To any clear thinking person it should be obvious that war is the final arbiter of all great conflicts. Those who speak of negotiated peace speak of fiction.
The great world wars have made this world what it is today, for better or ill, and there are numerous lessons to be learned regarding current geo-political conflicts. Thus I draw your attention to two very fine books.
Tuchman’s volume is about World War I, and Weinberg’s about World War II. Tuchman is a riveting popular historian who has the ability to tell a great story and make history come alive. Weinberg is more of an academic whose attention to detail, military and political, is simply jaw dropping.
An interesting theme crops up in both books that is both timely and intensely important.
Both Tuchman and Weinberg single out pacifists and peace movements and their murderous aftermath for special attention.
Tuchman points out that the peace movements in France and England that preceded WWI practically immobilized both countries’ heavy industries to such an extent that when war finally did break out, France and England were, she estimates, at least sixteen months behind the Germans in heavy production. You see, the peace movements advocated a policy of appeasement. Give the Germans what they want and they won’t go to war.
Tuchman also points out that England and France were tragically behind Germany even in small manufacturing. Soldiers marched to war without proper winter uniforms. Hence, British and French soldiers froze to death on the Western front.
It is true that tens of thousands of soldiers perished on the Western front via the new technology of machine guns and from outmoded military tactics, but thousands were slaughtered because of the peace movements that self-righteously refused to recognize reality, that refused to confront evil.
You would think that lessons would be learned from World War I. You would think that the pacifists and appeasers and so-called peace activists would have lost all credibility, but truth has a funny way of getting buried in the avalanche of big lies.
And, I suppose, the word “peace” or the current fashion “social justice” has an almost narcotic effect on man. They hear the labels often enough and they get, well, kind of stupid.
The peace movements that preceded WWII were an almost carbon copy of the nonsense spewed before WWI — except that communications had improved greatly. Newspapers like the NY Times wielded immense power. And of course, The NY Times, then as now, astonishingly dim, saw no reason to get involved in foreign conflicts.
Further, the peace movements in America, France and England were utterly penetrated by Hitler’s and Stalin’s agents. And Hitler—in a replay of the Kaiser’s attitude— absolutely adored the peace movements. He kept a close eye on them and smiled the whole time. They were, he understood, his best allies. As long as these fools kept up their blather Hitler would be able to swallow whole countries.
Once again, the pacifists and peaceniks advocated appeasement. Just give Herr Hitler what he wants and surely he won’t go to war.
The Rules of Peace Movements:
# 1: They never confront true evil.
# 2 : They do not learn from history.
# 3: They are always secretly financed and penetrated by the enemy.
Weinberg points out that by the time Great Britain declared war on Germany, England (and America) were two full years behind Germany in armament production. Once again, the peace camps made sure that the great Democracies were at their weakest at a time when they were literally fighting for their very existence.
Thus another world war dragged on for more years than should have been necessary and millions of lives were lost, lives that could have been saved if evil had been confronted at an earlier stage.
It’s not a great leap to the Viet Nam War. Because of the peace movement at home—see Obama’s buddies Bill Ayres and Barnardine Dohrn—we betrayed our allies and the North Vietnamese slaughtered hundreds of thousands of political enemies.
After that, The Khmer Rouge were emboldened to commit genocide in Cambodia: a million men, women and children were suffocated with plastic bags. These barbarians knew that America would not interfere, not after Viet Nam. Not after the peace movement.
And now the various peace movements are on the march again. Against Israel. These peace movements come under various guises. There are the outright Jew-haters of the EU and the Arab Muslim world. But even more dangerous are the scores of Jews—overwhelmingly but not exclusively Democrat—who advocated for and who remain nostalgiac for Oslo, a process that led directly to the murder of thousands of Jews.
And then there is a special hell reserved for those who—and this includes the Israeli government—ethnically cleansed Gaza of Jews all in the name of peace, turning Gaza into a front line terrorist state controlled by Iranian proxies.
Blessedly, the Israeli left is now dead and discredited. The notion of a two-state solution is understood as code for yet another Final Solution.
The Israeli left that staggers along is entirely financed by European Jew-haters and, in the case of J Street—an Obama offspring—by Nazi collaborator George Soros, petro dollars from the Gulf states and a shady financier from Hong Kong.
Of course the Holocaust denying Iranians garner lots of support from current peace movements. The Israeli nuclear posture is seen as the real danger in the Middle East, not the corrupt theocrats of Iran who steal elections, stone women to death, hang homosexuals, and torture and murder their own citizens. Flotillas, flytillas and the BDS movements are supported by Muslim terrorists, state and non-state players. And the progressive Democrat Peter Beinart—who , naturally, works for George Soros—publishes a despicable screed advocating BDS because he really, really loves Israel
I pity Beinart’s wife and children. His brand of love is rather ghastly.
And so, the next time you see a peace demonstration cloaked in all its moral vanity, keep in mind that these people are committing mass murder.