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I like your letter to the newspaper; it's the main theme of my next book, if it's published.
But who's saying: "CONSIDER it is Washington that started WW I (1914-1918)" ? Where does that crazy idea come from?
It does seem implausible that the United States could have had anything to do with starting World War One, I agree.
Everyone knows the Germans did it.
After all, it was the United States that had reluctantly joined the First World War in 1916 — and only after being provoked by the Germans who tried to get Mexico to invade the United States. Americans had saved the world in WW I. America also saved the foolish warring parties who had nearly destroyed themselves. It was the evil French and British who then forced the Treaty of Versailles onto the Germans. The noble U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson, with his "fourteen points", set in motion the creation of the League of Nations to ensure world peace. But the unjust armistice and people who had not learned their lesson ensured that war would soon resume.
Then it was the wise and temperate Americans again who reluctantly joined the Second World War in December 1941 to save the world from the wicked fascists who had emerged from who knows where to threaten the peace and well-being of the world. More American lives and treasure would have to be spent so everyone could live in peace and safety.
It was the Japanese militarists who had attacked Pearl Harbor one quiet Sunday morning as Americans slept peacefully minding their own business. The United States, under the fearless guidance of Mr. Roosevelt ("The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."), had to rearm to save the world again. Well. Wise Americans under "the buck stops here" President Harry S. Truman, set up the United Nations and selflessly gave the UN a home in the world's most important city, New York.
The hope of the world was that we would all enjoy peace forevermore. But no, the wicked communists immediately emerged as implacable enemies who threatened world peace in their efforts to enslave all.
Mr. Truman, who had dropped the A-bombs on the fanatical Japanese to end the War and save millions of lives, now was forced to save starving Germans in Berlin from the psychotic Stalin. Then Truman had to save the South Koreans and their democracy from the bloodthirsty North Koreans and from Chairman Mao who had taken over China — driving out our democratic ally Chiang Kai-sheck who had been leading the Chinese into freedom from the tyranny of the Chinese Empire and the War Lords.
Most of us are aware of the tragedy of Vietnam that was caused by the communists in South East Asia after United States ships had been attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin. And now the world must be saved from the machinations of the Taliban and Al-Queda which have emerged from the nefarious shadow-world of Islam. As everyone knows, agents of Al-Qaeda hijacked four jet liners and attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon itself. Thousands died. It was worse than Pearl Harbor.
Casting our eyes back we "Remember the Maine" which was blown up by the Spanish Empire, forcing the United States into the Spanish-American War. And before that, Generalissimo Santa Anna had declared war on the freedom-loving Texans who had moved into that Mexican territory from Kentucky and Tennessee. Then Mexico had provoked war with the United States which was forced to fight what is called in the United States, the Mexican War: California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada were liberated.
The unblemished record of the United States in helping the people of the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Africa and even Hawaii is well known, so we need not elaborate here.
Going back even farther we find that George Washington had been captured by the French while he and a brigade of the Virginia militia under Washington's command were scouting in Ohio. This incident lit the fuse that would set off the Seven Years' War (which was a world war and is known as the French and Indian War in the United States). Immediately following that, King George III and the British Empire forbade American colonists from moving west of the Appalachians. The King raised taxes and started the War of Independence — which he lost to people who wanted to be free.
One can see that the United States of America has always been spreading peace and freedom to the benighted souls of the earth and it has never fired a shot in anger unless it has first been provoked and attacked. It is just impossible to imagine that the First World War could possibly have been started by Washington which didn't even have a real intelligence organization until the CIA was set up, in self defense, after WW II to counteract communism.
Americans could not have been involved with the Black Hand in Serbia before the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand and his wife the Duchess Sophia. Americans would not have even known where Serbia is. Americans would have been peacefully tending their farms just like Sergeant York in the movie starring Gary Cooper (1941). It would be unthinkable. It must have been the Germans — or possibly the Russians or the British.
Of course, suggestions that the CIA and other American secret services are behind assassinations and suicide bombings here and there today are scurrilous lies. They are unimaginable. They are unthinkable.
Here are some sobering statistics. Make note of who paid the price for war in the 20th century. Who paid the least?
World War I: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties
World War II: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties