The War is not meant to be won or lost – it is meant to be continuous. So said George Orwell in 1948 (the year) in 1984 (the book).
And thus it is. Paranoia is the perfect tool for keeping the populace – the “Proles” – under your thumb. Which is what America’s government, media and military have done since, oh, 1941 at least. Let’s start there.
Pearl Harbour (or Harbor). The Japanese launched a “sneak attack”. Or did they? For decades, conspiracy theorists have maintained that the British government at least, knew EXACTLY what was coming, but that Churchill chose not to tell America, so as to pull them into The War – on Britain’s side (in 1941, Britain needed HELP).
Some conspiracy theorists have even suggested that the AMERICAN government knew, but kept quiet, so that they could win the first battle that EVERY government has to win in ANY war – the propaganda battle against its own people.
The thing is, War Is Hell – and DANGEROUS. Everybody knows that. No-one wants to enter into an adventure where at best they can expect to be traumatised for life, also be quite likely to lose some body-parts and at worst – return in a body-bag.
Therefore they need to be motivated. Be instilled with nationalistic fervour. Given a sense of outrage against The Enemy. And how better than to allow them to have their arses kicked by little foreign men? However, Like The Man Said – while most rumours are true, most conspiracy theories are bollocks. So let’s not get carried away.
In any case, Pearl Harbour DID galvanise America into action – and it was an action that lead to four years of tooth-and-nail fighting across the Pacific, island by island, until Japan was defeated.
Today, it may appear ludicrous that a little island like Japan would THINK of taking on the might of America, but it must be remembered that Japan was a heavily populated, industrialised country, with a warrior tradition. And being a series of islands, with a huge navy, she’d already taken on China and most of the countries in South East Asia, without ever losing a battle.
While America’s population was not that much bigger, being mostly grouped on the east and west coasts with a lot of nothing in between. In fact, if Japan had pressed her advantage after Pearl Harbour, instead of returning home, drunk with the success of having hammered America with virtually no loss to her side – she might actually have WON.
But the TRUTH is, she really had no desire to rule America – just ALL of South East Asia. And America had been “interfering” with her aspirations, so Pearl Harbour was her way of telling the States to butt out.
However, she had no concept of the ideology of America, which did not butt out for ANYONE. And poking the bear in that manner was guaranteed to bring her a world of pain. She should have carried on regardless.
But she didn’t – and it proved to be one of the two biggest blunders of WW2.
Nevertheless, when America finally made it to Japan, they found they still had some work to do, to close out the Japanese. Thing was, Japan had never HAD to surrender before – they didn’t know HOW to. Which gave America a chance to try out it’s new toy. The atom bomb. Much has been written about the reasons America chose to employ such a tactic on an already beaten people.
Certainly, the Japanese were threatening to fight to the last man, for its homeland – which would have cost countless more lives – on both sides. But the truth is rarely stated.
Which is that RUSSIA had begun fighting the Japanese, in a small-scale action (their MAIN theatre of war had been at the OTHER end of Russia – against HITLER). And seeing an opportunity, they offered the Japanese a chance to surrender to THEM – with TERMS. America FREAKED. How DARE they? It was AMERICA who had battled and beaten Japan, at MASSIVE cost in men and machinery.
And so in order to galvanise THEM, America dropped its new toy. Then, when the Japanese whirled around in confusion, they dropped a second (it used different technology and the military wanted to see it tested). Japan capitulated – unconditionally.
At this point, an interesting “what if” emerges. What If… Hitler had NOT committed the OTHER biggest blunder of WW2 – like Napoleon before him, going up against the Russians in WINTER – and had instead gone for the OIL-FIELDS of the Middle East? With no Russian Front, Russia might well have sent her troupes east, to engage the Japanese.
This would have resulted in a much quicker victory over the Japanese – and would probably have lead to JAPAN being divided by Russia and America – with Russia controlling the north island and America the south.
Then, being heavily dependant on Middle East oil, America might well have dropped their new toys on cities in GERMANY – much like Britain flattened Dresden as revenge for the blitzes of London and Coventry – which would have resulted in Hitler’s forces losing their interest in the Middle East, given that their homeland was being decimated, thus ensuring Germany’s rapid surrender.
Perhaps on a World far, far away…?
Anyhay, back to the plot. WW2 is now OVER. Time for America and Russia to wind down their military forces and get back to normal life, right? Wrong. No government wants to do THAT. Loss of POWER. However, having to justify the massive COST of mighty military machines, they needed ENEMIES.
For America, it was easy. Despite having been ALLIES with Russia during WW2 (in Hitler, they’d had a common enemy) America raved at how UNDERHANDED the Russians had been over their attempt to swipe victory over Japan for themselves. They further made much of the evils of COMMUNISM (communists being “godless”, this was an easy sell to the Christian Right). Enter The Cold War.
Russia for her part was happy to play the new game. The evils of the Bourgeois System were an easy sell to HER people. Although the whole thing ALMOST fell off the rails in ’63, when JFK decided to play “chicken” with Russia after America’s embarrassing misadventure in Cuba. Realizing JFK was mad, Russia eventually backed down. Offered a small face-saver involving a few missiles in Turkey, the Russians took it.
Which is likely where we’d be today, had it not been for “Star Wars” (the strategic defence initiative, not the movie). This was a declaration that America was developing a system of missiles that would form an “umbrella” over her country, which would enable her to SHOOT DOWN every nuclear missile launched at her, before it could pose a threat. This too was bollocks.
Whilst it IS possible to shoot SOME missiles down – even TODAY, twenty years later, the ability to nail a full-scale attack is the stuff of fantasy. But twenty years ago, Russia didn’t KNOW that. And having already been financially crippled by the “arms race” (Communism fails to reward individual effort, resulting in a technologically-backward society) “Star Wars” was the final straw. The Russians put their hands up.
Which suited America not at all. The War is not MEANT to be won. She needed a NEW Evil Empire. Trouble was, in 1989, they were thin on the ground. Europe hadn’t had internal strife for forty-five years. And China was WAY too dangerous. So it would have to be the Arabs, then.
They had a weird religion (again, an easy sell to the Christian Right) treated their women badly (feminists would approve) and they controlled the OIL – which America was now even MORE dependant on. And as for America’s Jews…
Furthermore, the Arabs were factionalized, disorganised and primitive. What was the worst they could do?
I wrote (something like) the above three paragraphs in a piece I did in 1999. Then followed them with a warning that what the Arabs MIGHT do was send a representative to Manhattan with a suitcase containing a quantity of plutonium and a little red button. Fantastic? As it turned out – MUNDANE.
Initially, the World’s response to 11/9 (9/11) was mixed. Many saw it as payment for the millions of corpses left behind by American forces in Vietnam, Nicaragua, etc. The War coming home. But many others felt sorry for The States. After all, the three thousand who had died were CIVILIANS – and by 2001, civilian casualties in war was something the West had – if not eliminated – severely reduced.
But the reaction of America (now lead by a man known to many as The Monkey, who had recently elbowed his way unceremoniously into the White House) to the atrocity, soon quelled the World’s sympathy.
In a triumph of “spin”, The Monkey called America’s war against the Arabs “The War Against Terrorism” (until someone pointed out that in Britain, TWAT was a coarse word for a lady’s naughty bits – it was hurriedly renamed “The War ON Terror” – grammatically less attractive, but at least it wouldn’t get LAUGHS) and coerced as many countries as possible to join him.
Britain and Spain were amongst the first to comply – and immediately became targets for the terrorists. After the atrocities had occurred, the Spanish government fell – and the British Prime Minister’s reputation never recovered. And Britain is still in danger.
Which TODAY, leaves a New Face – that of Barack Hussein (ironically) Obama – with a LOT to do, to restore the World’s sympathy with a nation many saw as – following the fall of Russia – arrogant, opportunistic Empire Builders and SEE as – following 9/11 – ANOTHER Evil Empire.
But where does this leave the WORLD now, as far as The War is concerned? Well, certainly war is a very different business today, from what it was even a few decades ago. Nowadays being fought for economic reasons, it is UNTHINKABLE in developed countries. Which means all of the battles have to take place on foreign soil.
However, Americans don’t like seeing American bodies in bags, on their news. And after Vietnam, they recoil from seeing foreign bodies on the ground. Enter TECHNOLOGY. “CLEAN” wars fought by MACHINES. But developing countries cannot AFFORD – or easily obtain – these machines. Which forces them to resort to methods that sicken those in the West.
Of course, THEY see themselves as freedom-fighters, not terrorists. Battling Evil in the only ways open to them. And America’s continuing paranoia will not give her any defence against this form of warfare. Furthermore, despite Hollywood’s attempts to convince her population otherwise, even her “security” technology has its limitations.
The simple fact is, rather than developing new methods for waging The War (and making lame attempts to fight the resulting terrorism) the West needs to concentrate on ways of achieving WORLD PEACE. And for more on THAT, read on…