Monday, April 28, 2008

World Wars and Imperialism

Prior to World War I, there were several great empires and prospective empires, usually in competition with each other.

These empires and prospective empires included the British, the German, the American, the Austrian, the Russian, the Turkish, the French and the Zionist ( Zionism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

Some people might add the empires of the arms dealers and bankers.

World War I was a disaster. It led to communism in Russia; it led to fascism in many parts of Europe.

Certain people were pleased to see the weakening of the old empires such as the Turkish; and that led on to problems such as Palestine.

Britain made a mistake in 1914 in indicating that it would support Russia in any conflict. (aangirfan: The Liberal Party and World War I)

According to Webster Tarpley, "If Sir Edward Grey had wanted to avoid war, he could have warned France and Russia that Britain would remain neutral. Russia was unlikely to go to war without the support of Britain." (According to Webster Tarpley, in The American Almanac, March, 1995, "Sir Edward Grey Turned The Sarajevo Crisis Into War.")

World War II seemed to be mainly about which empire would control Eastern Europe and which empire would control the Pacific; some historians would also refer to the Middle East and other areas of the world.

After World War II had ended, the USA was the major power in the Pacific, Russia controlled Eastern Europe, the British Empire was in a state of collapse, and the state of Israel came into being.

Peter Hitchens, in UK's The Mail on Sunday, 19 April 2008, wrote about World War II.

(PETER HITCHENS - a proud patriot - asks the question that makes him feel like a traitor)

Hitchens asks: "how can we be sure that Churchill's war was a good war?"

Hitchens refers to two books:

1. Patrick Buchanan's Churchill, Hitler And The Unnecessary War

2. Nicholson Baker's Human Smoke.

In relation to Baker, Hitchens writes: "many of the facts here, especially about Winston Churchill and Britain's early enthusiasm for bombing civilian targets, badly upset the standard view."

Was World War II fought to save the Jews from Hitler? According to Hitchens: "No facts support this fond belief. If the war saved any Jews, it was by accident."

The start of the war halted the safe transport of Jews out of Germany.

Hitchens quotes Churchill's description of Hitler in 1937: "A highly competent, cool, well informed functionary with an agreeable manner, a disarming smile, and few have been unaffected by a subtle personal magnetism."

According to Hitchens, Buchanan sees Churchill 'as a man who loved war for its own sake, and preferred it to peace'.

According to Buchanan, the First and Second World Wars are really one conflict. Who was going to control countries such as Iraq or Poland or Palestine or India?

One of the main results of World War I was that Britain was overtaken by the USA.

Did Britain save Poland? One of the results of World War II was that Russia, and not Germany, controlled Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe.

After World War II, Britain lost its Empire, many of its best export markets, what was left of its naval supremacy, and most of its national wealth - "gleefully stripped from us by Roosevelt in return for Lend-Lease supplies".

According to Hitchens: "The country most interested in dismantling our Empire was the USA. Hitler never built a surface navy truly capable of challenging ours."

During World war II, the most evil dictator, Joseph Stalin, 'became our honoured ally, supplied with British weapons, fawned on by our Press and politicians, including Churchill himself'. By Christmas 1940, Stalin had in fact murdered many more people than Hitler."

And now, Germany dominates Europe.


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