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FDR's Immaculate Deception,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor (Gebundene Ausgabe)Stinnett's book is a collection of documents showing that a) FDR goaded Japan into attacking theUS, at the urging of Winston Churchill - the purpose being to rescue the British navy and b) FDR was informed of the progress of the Japanese strike force toward Pearl Harbor; he kept this (decoded intercept) information from the US commanders there, so the resulting huge loss of American lives would persuade this country to wage savage wars in Europe as well as the Pacific. It was a small price to pay for unifying the country, according to a naval intelligence officer. The business about an unprovoked and dastardly attack was a Big Lie.
Naturally, people taken in by that deception dislike this book. One argument is that if the crime had been connected the criminal would have destroyed the evidence; that defense comes from watching TV. A prominent reaction is that America is noble and truthful and would never do anything so base. However ...
U. S. Grant, a hero of the War With Mexico, denounced the US for tricking Mexico into firing the first shot, giving greedy annexationists an excuse for grabbing half the country. Farmers at Lexington made sure the redcoats fired at them. Putting a chip on your shoulder is a time-honored, though juvenile, tactic; so why are Americans unwilling to admit deceiving themselves and their children? And being deceived by others; Woodrow Wilson was conned into making war on Russians to restore serfdom - setting off decades of left and right terror across Europe. (So who conned Wilson?)
Was our role in WWII morally correct? We did not defend Poland. We restored debauched French control over Indochina and Dutch depravity in Indonesia. At terrible human cost we gave Guadalcanal back to English aggressors. And what did we win? Japan today has the lion's share of the world's financial reserves and controls the Indonesian oil which FDR did so much to keep away from Japan. Eisenhower's mission in Europe did not include any humanitarian work or political freedom once a surrender was signed. There was no objective except winning - like in football. So what was all that sadistic mayhem about?
America's century has ended, but there is a reason to be honest about what we did. Now the people of China will lead the world and we owe it to them - and civilization - to renounce deceit.
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