Sunday, June 06, 2010

War then and now

On this, the 66th anniversary of D-Day, Iran has offered to escort the next blockade-running "aid" convoy to Gaza. That would probably spark the next regional war in the Middle East.

Now more than ever, we need to remember why the Normandy invasion was required in the first place. In the economic turmoil of the 1930's, the U.S. and other European powers allowed Hitler and Japanese militarists to arm their countries and to conquer and slaughter their neighbors without reprisals. Not until Japan had sunk most of our Pacific fleet and Hitler had conquered most of Europe did the U.S. finally jump into action, and World War II would be very nearly won by the Axis more than once before the tide turned. In all, approximately 55 million people died in the global war.

If the U.S., England and France had been better armed in the 1930's, and had attacked and defeated a not-yet-fully-armed Germany in the 1935-1938 time frame, then the remainder of the 20th century would have been unrecognizable. Eastern Europe wouldn't have been conquered by a vengeful Soviet army (at least not in the 1940's) and tens of millions of souls wouldn't have died.

The question today is how we're going to treat North Korea (torpedoing a S. Korean ship) Russia (annexing Georgian territory) and Iran (going nuclear and threatening Israel), and it comes down to whether our leaders are students of history or the type of Utopians that pinned their hopes on the League of Nations in the 1930's. Let's just say I'm not too optimistic right now.


Cathy said...

This in the WSJ today:
"With Friends Like the United States . ."

"The administration is making a dangerous world even more so. It has announced that it will head for the exits in Afghanistan, that it will not stand by our closest ally, as the Brits discovered when we fastidiously refused to take their side on the latest round of the Falklands dispute. The Israelis should not be the only ones who are worried."

The Average Jay said...

God help us if Obama stays in power in 2012.

Jody Wilson said...

And here's hoping that January 2013 isn't too late.