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Excuses?

What were the alibis made for our attackers leading up to and into World War II?

August 18, 2005

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Germany was raping, pillaging and killing thousands in Europe in the 1930s, and it was obvious that eventually Adolf Hitler and his heinous Nazi crew would have to be stopped. Did anyone ask then what people such as Americans, Britons, French and Scandinavians had done to make the Germans feel so hostile to everyone? How they had been so goaded into their behavior?

Japan launched its attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, after years of brutal conquest and annihilation in places such as China. Did anyone try to explain why the Japanese had been "disrespected" and aggravated by the attitudes of others against them? Why did they feel so outside the mainstream?

We now see so much attention focused on all the real and imagined things that America and its people have done in the past to trigger the current war on terrorism. As if we deserve it. We had our disastrous 9-11 incident and in no time at all there were those, too many of them Americans, trying to explain that the Islamic terrorists' rage was understandable because of all the horrible and inconsiderate things we had done in the past.

The current world war with terrorists, and it is that, is judged by some to have begun with 9-11, but actually it all was triggered in 1979 with the Iranian seizure of American hostages in Tehran. The handwriting was on the wall then about what was shaping up even though most of us were too blind to see it.

Where were all the apologists for the Germans and the Japanese in the 1930s and 1940s, bleating as we hear so often now about how the United States, and allies such as Britain, brought all this on themselves because of shabby treatment of others? The handwriting was on the wall then, too. It said we had to triumph or be subjugated and slaughtered. We are challenged again, and dredging up guilt trips is not the answer.

Note the heritage of the people suspected of the recent bomb killings in Britain. The majority of them were homegrown, reasonably prosperous, far from the sad, uneducated fanatics who are profiled by some. They had not seen troubled masses in other Islamic countries, but nonetheless decided they would nobly compensate for such mistreatment. Once again, there were apologists.

Comments the Chicago Tribune:

": the debate about whether U.S. policies in Iraq or elsewhere are to blame for suicide bombings or other terrorist acts is largely misguided and futile. It not only blames the victim for the crime, but allows the terrorists to dictate American foreign policy and specify the terms upon which they may be persuaded to stop the attacks. :

"But it's worth noting that suicide bombers attacked this nation on Sept. 11, 2001, long before Iraq or Afghanistan. And terrorists who decry the mistreatment of Muslims in one part of the world say nothing while Muslim insurgents slaughter Muslim civilians day after day in Iraq. :

"If in some Muslim hearts suicide bombers are heroes, that is not the case for the bewildered and grieving Muslim families or their victims. Still, this war of ideas won't be won until suicide bombers occupy a place of contempt in Islamic culture somewhere below child molesters."

Fewer apologies and rationalizations, please, and more unity and ferocity in dealing with our sworn enemies, the same as we displayed in the 1930s and 1940s, with more emphasis on the welfare of victims rather than the terror denizens.

Comments

WWinkler 9 years, 3 months ago

Look at history. The very unfair peace agreements after WWI laid the groundwork for the rise of the Nazis. It does not excuse them, but one could see that German bitterness would have consequences.

Woodrow Wilson knew it would end badly when all but one of his proposals, the League of Nations, was ignored. And then his own U.S. would not support the League.

The terrorists and Islamic extremists certainly are not justified, but since WWII much of our foreign policy has been special-interest campaign fund-driven, selfish, and poorly informed especially in the middle east and South America. At a MINIMUM our top foreign diplomatic people should be fluent in the local language. They rarely are! Books like THE UGLY AMERICAN warned us even in the early 1950s.

ryanjasondesch 9 years, 3 months ago

This completely ignores why they hate us or that they are our 'sworn enemies". History is not an excuse, but does help explain why these things are happening. I.E. the U.S.'s support of Israel (a terrorist organization in the minds of many Arabs), and the support of Monarchs (Saudi Elites) and Dictators (yes, at one time this even included Saddam) who oppress their people, especially women and religious minorities, not to mention those without access to oil production.

And as for the Japanese. . . Are you serious? There are many attempts to explain it, obviously you didn't do enough research before this was written. The U.S. and Japan had been at odds for years with the United States' territories expanding rapidly across the Pacific in order to obtain a strong footing to open up free markets in Southeast Asia. Wonder how the American people would have felt if Japan was setting up shop in Panama? Judging by how they felt about Russia puttingh missles in Cuba, I doubt they would have been pleased. There are even those historians who counter that the first shots between Japan and the U.S. were ours, not theirs. That doesn't for one minute excuse what happened at Pearl Harbor or in China, but it sure does help us understand the complex dynamic that led to war.

Right and wrong, unfortunately for those who deny this, is never written in 1's and 0's, or black and white. And NO ONE is ever fully innocent. This self righteousness and jingoism have got to go.

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