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On The First World War And Lessons Not Learned

17 September 2014 @ 14:50

One hundred and one years ago, eagles, imperial and majestic, ruled from Ireland in the West to the Bering Strait in the East, with the exception of France, where the effects of The Revolution a century before that had forever deranged the French Soul, rendering it a curious, deranged hybrid of Empire and sodden Republic.

A century ago these empires clashed on the battlefields of Europe and then on battlefields across the World. And all but two of the eagles fell.

The World never recovered from the carnage and the Chaos and the feeling that the equilibrium of it had been thrown permanently off-kilter. Instead, it drifted along, wounded and deranged, until twenty years later a second, more horrific conflagration came, because of the deadly and foolish mistakes made in the aftermath of the First World War.

Lessons had not be learned and all of the effected peoples found themselves, either through Revolution or self-imposition, ruled by men with Totalitarian Mindsets – the exception being The United States, where it took a decade for that Mindset to bloom. A heavy price was paid by hundreds of millions because they refused to face Reality in the aftermath of ‘The War To End All Wars’.

The Fallout from the First World War has never dissipated. It still infects our Souls to this day, irradiating our Common Sense, eating away at our Right Reason and our Moral Imagination.

This last Truth makes it even more imperative that we study this War and learn the lessons it wants to teach us, that God hopes we will finally absorb, understand, and act upon.

A good place to start is this short article by historian Harry Crocker III, over at Breitbart. In it, he provides an outline for five of those lessons.

Here are two of them:

Number one: When someone declares war on you—guess what, you’re at war. For many Americans, it is a mystery why we got involved in the war in the first place. It shouldn’t be. Germany de facto declared war on the United States when it resumed unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917. As Theodore Roosevelt fumed in March of that year, Germany “has sunk our ships, our ports have been put under blockade…. If these are not overt acts of war then Lexington and Bunker Hill were not overt acts of war….[D]uring the last two years the Germans have killed as many, or almost as many, Americans as were slain at Lexington and Bunker Hill; and whereas the British in open conflict slew armed American fighting men, the Americans whom the Germans have slain were women and children and unarmed men going peacefully about their lawful business.” President Woodrow Wilson might have muddied the waters with his preachments about making the world safe for democracy (which was not the issue), but TR had it right. We were already at war before President Wilson reluctantly conceded the fact in April 1917.

Which brings us to the second lesson: in foreign policy weakness begets contempt. It is a myth that masses of arms, a congeries of treaties, or the military mobilization schedules of the major powers of Europe made war inevitable. No, it was the weakness of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (more on that in a moment) that plunged Europe into war, and it was the punyness of America’s armed forces and the cravenness of Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy that encouraged the Germans to treat the prospect of America’s entry into the war with contempt. After a German u-boat sank the luxury liner the Lusitania in 1915, killing 1,195 passengers and crew, including 95 children and 124 Americans, Roosevelt accused President Wilson and his Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan of being “morally responsible for the loss of the lives of those American women and children….[Wilson and Bryan] are both of them abject creatures and they won’t go to war unless they are kicked into it.” Two years later, the German jackboot kicked Wilson in the pants once too often, with the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmermann telegram inviting Mexico to invade the United States as an ally of Germany.

We stand on the threshold of another era of horrific carnage, brought about, once again, by the sinister servants of Ideology.

If this World is to have any hope of surviving in any state worthy of living in, we must resolve to never again allow the dark forces of Totalitarianism to set the course of events.

The resolution of the Hebrew Peoples after the Holocaust must become our rallying cry: Never Again.

One Comment
  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    17 September 2014 @ 18:09 18:09

    While I wholeheartedly support the sentiment the reality is almost always over and over again.

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