Friday, June 6, 2008

Would We Have Won WWII If It Were Fought Today?

I have been thinking of this for some time. I watched a movie last night called "Flags of Our Fathers." The basic premise was that the soldiers who put up the famous flag at Iwo Jima were not all the guys who put up the flag and that they were famous while so many real heroes had been killed.

They wanted to come back and tell the whole story, but refrained because they were told if they told the whole story, the media would only talk about how the story was a lie and denigrate the war effort.

It leads me back to my initial question. Would the U.S. win WWII if it were fought today?

I'm not so sure we would have won. At least not the overwhelming and long-lasting victory we achieved.

In WWII, we were attacked by Japan alone. Because of the parallels to today's Global War on Terror, we would have had to conduct an immediate strike only against the Japanese, then only a symmetric response...probably a bombing of an outlying island. Would we have had to wait for a strike on a city in California before we took action? As I have watched the public opinion turn on our obligations to fight this historical war, today, I think we would have required a full scale bombing of California before we would take decisive action.

What about Germany? Well, they didn't attack us. If you parallel Germany in WWII and Iraq under Saddam Hussein in the War on Terror, then public opinion would have turned from bombing Germany. News articles would constantly come out talking about the hundreds of thousands of US servicemen killed in combat. If we are squeamish about 4,000 US troops dead today in an "elective war," what do you think of public opinion after the 200,000th US troop death in an "elective war" in Germany?

Day after day of depressing and hopeless news stories about how the Germans and Japanese are winning the war. How we have diverted resources from our main objective in Japan (Afghanistan ) to fight a battle in Germany (Iraq). How we are fighting the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time when we were fighting Nazi soldiers in North Africa early in the war.

Today's media are more interested in pointing out flaws and discussing how America is wrong in everything. I believe that having people know the full truth is a good thing and the reason freedom of the press is a very important Right. It is up to every individual to think critically and to not allow the agenda of media or other organizations to get in the way of you discovering the real truth.

We are in a large-scale fight for freedom worldwide. When Bush said you are either with us or against us, he didn't mean you had to put up a McDonald's in your country or start acting like the U.S. He was saying you are either for Democracy or you are against it. You are either for fighting with people who want to kill, murder, oppress and destroy or you are a killer, murderer, oppressor and destroyer.

Like WWII, we had allies and freed the French resistance to help us achieve overall victory. Today, we have freed Iraqi resistance, Afghan resistance, Soviet resistance and they are all now fighting with us towards complete and total victory forever. We must stand up and continue to fight with our new allies rather than fighting over how we can abandon our allies the quickest.

We have one chance to change history and do the right thing. This is our chance. Think of the millions of Iraqis who now have a country of their own and who are fighting and dying to kill America's enemies.

Think of the thousands of U.S. troops who have died for our new allies and worldwide freedom. What did they die for if we just hand Iraq to Al Qaeda and/or Iran?

What would the world look like if we had lost WWII? What would have happened to the world if we had invaded Japan only and lost the whole European continent to the Nazis (perhaps even Russia, as Germany would have only had a single front in the War)? The Nazis were much closer to developing a nuclear bomb by the war's end than we had thought. They were developing ICBMs with the goal of hitting America. Everything the Iranians are doing today, the Nazis were doing in the 1940s.

Think about that then think of how you feel about how we are fighting the War on Terror (which is really WWIII).

Which side do you want to be on when history unfolds?

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