On June 6, 2014 we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Europe and the beginning of the end of World War II. It has been 70 years since that day and nearly ninety-six since the end of World War I and we still haven’t learned the futility of involvement in other people’s affairs. Yes, the war against Japan was justified because we were attacked but I don’t think Japan ever had designs on the United States. Their objective was to eliminate our ability to help our friends the British, the Dutch and the French to hold on to their control of their countries and their possessions in Asia. Even Hitler’s motive was similar and Roosevelt continued to provoke him, seeing as it was a way out of the depression of the 1930s.
I realize this is a scathing denunciation of America’s policy over the last 100 years but in retrospect, what has changed that would not have changed with the death of Hitler and even Joseph Stalin whose policies and action towards his own people were far worse than Hitler’s toward the Jews. Russia now has a government somewhat better than that under Stalin, The former Soviet satellites are still finding their way as in the Ukraine and many have turned to democracies which our country demonstrates only allows the majority to dominate at the expense of the minority.
Korea is virtually unchanged and reconciliation has been about as easy to obtain as that between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Vietnam was another loser and our excuse for entering their war was to halt the spread of communism. How well we have succeeded is obvious. Engagement in the civil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are proving similarly futile. Fortunately there were other butinskies in Libya and we were spared another foolish involvement and I thought we might have finally come to our senses but the clamor for involvement in Syria shows that there is still a sufficient pressure by those who would benefit. I refer of course to the military industrial complex that still wields significant clout in the halls of government.
You may criticize me for spewing sour grapes and ask if I don’t like it here why I don’t go somewhere else. The answer is that those places I deem better won’t have me and everywhere else is worse. In answer to why everyone else wants to come here I say only that not everyone wants to become an American and those that do we make little effort to keep out and they are at the bottom of the economic scale.