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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Is Pat Buchanan Right? Was WWII Worth It?

Pat Buchanan, in an essay posted on his American Cause website, says that WWII was not worth it!

And he is right!....sort of.

Now before you paint him as an anti-Semite who borders on denying the Holocaust, as an ignominious Newsday article attempting to pass itself off as journalism suggests, you should take a look at Mr. Buchanan’s remarks, in context, to see what he actually said. Then you can weigh it out for yourself.

The point of Mr. Buchanan’s article is that WWII was a false victory – a failure if you will. Not because Hitler was overthrown, or because France was liberated. As Buchanan states, “If the objective of the West was the destruction of Nazi Germany, it was a "smashing" success.” WWII was a failure because the Nazi oppression was replaced by an even more pernicious Stalinist dictatorship.

The ending of the Holocaust was undoubtedly one the greatest successes of WWII. But that is not the whole story! One must also consider what happened under Communism in the generations after the war. As Buchanan points out, “Where Hitler killed his millions, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot and Castro murdered their tens of millions.”

Buchanan goes on to question why men like Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt are venerated by modern historical scholars. Certainly one can make the case that each of these men contributed to their own countries, and to Western Europe. And for that, they deserve due credit. But what about the so-called “East Block” countries of Europe - Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Finland? These countries were ceded to Stalin at Yalta. I don’t think there are many who lived in those countries after WWII who have the same affection for Churchill and FDR as some in the West do.

Are Mr. Buchanan’s comments intended as a criticism or a negation of the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war?

Absolutely not!

Those who fought in WWII, including both my grandfathers, are among the bravest men - or as Tom Brokaw put it - "The Greatest Generation". They fought nobly for the liberation of oppressed people. They succeeded in doing what was asked of them. Many paid the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. It is not they who failed.

Buchanan is simply drawing our attention to the fact that the leaders of the West abandonded Eastern Europe. The West entered WWII in response to Hitler’s attack on Poland. At the end of the war, Poland (not to mention the other East Block countries) was an occupied country. When all the dust settled, the end result was that Nazism was replaced by Stalinism – at the cost of the 50 million people who died during the war, and countless millions that suffered and died under communist oppression.

As President Bush stated in his comments during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of VE day, "The captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe will be remembered as one of the greatest wrongs in history."

In that light, one must seriously reconsider Mr. Buchanan’s question. But perhaps the question should be rephrased. The question is not Was WWII worth it? For certainly it was, regarless of the outcome. I beleive the proper question is "Did our leaders do the right thing?"

I think the post-war history of Eastern Europe has already provided us with the answer.


At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Buchanans question, yes WWII was worth it, to your question did our leaders do the right thing? I dont believe there was much of a choice. We could and should have allowed Patton to March through Russia. Unfortunately I dont think anyone in the world was ready to begin a new war. I enjoyed your view, I also wrote about that article which I found extremely thought provoking. Visit my blog sometime and checkout what I said.

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous the lone haranguer said...

Metz must be a Liberal Democrat. I wouldn't get near him let alone sit down with him. So much for that.

The question as WWII worth it. Yes it was. We emerged as the strongest power,militarily and economically, in the world, and I was born at the end of it. That is after my father got out of the hospital where he had been treated for a year after being blown up by a mortar shell on Iwo Jima. Did we make mistakes..........
What you have to look at is how the Western Powers looked at it at the time it happened. The "WE" then had a totally different outlook on the post WWII world than the "we" of today have. Lookiing back is always easier.After all it would take a couple of years before we became the "Worlds Police Force" ( tongue in cheek ).
At the time the economies of the western powers and the liberated countries were in a shambles. They had just fought a worldwide war and were TIRED. If you had asked them now to take on Russia to free Eastern Europe you would have been comitted to a Loony Bin.
At the time did we just trade one oppressor for another. AT THE TIME WHO CARED. I don't care now as long as the worlds economies don't effect me economically.( I used to care when I had an older point of view about what is happening, and has happened to the worlds masses. But I now have a younger point of view and don't really give a damn ).
As far as Pat is concerned of course he says things to rile people. It is just his way of getting idiots to think.

Just one more thought. As far as Pat being anti-semitic. Is he not backing our nations war on the largest group of anti-semites in the world.....You see it is all how you want to look at things.

Burn a liberal today.


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