- Learn from the U.S. mistakes of World War II
Many people object to or question the philosophy of
"Liberty Under God" or Vine
& Fig Tree with regard to war and the
military. 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 response, 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
- Which was greater: the costs of military intervention, or
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 civilians. Details.
|Many people are asking
about libertarians, "Would
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 supposedly
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 Delano Roosevelt.
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
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
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
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 liberty?
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 -
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 have opposed.
- Some researchers on the far left have argued that
German fascists actually won WWII and we are under
that fascism today:
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
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
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:
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
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 life?
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
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
"severe trade sanctions" work? Did they actually
accelerate conflict with Japan and U.S. entry into World
War II in "the pacific theater?"
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
The Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers does not necessarily
agree with the views expressed on this website. Its purposes are
not political, certainly not pacifistic, anarchistic, or
Christian, but solely for "furthering the understanding of
the history of electrical and information technologies."
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