smell of rot, death and destruction is all around. We grab a U.S. Marine and pull him into our time machine and travel forward into the future. We drop our Marine in downtown Detroit in 2015.
Back in 1942, Detroit was a thriving city where the average American could find a job and make a good middle class living, buy a house and a car and raise children. But in 2015, that Marine would see a bankrupt city. He would see dilapidated buildings in various states of disrepair. Everything is covered in graffiti. The streets are crime-ridden and are not safe to walk alone even in the daytime. The people on the streets do not look healthy or prosperous.
Panhandlers and the homeless are common sights. Many of the few businesses that are open are owned by foreigners. Foreign-born people make up a large portion of the population. Many of the signs for businesses are in languages other than English. A good percentage of the cars on the streets are made in Germany and Japan.
Now transport that same Marine to Hiroshima in 2015. He would find one of the most modern cities in the world with safe streets free of crime and vandalism. Most everyone is well-dressed, healthy, educated and prosperous. No poverty can be seen and no homelessness. All the cars on the streets are technological marvels and nearly all are made in Japan. Our Marine would learn that Hiroshima is no exception. Every city up and down the Japanese isles is similarly modern, safe and prosperous. Nowhere in Japan could our Marine find the blight, poverty and social breakdown that he saw in Detroit. Back home all across America, in our cities he would find homelessness, poverty, unemployment, underemployment, crime, vandalism and decay while a shrinking number of people live lives of opulence separated by class, money, lifestyle and outlook from their fellow Americans.
What would this Marine conclude from our little trip? Most likely, he would conclude that America lost the war. America helped the Soviet Union survive in its war against Germany by supplying it with billions of dollars in war materiel, food, clothing, trucks and airplanes. America made its war plans not for what was best for the United States or for the lives of American soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen, but for what was best for the Soviet Union.
America had assisted China in its fight with Japan and had totally defeated Japan only to end up fighting Chinese troops a few years later in Korea. World War II saved communism in the Soviet Union and paved the way for a communist victory in China. Five years after the end of World War II, Americans were being killed in the tens of thousands in Korea by Chinese troops armed with Soviet-made weapons. More than 30,000 Americans died in that brutal war. In the 1960s, even more Americans were killed in Vietnam at the hands of soldiers supported by the Chinese and armed with Soviet-made weapons. About 60,000 Americans died in the war in Vietnam.
The Soviet Union and China were our allies against the Germans and the Japanese, but five years after the war ended, the Soviet Union and China were enemies and the Germans and Japanese were our allies. What is the point of defeating one nation to help another if the nation you help is then going to turn around and fight you? Especially, if the one nation is smaller than the other?
This change of alliances and enemies after World War II is reminiscent of the scene in George Orwell’s book 1984 when it was announced that Oceania was not at war with Eurasia after all. “Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”
What was America fighting for in Vietnam and Korea? Why were we fighting to stop communism after losing so many lives fighting to save it in World War II? We didn’t stop communism in Vietnam. The communists won and what was the result? Today, Vietnam remains a poor country eager for American investment dollars while attempting to lure American tourists to come visit on vacation. In 2015, Vietnam is a country being threatened by China—which assisted Vietnam in its fight against us. China and Vietnam are still in conflict over territorial disputes that existed before the United States was even a country. Yet, we expended 60,000 American lives in Vietnam?
And were all those American deaths in the Korean War worth it? The Korean War was fought for almost identical reasons as the war in Vietnam, although the two conflicts had different outcomes. If America had stayed out of Korea, most likely North Korea would have won and today Korea would be a unified country. Like Vietnam today, it would probably be poorer than South Korea is today, but richer than North Korea, less militarized, not occupied by American troops, and probably not ruled by a tin-pot dictatorship. Like Vietnam, it would probably have abandoned its communist ideology while eagerly trying to develop its economy by wooing American investment capital.
If America had never joined the Korean and Vietnam wars, the 90,000 Americans who died in those countries would have lived out their lives here in America, working and raising children, and today they would be grandparents enjoying their retirement. They would have lived long lives here in the United States rather than dying violent deaths on frozen Korean hillsides or in the steamy jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam.
Without World War II, there would have been no Korean or Vietnam wars —at least not with American participation. Instead, the Koreans and Vietnamese would have fought anti-colonial wars against the Japanese and it would have been Japanese young men sent home in body bags in the tens of thousands. Let’s face it. World War II was not a fight between good and evil. It was a fight among fascists, communists and imperialists. It was an alliance of international finance capitalists and international communists to destroy nationalist governments that had formed in reaction and opposition to both. We joined the war on the side of the communists and imperialists to further the goals of international finance capitalists and international communists. We helped the communists defeat the fascists only to spend the next 40 years losing lives, spending vast sums of money and facing nuclear annihilation from the communists.
Germany and Japan were two small nations lacking in natural resources. Combined, they were geographically only a fraction of the size of the United States, with smaller populations. Both nations were motivated by national interests and had regional ambitions. Neither had the capability or the desire to invade the United States. Both were already engaged in exhausting wars with nations far larger than themselves by the time the United States entered the war against them.
We joined the war on the side of Britain, the Soviet Union and China. While Japan and Germany had regional ambitions, the British and Soviets had global ones. The British were trying to save their global empire, which was being threatened by the rise of Germany and Japan. The Soviets were following an ideology that had an end goal of a global dictatorship of the proletariat. The United States helped defeat Germany and Japan saving Stalin from defeat and enabling the rise of Mao Zedong. Stalin and Mao were the worst butchers of the 20th century.
In the 1930s and 1940s, the propaganda efforts of the Japanese and Germans in the United States were minimal and ineffective. However, the British and Soviets were running pervasive propaganda operations in the United States and were engaged in large-scale subversive activities to serve the interests of their own elites. Agents from both countries infiltrated our media and our government for ends that resulted in the deaths of more than 400,000 Americans. Think of the irony of the British strategy of bringing America into the war in Europe. The average British soldier believed he was fighting for crown and country, for the defense of his homeland from invasion and for the survival of the British Empire. The entry of America into the war gave him a fighting chance against the German war machine. But by allying with the United States and the Soviet Union, Britain was fighting alongside two nations that had always been indifferent at best and hostile at worst to the very concept of the British Empire. And Britain’s enemy, Germany, was the one nation that was in favor of preserving that empire.
Hitler had written in Mein Kampf that he saw Britain as a natural ally of Germany. He stated in his book that it was folly for Germany to have challenged the British Empire by pursuing an overseas German empire before World War I and that it had been a mistake to have fought the British in that war. Going forward, he wanted to foster an alliance between Britain and Germany. “We Germans have had sufficient experience to know how hard it is to coerce England,” he wrote. “And, apart from all this, I as a German would far rather see India under British domination than under that of any other nation.” If the British would have accepted the German peace offer after Dunkirk, Hitler would have left the British Empire alone and Britain wouldn’t have lost another generation of men fighting the Germans. Instead, the war would have been between Germany and the Soviet Union—two dictatorships that had invaded Poland together in 1939.
Britain was one of the victors of World War II, but it lost its empire anyway. It plunged into the war as the world’s preeminent power and emerged from it a bankrupted, second-tier nation. Today, Germany and Japan are economic powerhouses with economies far larger than Britain, which has become a shadow of its former self—with American troops stationed on its home island, its foreign policy subservient to America and its national union on the verge of break up.
The average British soldier, just like the average American soldier, made great sacrifices and died in great numbers in the war. From a military standpoint, the defeat of Germany and Japan were great victories. But what was won? Did we fight to stop genocide?
If so, why did we side with the Soviet Union? Our government and media ignored and even tried to hide the Holomodor genocide that killed up to 7.5 million Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933. This genocide was intentionally committed by our ally Stalin. Lenin and Stalin inflicted millions of deaths on Russia and its satellites before Germany ever invaded it.
In 1943 when the Japanese took Burma, a preventable famine that resulted in anywhere from 1.3 million to 3 million deaths occurred in Bengal, India. When rice imports from Burma were stopped by the Japanese, the British government made a decision not to supply rice to Bengal, which resulted in mass starvation. Some Indian nationalists blame the famine directly on Churchill. Shiploads of grain from Australia passed by India and were not allowed to be diverted to the troublesome province and millions of Bengalis were condemned to death by starvation. American humanitarians and others pleaded with Churchill to allow relief to the starving Bengalis but were denied. During British rule in India, famines causing millions of deaths were a regular occurrence and were much more severe than prior to British rule. Since the end of British rule, there has not been a single famine in India.
The average Englishman might look back on the British Empire with nostalgia—some in Britain think the purpose of the empire was to spread English common law, free trade and indoor plumbing around the world. Some still today see the empire as some kind of altruistic project to make the trains run on time. But Hitler rightly observed that the British did not conquer the world because they were affable gentlemen. They did it through ruthlessness, treachery, greed and a willingness to kill millions of human beings. The British Empire was one of the most exploitative and destructive in human history. It spread slavery, famine, war and oppression around the world for more than 200 years. Take a walk through the British Museum in London and it becomes obvious that the purpose of the empire was essentially to loot the planet. While the average Englishman may have positive feelings for this period in his history, he was not a beneficiary of his country’s dominance. The empire served a plutocracy that sent the average Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman and Irishman around the world to plunder it. The British soldier and sailor fought in opium wars in China, diamond wars in Africa and oil wars in the Middle East. British soldiers left their bones around the world to enrich plutocrats in London while the average British person lived in grinding poverty. Writers such as Jack London in his People of the Abyss and George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier documented the depressed state of the average British person at a time when the British Empire was the most dominant power on the planet. Many of the worst conflicts in the world today are legacies of the British Empire. And it was that empire that was the main threat to American sovereignty and liberty for most of our history. By the time Orwell was writing the The Road to Wigan Pier, the British Empire was exhausted. Generation after generation of British men had died abroad fighting to expand its reach. The plutocrats knew that Britain was too small to carry the weight of their global project. The transnational elite that controlled the Bank of England and the central banks of Europe had set up a central bank in the United States in 1913, seized control of our money supply and set to work on changing the course of American history.
World War II brought victory to Britain and the United States over the Axis powers. It also brought victory in the United States over the old guard of American leadership that for a century and a half had sought to follow George Washington’s advice of avoiding foreign entanglements and the intrigues of Europe. With the end of World War II, America inherited the British Empire. Today, instead of the Royal Navy being the dominant power on the seas, it is the U.S. Navy. Instead of British men dying in the jungles of Southeast Asia, the deserts of the Middle East and the mountains of Central Asia, it is American men and women. The American plutocracy has grown richer than the British plutocracy could ever imagine, while American streets are filled with the homeless just like turn-of-the-century London.
No. It was not the American people who won World War II. Other than a brief period of middle class prosperity in the late 1950s and early 1960s when the American economy was the only game in town, the end of the war only brought more dead Americans in Korea and Vietnam, stagnating wages and unemployment. The war did not bring us peace, but a 40-year Cold War against our communist allies whom we had fought and died for in World War II. The war brought the rise of the military-industrial complex and of the intelligence agencies that today subvert and overthrow governments around the world and that watch our every move at home. The war did not bring lasting prosperity, but wage suppression and the loss of our jobs to free trade and to the largest influx of immigrants in our history. We emerged from the war not more prosperous, more free and at peace, but more taxed with a more overbearing government that has been eager to intervene in conflicts around the world and put the lives of our citizens at risk.
Make no mistake. When you get to the heart of the matter, all the sacrifices and deaths of British and American soldiers were not for the national interests of our countries or for the best interests of the majority of the British and American people, but for the international interests of a transnational elite that had hijacked both the British and American governments. Quigley tells us in Tragedy and Hope that any war performs two contradictory services for the social context in which it occurs. “On the one hand,” he wrote, “it changes the minds of men, especially the defeated, about the factual power relationship between the combatants. And on the other hand, it alters the factual situation itself, so that changes which might have occurred over decades are brought about in a few years.”
To know who won the war, all one has to do is look at the changes that the victors implemented at war’s end. The victors of World War II immediately set about accomplishing the goals they had long coveted and had failed to achieve at the end of World War I. Unlike after World War I, when the doomed-to-fail League of Nations was established in Geneva, after World War II the victors established the United Nations on American soil to ensure American participation. They set up the Bretton Woods monetary system that established the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency backed by the American taxpayer.
They implemented the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which removed American tariffs on imported goods. They set up the World Bank to lend dollars to Third World nations and entrap them in a cycle of debt and poverty while siphoning off their wealth to international banks and multinational corporations. And they set up the International Monetary Fund to regulate international lending and enforce the collection of international debt. This was what they wanted and what they had been unable to achieve until after the war—nothing less than a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of
the world as a whole—controlled in feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences.
The international bankers had learned their lessons from their failures to achieve their goals after World War I. Through the Federal Reserve, they had achieved dominance over the American economy, media and political system. By the end of World War II, their propaganda machine had grown more sophisticated. They were able to silence and ostracize “isolationists,” “protectionists,” and “nativists.” They were able to use their power and influence to change the course of American history and transform our republic into the global enforcer of their empire of debt. They transformed us into a soulless corporate republic that was not of the people, by the people and for the people, but merely a vehicle to serve the ambitions of international bankers. America emerged from the war a less sovereign nation indebted to international banks and entangled in alliances around the world. America emerged as the military enforcer and underwriter of a new international order that the victors of the war had established.
For the past 70 years, in our schools, in our media, in books and Hollywood movies, the victors of World War II have been propagandizing the world with a particular narrative about World War II. In this narrative, a great evil arose in Germany in the 1930s led by a fanatical racist dictator who wanted to conquer the world for the German master race. Due to the appeasement of the British and the isolationism of the Americans, this evil was allowed to build up its strength until it lashed out in hatred and ignited a world war. As a fascist storm of genocide and death engulfed the world, Americans remained deluded in the belief that they were safe across the ocean. Isolationists were either naïve or undercover Nazis who were thwarting the president’s attempts to assist those fighting against the rising tide of evil abroad. On December 7, 1941, the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor shocked Americans into reality and proved once and for all the bloody consequences of isolationism. Shocked into reality, Americans heroically came together to fight and defeat the forces of evil that threatened our freedom and independence. Because of the sacrifices of the American people, good defeated evil. Never again must America fall into the death trap of isolationism that allowed evil to rise unchecked and create so much destruction and death in the world. World War II taught us that we are the good guys and we must always be ready to defend the world for freedom, democracy and the capitalistic system of free trade. World War II was a good war.
But there is an alternate narrative for World War II that is not taught in the schools or broadcast to the world through the megaphone of the media. This alternate version begins with the awful cataclysm of World War I. Americans were following the advice of our Founders to stay out of European wars that were none of our business and would bring no good to us if we were to get entangled in them. However, British intelligence agents were conducting a desperate covert propaganda campaign to bring America into the war on the side of the Entente. As a German victory appeared imminent, international bankers who had lent vast sums of money to the Entente Powers worried that their loans would not be repaid if the Germans won. The bankers began to work with British intelligence and used their influence with the media and the president to bring America into the war on the side of the Entente. The American entry into the war tipped the scales and resulted in the collapse of Germany. The Entente then imposed a vindictive peace on the German people. The bankers also used the end of the war to establish international institutions, such as the League of Nations, that they had long desired. The American people watched the imperialist powers selfishly carve up the world at war’s end while shamelessly spouting idealistic nonsense about the noble purposes of the war. In America, a backlash occurred against the internationalism of the Woodrow Wilson administration. Warren Harding was elected president promising a “return to normalcy” after the economic upheavals and so many deaths of Americans abroad during the Wilson years. The gains made by the internationalists under Wilson were then rolled back as tariffs were raised, immigration was restricted and America pulled out of entangling alliances abroad. This resulted in a decade of peace and rising American prosperity. However, the most consequential act of the internationalists during the Wilson years was not addressed: the Federal Reserve Act and the founding of the Federal Reserve System. The Fed’s loose lending policies of the 1920s resulted in a massive bubble of speculation that popped suddenly when the Fed tightened the money supply, causing the Great Depression. In the 1930s, the American middle class that had enjoyed prosperity in the 1920s, was wiped out and descended into poverty. America’s ruling class fell into bankruptcy. The internationalists used the bankruptcies of the Depression years to buy up America’s assets—our great companies and newspapers fell into the hands of a new class of people, a class that owed its rise to privileged access to credit that flowed from Federal Reserve Banks.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a hereditary multimillionaire, came to power due to the collapse of the American economy and the overwhelming support of newspapers and the new industry of radio. Roosevelt spoke like a populist, but his ties to Wall Street banks went back to the very beginning. His great-greatgrandfather, Isaac Roosevelt, cofounded the Bank of New York with Alexander Hamilton in 1784. The Bank of New York was the first corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). (In 2007, the Bank of New York merged with Mellon Financial Corporation and became the Bank of New York Mellon, which, as of 2015 is America’s fifth largest bank.) Franklin Roosevelt’s grandfather on his mother’s side was Warren Delano, who made his fortune in the China opium trade. Franklin Roosevelt’s time in the private sector had been spent as a Wall Street lawyer working for a firm that defended corporate interests. Under Roosevelt’s leadership, Americans suffered as the Great Depression continued to grind on and the nation fell deeper and deeper into debt to Wall Street banks. Meanwhile, Germany and Japan pulled out of the international banking system and aggressively challenged the imperialist nations of Western Europe, resulting in the start of another great war. Americans had learned the lessons of World War I and refused to join World War II. As president, Roosevelt wanted to join the war on the side of the imperialists and communists but knew he would fall out of popularity with the American people if he voiced that desire openly. Roosevelt and British Security Coordination worked covertly to bring America into the war in the face of American antiwar sentiment. They knew that because of public suspicion for how America was hoaxed into World War I that jumping directly into the war against Germany would result in public outrage. They needed a backdoor into the war. A plan was devised to provoke Japan into firing the first shot. When Germany attacked the Soviet Union, Roosevelt and American leftists became
desperate to get America into the war fearing a Soviet collapse. The Japanese were backed into a corner through an embargo and given an ultimatum during negotiations which they could not accept without losing face. Pearl Harbor and the Philippines were left undefended as bait for the Japanese navy. The Japanese took the bait with the hope of crippling the U.S. Navy so they could seize the oil of the Dutch East Indies unimpeded. American aircraft carriers were pulled out of Pearl Harbor prior to the attack yet our airplanes were lined up and left undefended and our sailors were not warned as the Japanese planes approached. The attack was bloody and murderous and served to ignite the outrage of the American people as the press fanned the flames of war. After the attack, a plan to attack Germany devised more than a year earlier was implemented. In less than four years, Germany and Japan were destroyed, occupied, and brought back into the international banking system. The victory enriched the fractional reserve bankers due to the massive amount of debt incurred by all the nations of the world. The end of World War II left the bankers at the pinnacle of world power. In the war’s aftermath, they had a second chance to set up the international order that they coveted and which the world remains under today.
Prior to World War II, the old American establishment traced its heritage back to the Mayflower and Jamestown and the original Thirteen Colonies. They saw themselves as descendants of colonists from the British Isles who had settled America and had then broken away from the Mother Country to secure their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which they had grown accustomed to in the New World. They saw Americans as a common people with a common culture, a common language and a common religion. They believed they had a Manifest Destiny to conquer the continent and populate it from sea to shining sea. They revered the U.S. Constitution and saw it as a protector of our liberties against the tyranny of unchecked power. They were wary of standing armies. They governed under the principle of avoiding foreign entanglements and wars abroad. They valued American sovereignty and independence—both political and economic independence. They were jealous of America’s economic independence and protected it from foreign competition through tariffs. Their wealth and influence came through the ownership of property, land, productive enterprise and commerce.
At the close of World War II, the old American establishment had been swept from power. Its members lost control of the newspapers during the Great Depression while radio from the beginning was under the control of a new class of recent arrivals. The old fortunes of the American establishment had mostly been wiped out during the economic collapse of the 1930s. During the war, the press shouted down the old tendency to avoid foreign entanglements, which was now labeled with the epithet of isolationism, and economic independence was now called protectionism. A new establishment had come to power. It did not trace its heritage to the Mayflower and the Thirteen Colonies, but to the waves of immigrants that had come through Ellis Island in the late 1800s. This new ruling class did not see Americans as a common people with a common language, a common culture and a common religion, but as a multicultural nation—a nation of immigrants. This new elite pushed for immigration policies meant to overrun the dominant American majority and thus internationalize the American people through mass immigration from all corners of the Earth. This new establishment did not value independence but instead sought to increase interdependence with foreign governments and foreign economies. It sought to increase international trade through the abolition of tariffs and the signing of international trade agreements. Instead of avoiding foreign entanglements, this new ruling class actively courted them. This new class wanted U.S. military might to be the muscle of a new international world order based on international institutions that existed above the power of nation states. Instead of wariness of standing armies, the new establishment created a vast military-industrial complex and a massive permanent military that today occupies nations around the world. Our new ruling class does not value the checks and balances of the U.S. Constitution as the protector of American liberty, but instead sees the Constitution as an obstacle to be overcome. It sees the Constitution as a “living document” that can be interpreted in ways that are in line with internationalist goals. This new establishment does not care for the Constitution’s restrictions on power but instead seeks positive powers for the government—expanded powers that reach deeply into all our lives. This new establishment’s wealth and influence flow directly from the financial sector—from Wall Street fractional reserve banks and from control of the Federal Reserve System. This new elite controls the money supply and uses it to control our media, our politics and academia.
World War II is the central event of history for the international bankers. For the rest of the world, the war was an unmitigated disaster that brought untold misery and mass death. But for the bankers, it was a Good War, a Necessary War. It was their greatest victory. They emerged triumphant and in control of the governments, media, educational systems and economies of the world. Unlike after World War I, this time they used the American taxpayer to finance their international institutions. The United States military became their muscle that gave them power and authority on the international stage.
A relentless propaganda campaign has been underway since the war’s end to constantly remind us in movies, books, the nightly news and in our schools about our glorious victory over the world’s greatest evil. Year after year, decade after decade, Hollywood pumps out movies glorifying this war. Actors, most of whom never spent a day in the military, pretend to be soldiers up on the big screen. They pretend to suffer and sacrifice. They play the hero in unrealistic but heavily financed blockbuster films that attempt to convince the next generation of American youth to sacrifice themselves in more wars overseas against all the Hitlers out there. As a result, most Americans today have a cartoonish understanding of World War II. It was a war of good against evil. We are constantly reminded even 70 years later that our enemies were black leather wearing, racist, genocidal, sadomasochistic Nazis. The Nazis have become history’s greatest villains. Today, to call someone a Nazi is to accuse them of being a vile racist with possibly murderous intent. Most people today don’t even realize that the word Nazi itself was not used by the Germans but was a propaganda term of the Allies. America’s great villains are people that never attacked us. We attacked them and assisted in their destruction at great cost in lives which resulted in Stalin ruling over Eastern Europe with an iron fist and threatening us with nuclear annihilation.
The reality of the war was that it was none of America’s business. We should have heeded George Washington’s advice and stayed out of it. Germany did not have the ability or the intention of crossing the English Channel, much less the Atlantic Ocean. If Germany had won the war, Hitler would have reestablished the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Central and Eastern Europe and would have spent the second half of the 20
th century attempting to put down uprisings against German rule. Instead, it was the communists who ended up putting down the uprisings. In all likelihood, Germany would have been defeated by the Soviet Union without our involvement and France would have freed itself during the German collapse without American or British help. Without British or American intervention, the Soviet Union most likely would have won the war but would have exhausted itself in the process and emerged in a weaker position and unable to threaten us.
All those American boys who were plowed under would have lived out their lives here at home rather than dying young overseas. If we had negotiated with the Japanese with the intention of avoiding war, Japan would have spent the second half of the 20th century attempting to maintain its control over China. The Chinese, being an ancient people with a proud culture, would never have submitted to Japanese rule and would have eventually organized an effective resistance. If the United States had stayed out of the war, instead of Americans fighting and dying in wars in Korea and Vietnam, it would have been the Japanese dying in those places. But this is easily said in hindsight. It is easy to look back and say we should have stayed out of the war, or that we should have fought it differently. But we joined the war. All that we can do now is look back at history critically to understand why things happened the way they did. Now is the time to look back at the war honestly and not through the smoke and distorted lens of propaganda.
We must clear away the smoke and look back and learn its lessons so that we do not get hoaxed into another such catastrophe again. World War II has been for far too long the rallying cry that our current ruling class has used to plunge us into new destructive wars abroad that are killing off our youth, bankrupting us as a nation and stripping us of the freedoms the Founders handed down to us.
We joined the war and America emerged from it not a better country, but an empire under the control of a class of people who are attempting to systematically destroy our nation from within to achieve goals that are counter to the interests of the American people. No, it was not a good war. Any person who refers to World War II in those terms has naively internalized the victor’s narrative without a full understanding of the war. Either that or the person is a sociopath. We were hoaxed into World War II. It is time we as a people accept this fact. We’ve been hoaxed about that awful war for the past 70 years.