What were the mistakes of World War II? What can we learn?
The biggest mistake of World War II was this: The Communists won
the War. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a Communist sympathizer, with
numerous Communists in his Administration. As a defender of big
government, FDR fooled Americans into allowing him to commit U.S. troops
to the war.
Many people believe that World War II was necessary to protect the
world from Big Government National Socialism, but these people
didn't notice that the War made the world safe for Big Government International
The Vine & Fig Tree
vision defended in this campaign has been called "pacifism."
Many have asked whether pacifism is "realistic" in the face of
evil like Hitler. Here is a representative email:
If America had not come to the defense of Europe, at what
point would God have killed Hitler and stopped the slaughter
of untold millions of human beings?
Thanks for your time,
In 1968, the prestigious Hoover
Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford
University began publishing a multi-volume analysis (Western
Technology and Soviet Economic Development, by Antony Sutton) of
declassified State Dept documents which showed that the Soviet Union
("Communism," or "International Socialism") was
created and sustained by global corporations headquartered mainly in the
U.S., U.K., France and Italy ("the West") . (In the past,
"the West" ["the first world"] has been portrayed as
being at odds with International Socialism ["the
second world"]. The "second world" was in fact the
creation of "the first world." President
Roosevelt referred to Stalin the tyrannical butcher as "Uncle
Joe." As the "second world" has grown in independence and
hegemony, it has rebelled against its "first world" parents
and come into competition with the "first world" for the
resources of "the third world.")
These corporations saw the Soviet Union as a vast repository of
natural resources, which would require slave labor and government
central planning to exploit. (Most people think of corporations and
"big business" as defenders of "the Free Market" or
"Free Enterprise" system. This is a myth. Freedom cannot be
easily controlled. Big Business favors Big Government, not freedom.)
Adolph Hitler and the Nazis ("National Socialism")
threatened the International Socialism of the Soviet Union. Wall
Street placed FDR in the White House to protect corporate interests
in the Soviet Union. Violating his campaign promises, FDR sent G.I.s to
Europe to protect Stalinism (and to the "Pacific Theater" to
make China safe for the Communist Mao Tse Tung). Senator Joe McCarthy was
right: the White House and the State Department were riddled with
communists. Some actually believed the lofty rhetoric of communism;
others were pragmatists who knew which corporations buttered their
Communists won World War II.
As many as 90 million human beings were casualties of a war to make sure
Poland and Czechoslovakia were controlled by Communists rather than by
Nazis. Americans fought for the Communists, whether the soldiers
knew this or not. This does not mean U.S. soldiers who fought in WWII
were not brave or "patriotic."
It just means they were needlessly exploited.
Many people object to or question the philosophy of "Liberty
Under God" or Vine & Fig Tree
with regard to war and the military. The Vine
& Fig Tree vision would have prevented both World
Wars. There are two questions that need to be asked:
- If the whole range of political options advocated by the Bible's Vine
& Fig Tree vision (including -- but not
limited to -- pacifism)
had been practiced, would more or fewer lives have been lost?
- Which was greater: the costs of military intervention, or the
In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that America
was a Christian nation. The court's opinion was a conservative
attempt to slow the accelerating secularism that had become noticeable,
especially after the publication in 1859 of Darwin's famous book with
the not-as-famous full title: The Origin of Species by Means of
Natural Selection; or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the
Struggle for Life. During the early part of the 20th century,
Darwin's work became quite popular among certain political leaders who
blamed the economic stagnation of their socialistic and anti-capitalist
economies on certain un-favored races. These dictators called their
policies "scientific socialism."
The total cost of World War II
was approximately 50 million deaths, including
|Many people are asking about
Ron Paul Have Stopped the Holocaust?"
The United States did not stop the Holocaust.
The Holocaust happened. Not only was Auschwitz
"liberated" by the Soviet Union, but
all of the other
Nazi concentration camps in Poland,
Latvia, Ukraine, and elsewhere fell under
Communist rule. Why is the U.S. Federal
Government held up as the standard by which
libertarian non-interventionists are
Embarrassingly, many powerful people in America, the
once-Christian nation, admired the ideas and policies of
"scientific socialism," and helped advocates of that position
come into power, notably including Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
Other notable advocates of "scientific socialism" -- though
not flying that banner by name -- were Woodrow Wilson and Franklin
In 1925, the "Scope's Trial" sent many Christians ducking
for cover, and Christians have been in cultural and political retreat
ever since. They are no longer the salt of the earth and a light unto
the world, a City upon a Hill.
If America had followed Biblical blueprints, we would not have
entered World War I. Winston
Churchill is reported to have said:
America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the
World War. If you hadn't entered the war the Allies would have made
peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there
would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, and
Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has
enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all
these 'isms' wouldn't today be sweeping the continent in Europe and
breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace
early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French,
and American and other lives.
If America had followed Biblical blueprints, the Great Depression
would not have occurred. The economic policies that brought about the
Great Depression in America were emulated in other nations, which also
suffered during the Great Depression. "The Roaring 20's" were
not just culturally, but in terms of banking and other economic
policies, a repudiation of Biblical Law.
Departures from God's economic laws in the opening decades of the
20th century led to America's Great Depression, which had world-wide
impact, including Germany, and directly set the stage for World War II.
If America had been a Christian pacifist nation, following the "Vine
& Fig Tree" blueprints in the Bible, she would
not have given military and financial support to Hitler and other
dictators during the 1920's and 30's.
The "right hand" does not always know what "the left
hand" is doing.
Senator Joe McCarthy -- for all the
invective against him - was right: The U.S. Federal Government was
infested with commies:
New American - The Real McCarthy Record - September 2, 1996
"Witches" - The New American - June 16, 2003
and His Colleagues - The New American - June 16, 2003
prestigious (and conservative) think-tank at Stanford University, the
Hoover Institute, published a multi-volume study of de-classified State
Department documents and other government records which proved beyond
question that the Soviet Union would not have lasted more than a few
years without technological and financial aid from the so-called
"capitalist" West. Socialism does not work. It must be propped
up by capitalism.
STREET AND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION
Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1930-1945
The purpose of World War II -- which was determined not by the brave
men and women who fought in it, but by the communists in the State
Department and throughout the federal government -- was to extend
communism, which was at least 10 times as lethal as Hitler. America only
entered the war against German National Socialism in order to further
International Socialism under Stalin.
The same is true for America's entry into the Pacific Theater against
Japan: the goal was to eliminate a threat to international socialism in
the Far East.
FDR and his communist advisors were planning to enter WWII even as they
promised to keep our boys out of war, and in Asia they opened the door
to Mao Tse Tung, keeping Douglas
McArthur from closing it.
Is there more liberty in
the world after World War II, or is there less
But even if the U.S. put an end to Hitler's national socialism, is
there really any important difference between national socialism
("fascism") and international socialism
("communism")? Tyranny is tyranny.
A Century of War - Mises
Did We Really Win?
- Japanese atrocities have gone nearly completely
unpunished. Japanese leaders remained in power. Japanese
fascism remains in power to this day.
Many of the Philippine islands on which American soldiers
gave their lives are now Muslim. The federal government has long
given financial aid to and maintained ties with Muslim
governments which America's Christian Founding Fathers would
- Some researchers on the far left have argued that German
fascists actually won WWII and we are under that fascism
On the other hand, researchers on the far right are quick to point
out that Bush's "neo-conservative" inner circle are devotees
of Leon Trotsky.
The total economic destruction wrought by
World War II is undoubtedly close to a
trillion dollars in 1990 dollars, but the
total loss is incalculable, because so many
artistic and historic masterworks were lost,
including centuries-old architecture filled
with historic treasures. Many of these
priceless creations were of a distinctly
Ask the same question about every war:
"Was it worth the cost?" The
"cost" is easy to determine, in
lives lost and property destroyed. But when we
ask "Was it
worth the cost," the "it" is
usually harder to define. Was it
"a war to end all wars?" Was it
"to make the world safe for
democracy?" Usually none of the
stated goals of the war actually were achieved.
were the actual results of the
war, and were these results worth the cost?
Not once, I would argue. Not a single time. Click
here for a list of all U.S. wars since
1776, compiled by the U.S. Naval Historical
Center. Not one of them was worth the cost.
Jesus would not have commanded His followers
to kill human beings in order to achieve the promised
results of these wars, much less the actual
results of these wars. And we
shouldn't honor those who refuse to
If Hitler killed six million, Stalin killed 60 million.
American intervention against Hitler [and in defense of Stalin] arguably
made matters worse.
We MUST trust God.
This is our duty.
I welcome a continuing dialogue on this issue.
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares
and sit under their Vine & Fig Tree.
Click here to view the exhibit of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc., co-sponsored by Rutgers University:
Virtual Museum: WWII: What was all the Fighting About?
If you've never seen that website, give it a visit. Beginning with
the IEEE text on the left, on the right are the questions Christians
should be asking:
|WWII: What was
all the Fighting About?
World War II (1939 to 1945) was the largest and costliest war
ever, both in terms of lives and money. In about six short years
an estimated 50,000,000 people died as a result of battles,
concentration camps, bombings, starvation, and disease. Millions
more were displaced and left as refugees. Billions of dollars in
property were also destroyed, as were artistic and architectural
masterpieces. The war involved nearly every country, but
essentially there were only two sides,
which included the United States, Great Britain and the
Commonwealth, and the Soviet Union;
|and the Axis
which included Germany, Japan, and Italy.
Although this exhibit will primarily focus on the technology
developed by both sides during the conflict, a basic understanding
of the issues surrounding the war is essential.
|In a battle
between atheistic communism and pagan Naziism, or in a battle
between atheistic communism and Japanese fascism, which side do
you want to be on? For which side are you willing to give your
Why would you want to be on either side?
|The causes of World War II were
complex. A major one was the global depression of the 1930s, which
generated worldwide political unrest and encouraged radical
political reforms. In Germany, the demand for reform brought the
National Socialist Party (the Nazis) to power. Their leader, Adolf
Hitler, promised and delivered both a better economy and the
revitalization of German pride, which had been badly damaged by
the country's humiliating defeat in World War I and the change in
national borders in Europe. This pride reached a fanatical pitch
with a call to unify ethnically German people living in nearby
nations and to "purify" the German "race."
"Purification" culminated in the Holocaust, the
wholesale roundup and execution of Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, and
political dissidents. "Unification" led to expansion
outside of Germany's borders with the annexation of Austria in
1938 and the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. This aggression
was met with negotiation by other European nations who hoped
appeasing Hitler in the short term would prevent war in the long
term. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, however,
Britain and France declared war.
||What were the causes
of the Great Depression? In the early decades of the 20th century,
America made a decisive conversion from Christian Republic to
Secular Empire. In 1931 America officially repudiated its
Christian heritage, but this repudiation had been taking place for
decades. "The Roaring 20's" were not just culturally,
but in terms of banking and other economic policies, a repudiation
of Biblical Law.
Hazlitt and the Great Depression
Century of Statism
Books That Explain It All
von Mises Institute
Departures from God's economic laws in the opening decades of
the 20th century led to America's Great Depression, which had
world-wide impact, including Germany, and directly set the stage
for World War II.
|Meanwhile, on the other side of
the world, a very different war was brewing. Thousands of miles
away, Japan became an ally of the Germans, even though they shared
few military or political goals. The Japanese invaded China,
seeking to gain territories there and in Southeast Asia. Feeling
threatened when the U.S imposed severe trade sanctions in response
to this aggression, Japan attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii on 7 December 1941. Within weeks of the attack the U.S was
at war with both Japan and Germany. The USSR, which had seen their
nonaggression pact with Germany violated just six months earlier,
joined the Allies.
||Do "severe trade
sanctions" work? Did they actually accelerate conflict with
Japan and U.S. entry into World War II in "the pacific
of Freedom Foundation - Trade Sanctions on Japan
|British and American forces began
their counteroffensive by attacking German forces in Africa in
1942, virtually driving the Axis armies from the continent. This
was followed by American successes in the Pacific and the Russian
defeat of the invading German army. The Allies finally entered
German-held France in the famous Normandy (D-Day) invasion in June
1944 and gradually worked their way through France and into
Germany before joining the Soviets in taking the capital city of
Berlin in the spring of 1945.
|With Hitler defeated, the Allies
turned their full attention to the Japanese. Following brutal
fighting on numerous small Pacific islands, the Japanese were
beaten back toward their homeland. Believing that an invasion of
Japan would entail too many casualties, President Truman ordered
the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August
1945. Despite the horrible effects of the bomb, the Japanese did
not surrender, and the Americans dropped a second bomb on the city
of Nagasaki three days later. The Japanese then surrendered on 14
August, ending World War II.
|A major cause of the unprecedented
scale and destruction of World War II was improved military
technology. Although submarines, tanks, and aircraft had limited
use in previous wars, by World War II they were advanced enough to
play a determining factor in the outcome. Submarines were made
larger, faster, and deadlier and their torpedoes took a heavy toll
on ships all through the war.
|Aircraft and tanks, which had seen
limited use in World War I, now became two of the most important
types of weapons. Aerial bombing became especially important, as
both sides developed bigger bombers capable of delivering more
bombs (to see some, flip through the slideshow at right). This
improved technology, however, was abetted by new technologies that
debuted in World War II and would change war and the world
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