by Morley Evans
We have seen the enemy and he is us. - Pogo (Walt Kelly)
This sums up the 20th century in one paragraph:
New Deal make-work programs did not end the Great Depression. That was ended by World War II which put everyone to work in the war economy. Inflation — that reversed deflation which had caused the Great Depression — paid for it. That is what the United States has been doing ever since 1945 and we have had non-stop wars and inflation since then. It seemed to work in the 1940s and 1950s. It stopped working in the 1960s. By the 1970s Germany, France and Switzerland were demanding payment in gold and Nixon "closed the gold window." Then, Nixon went to China and started the beginning of the end for the U.S. economy when he took China off the shit list and started buying manufactured Chinese goods. Mao won the war thanks to Nixon, Deng Xiaoping and Chinese workers who do excellent work for less. Guns, bombs and financial hocus pocus lost, period, but the U.S. and its vassals keep trying them anyway.
World War II was not fought to "save the world from fascism." It was fought to smash the rivals of the Anglo-American Empire and provide the Empire with an insurmountable lead over everyone else. Guess who actually started WW II? It wasn't Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo. The same people started WW I, the Spanish American War, the Boer Wars, and also the Napoleonic (world) Wars which crushed France the second time and the Seven Years (world) War which crushed France the first time. Each victory established an insurmountable lead for the Empire over all of its rivals. You may have noticed that people keep catching up and new wars are always required to stay ahead. We are always fooled to go off to war.
We are the world's only remaining superpower: boasted the United States with the victory in the Cold War as the USSR dissolved. Ours is the most powerful military the world has ever known.
Have this thought on "Remembrance Day" on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month which celebrates the Great Victories of 1945 and 1918 and the rest of our victories stretching back to the Spanish Armada and beyond. Don't forget the Civil War, although that war has its own special American day, Memorial Day. Read English history back to 1066 when the modern era really began. We have been saving the world from a fate worse than death for a thousand years. We are so noble.