It is often presented as the moment that the industrial
might and ambitions of global domination of the worldís most horrible
evil, Nazi Germany, was confronted by little more than the noble words
of Winston Churchill and the hardworking devotion of Rosie the Riveter
supplying GI Joe with the materiel to save the world for freedom and
Nazi German was defeated, but is it
unreasonable to wonder if the world was made safe for freedom and
democracy? The record of history also shows that the American
government, after WW II, gave up all pretense of operating under the
limits of constitutional law. The usurpation of power and wealth that
came with the war effort continued, largely unabated, after the
victory. Dollar diplomacy firmly established an American foreign
policy tradition of purchasing allies at the expense of working wages.
The courts became more assertive in social matters as politicians
shied from taking controversial stands under the harsh glare of the
growing influence of the emerging national media.
The end of WW II also offered great territorial
gains for Stalinist Russia. This gain was not a victory of democracy
on the march, as President George W. Bush noted in a speech
celebrating the 50th anniversary of V-E day, "For much of Eastern and
Central Europe, victory brought the iron rule of another empire. V-E
day marked the end of fascism, but it did not end the oppression. The
agreement in Yalta followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Once again, when powerful governments
negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable. ...
The captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe will be
remembered as one of the greatest wrongs in history."
Columnist Pat Buchanan grabbed upon this rhetorical
flourish of the president to point out that the agreement in Yalta was
agreed upon by the two popular heroes of W.W.II, President Franklin
Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. This fact
brought Buchanan to ponder, "If Yalta was a betrayal of small nations
as immoral as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, why do we venerate
Churchill and FDR? " Later Buchanan pointed out that while we were
fighting the evil of Hitlerís Nazis, the allied forces after that
struggle enabled the spread murderous communist revolutions and
pointed out, "Where Hitler killed his millions, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi
Minh, Pol Pot and Castro murdered their tens of millions."
Statistics on communist and other government murders
are kept on the Freedom, Democide, War: Home Page (http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/welcome.html)
that shows modest estimates of the murders of Russian communists (61,
911,000 from 1917-1987), Chinese Communists (35,236,000 from
1948-1987) Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian communists (3,740,000
from 1975-1987) and Cuban communists (73,000) actually places the
totals over 100 million. Stalinist purges from 1937 through 1938
accounted for 10 million deaths nearly five to six years before Nazis
began gassing concentration camp prisoners.
Left unexamined by Buchanan was the fact that
Hitlerís regime was made possible by Wilsonís quest to make the world
safe for democracy which actually extended and changed the outcome of
W.W.I and forced the stupid treaty of Versailles on Germany. He did
point out, however, as America is in its new millennial crusade to
make the world safe for democracy, that, "After all, the Germans voted
W.W.II is a sacred conflict for many, though, where
the lines between good and evil were clearly drawn and Hitlerís evil
was focused almost exclusively on people of Hebrew heritage.
Consequently, Buchananís observations, which he made in greater depth
with thorough reference in his book, A Republic, Not an Empire,
earned nothing more than accusations of anti-Semitism from the media
and government. Is it reasonable to wonder, then, if systemic murders
of certain people are more horrible than systemic murders of other
people? If people believe this, are they not guilty of racist beliefs
themselves? After all, why is the murder of 6,000,000 Jews by one
country considered to be more horrible than the deaths of more than
100,000,000 people--including Jews, by the way--in six countries?
History serves no purpose for the future if it is
not investigated honestly and without bias. The political ambitions
and mistakes by both Allied and Axis leaders that led to the 50
million deaths of WW II should be closely examined so as not to repeat
them. As we do so, it should not be forgotten, as America invests
lives and treasures to the new quest to make the world safe for
democracy, that, "After all, the Germans voted Hitler in."