EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW,
ESPECIALLY THE REAL AMERICANS
The view from WWII to Now
The Big Picture
By Raymond S. Kraft
October 8th, 2006
Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and
hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and HISTORY THAT EVERY
AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW, ESPECIALLY THE REAL AMERICANS defeat. The Nazis had
sunk more than 400 British ships in their convoys between England and
America taking food and war materials .
At that time the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most
Americans wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian War .
Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in outrage Congress
unanimously declared war on Japan and the following day on Germany, who
had not yet attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.
France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly aligned
itself with its German occupiers. Germany was certainly not an ally, as
Hitler was intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan
was not an ally as it was well on its way to owning and controlling all
Together Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and
Mexico, as launching pads to get into the United States over our northern
and southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and
America's only allies then were England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada,
Australia, and Russia. That was about it. All of Europe, from Norway to
Italy (except Russia in the East) was already under the Nazi heel.
The US was certainly not prepared for war. The US had drastically
downgraded most of its military forces after WW I because of the
depression, so that at the outbreak of WW II, Army units were training
with broomsticks because they didn't have guns, and cars with
"tank" painted on the doors because they didn't have real tanks
A huge chunk of our Navy had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl
Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600
million in gold bullion in the Bank of England (that was actually the
property of Belgium) given by Belgium to England to carry on the war when
Belgium was overrun by Hitler (a little known fact).
Actually Belgium surrendered on one day, because it was unable to oppose
the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next
day just to prove they could.
Britain had already been holding out for two years in the face of
staggering losses and the near decimation of its Royal Air Force in the
Battle of Britain, and was saved from being overrun by Germany, only
because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively
minor threat that could be dealt with later. Hitler, first turned his
attention to Russia, in the late summer of 1940 at a time when England
was on the verge of collapse.
Ironically, Russia saved America's butt by putting up a desperate fight
for two years, until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at
Russia lost something like 24,000,000 people in the sieges of Stalingrad
and Moscow alone . . . 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly
civilians, but also more than a 1,000,000 soldiers.
Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire
war effort against the Brits, then America. If that had happened, the
Nazis could possibly have won the war.
All of this has been brought out to illustrate that turning points in
history are often dicey things. Now we find ourselves at another one of
those key moments in history.
There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants,
and may soon have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or
chemical weapons almost anywhere in the world .
The Jihadi's, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs-they
believe that Islam, a radically conservative form of Wahhabi Islam,
should own and control the Middle East first, then Europe, then the
world. To them all who do not bow to their will of thinking should be
killed, enslaved, or subjugated. They want to finish the Holocaust,
destroy Israel, and purge the world of Jews. This is their mantra, their
There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East-for the most part not
a hot war, but a war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and its
Reformation, but it is not yet known which side will win-the Inquisitors,
or the Reformationists.
If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the
Middle East, the OPEC oil, and the US, European, and Asian
The techno-industrial economies will be at the mercy of OPEC -- not an
OPEC dominated by the educated, rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC
dominated by the Jihadis. Do you want gas in your car? Do you want
heating oil next winter? Do you want the dollar to be worth anything? You
had better hope the Jihad, the Muslim Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic
If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who
believe that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, live in
peace with the rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into
the 21st, then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away.
A moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.
We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the
Inquisition, i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda and the
Islamic terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere. We can't do it
everywhere at once. We have created a focal point for the battle at a
time and place of our choosing . . . in Iraq. Not in New York, not in
London, or Paris or Berlin, but in Iraq, where we are doing two important
(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly
involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack or not, it is undisputed that
Saddam had been actively supporting the terrorist movement for decades
Saddam was a terrorist! Saddam was a weapon of mass destruction,
responsible for the deaths of probably more than a 1,000,000 Iraqis and
(2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic
terrorism in Iraq. We have focused the battle. We are killing bad people,
and the ones we get there we won't have to get here. We also have a good
shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq, which will be a catalyst
for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East and an outpost for a
stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long as
it is needed.
WW II, the war with the Japanese and German Nazis, really began with a
"whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor. It began
with the Japanese invasion of China. It was a war for fourteen years
before the US joined it. It officially ended in 1945-a 17-year war-and
was followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to
get those countries reconstructed and running on their own a gain . . . a
27 year war.
WW II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full
year's GDP -- adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion
dollars. WW II cost America more than 400,000 soldiers killed in action,
and nearly 100,000 still missing in action.
The Iraq war has, so far, cost the United States about $160,000,000,000,
which is roughly what the 9/11 terrorist attack cost New York. It has
also cost about 3,000 American lives, which is roughly equivalent to
lives that the Jihad killed (within the United States) in the 9/11
terrorist attack .
The cost of not fighting and winning WW II would have been unimaginably
greater-a world dominated by Japanese Imperialism and German Nazism
This is not a 60-Minutes TV show, or a 2-hour movie in which everything
comes out okay. The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain,
and sometimes bloody and ugly. It always has been, and probably always
The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until
we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it.
If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we
have an ally, like England, in the Middle East, a platform from which we
can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The history of
the world is the clash between the forces of relative civility and
civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates to conquer the
The Iraq War is merely another battle in this ancient and never-ending
war. Now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get
nuclear weapon-UNLESS somebody prevents them from getting them.
We have four options:
1. We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.
2. We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may
be as early as next year, if Iran's progress on nuclear weapons is what
Iran claims it is).
3. We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle
East now, in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in
4. We can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the Jihad is
more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated
France and Germany and possibly most of the rest of Europe. It will, of
course, be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.
If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children or
grandchildren may live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the
Sharia, an America that resembles Iran today.
The history of the world is the history of civilization clashes, cultural
clashes. All wars are about ideas, ideas about what society and
civilization should be like, and the most determined always win.
Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win. The pacifists
always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them.
Remember, perspective is every thing, and America's schools teach too
little history for perspective to be clear, especially in the young
The Cold War lasted from about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came
down in 1989-42 years!
Europe spent the first half of the 19th century fighting Napoleon, and
from 1870 to 1945 fighting Germany!
World War II began in 1928, lasted 17 years, plus a ten year occupation,
and the US still has troops in Germany and Japan. World War II resulted
in the death of more than 50,000,000 people, maybe more than 100,000,000
people, depending on which estimates you accept.
The US has taken more than 3,000 killed in action in Iraq. The US took
more than 4,000 killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944 , the
first day of the Normandy Invasion to rid Europe of Nazi
In WW II the US averaged 2,000 KIA a week -- for four years. Most of the
individual battles of WW II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war
has done so far.
The stakes are at least as high: A world dominated by representative
governments with civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms-or
world dominated by a radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad,
under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law) .
It's difficult to understand why the average American does not grasp
this. They favor human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but
evidently not for Iraqis.
"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate here in America,
where it's safe.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq,
Sudan, North Korea, in the places that really need peace activism the
most? I'll tell you why! They would be killed!
The liberal mentality is supposed to favor human rights, civil rights,
democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but if the Jihad wins,
wherever the Jihad wins, it is the end of civil rights, human rights,
democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc.
Americans who oppose the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side
of their own worst enemy!
Raymond S. Kraft is a writer living in Northern California that has
studied the Middle Eastern culture and religion.