I have been reading a lot about the two World Wars recently. What I have noticed is that the mainstream narrative is complete nonsense. Yet, there are many aspects where I would be interested in a proper explanation. Once such gap is the atrocities committed by Great Britain against Germany.
As a refresher, let me briefly summarize the problem Germany faced at the end of World War II. Essentially, Germany lost the war after the invasion of Russia, which may have been a preventive strike, failed. Afterwards, Germany was done. It was just a matter of time until they collapsed. Of course, once the Russians had beaten Germany in the Battle of Moscow in 1942, the United States joined in because there was no real risk anymore, which is just how that country likes their wars. In 1944, the Allies landed in Normandy and about a year later, Germany finally lost the war. Yet, Germany didn’t just lose the war. It was annihilated. The Allies carpet-bombed civilian cities. Germany was already defeated, yet the Royal Air Force conducted countless air raids. The biggest atrocity was the destruction of Dresden in 1945, a civilian city and arguably the most beautiful city in all of Europe. It was turned into rubble and ashes.
When you read up on Churchill, you get the impression that he was hardly the great hero your biased school textbooks made him out to be. Instead, he was a drunkard and a megalomaniac. His decision planning was poor. The outcome of World War II for Britain was that the British Pound lost its status as the world’s reserve currency. Britain also lost its colonies, most notably India. Instead of ruling the world, the British ended up being constrained on their gloomy little Island which, as it is jokingly described, is worth visiting neither for the weather, nor the food, nor the women.
I think once Churchill realized that his actions have set into motion the end of the British Empire, he went all out. He wanted the British to have their last hurrah. When would the Brits ever again strike fear into anybody after the end of World War II? Possibly never gain. However, for as long as they have the upper hand, they may very well exercise their military power. Don’t think like rational person, think like an insane, murdering psychopath! Imagine you’re on the way to death row. You’ve killed ten people already. You’re going to die anyway, so why wouldn’t you just kill as many people as you could?
Arguably, the British felt great inferiority towards Germany, a country which led the world in the 19th and early 20th century. Visitors from England were, for instance, flabbergasted that there were no beggars to be seen anywhere in Prussia. Taking care of one’s own was always seen as highly suspicious in a country like England with its deep status consciousness and concomitant disregard for the lower classes. There is no English painter of note. Their national painter is J.M.W. Turner, a man of such middling talent that he would have been completely forgotten had he been born in Germany. No English composer measures up to Beethoven or Johan Sebastian Bach. Germany also had the world’s leading universities. While Wilhelm von Humboldt in Berlin reformed tertiary education by introducing the German-style Ph.D. degree, which was copied all over the world, Oxford and Cambridge were little more than finishing schools for the sons of the idle rich. Altogether, Germany was the envy of the world. In contrast, in England things weren’t quite so rosy. Sure, they ruled the world by exploiting their colonies, but there was also this little upstart country called Germany, which only sprung into existence in 1871 that appeared to become a major threat.
At the latest at the end of World War II, Churchill was fully aware that the British Empire was over. The future of the British Empire was bleak. Would Britain ever return to glory? Churchill arguably didn’t see any reason to believe it, with the U.S. dollar slated to become the new reserve currency, Britain being saddled to the hilt with debt, and no colonies to exploit. I think that as a response to the coming gloom and doom of Britain, Churchill wanted to destroy Germany, and Europe, as a last vengeful act. It was unreasonable and entirely unjustified. As bad as it was, we can be thankful that Churchill had a few people who opposed him. For instance, I came across a rather shocking missive in which he had ordered the complete destruction of Rome. The Royal Air Force refused to carry out this plan, however. (The Allies did bomb Rome, but not nearly to the extent they bombed Germany’s most beautiful cities.)
I do not want to make any excuses for Nazi Germany, however. Nazi leadership was aware that the war was over once the Battle of Moscow was lost. A diplomatic solution could have been on the table. It would arguably not have been a pretty one, but compared to the eventual destruction of Germany, it would have been much preferable. Yet, Hitler wasn’t having any of it. Instead, the Nazis chose to run their country completely into the ground over the next two to three years. It was the same kind of madness that was exhibited by the Allies, yet it was directed inward, not outward. Once you cross the Rubicon, there is simply no turning back for a man possessed, it seems.
Now, let us move from 1944-45 to the present day and have a look at the United States, which succeeded Britain as the world’s leading power after World War II. Just like the British used to employ military force for their own gain, so have the United State engaged in all kinds of dubious wars. Changing regimes has been a staple of US foreign policy. In recent years, they’ve become a lot more subversive, with their CIA-instigated “color revolutions”, but the effect is the same. Just like the Brits, the Yanks surely also think, or used to think, that their reign will never end and can do whatever the eff they want.
However, the United States has been massively overplaying their cards. Sure, due to the dollar being the world’s reserve currency, they could enjoy a fiscal gravy train. Yet, this is coming to an end and in the not too distant future, the U.S. may have a difficult time finding buyers for their debt certificates. U.S. power is backed by the military. Too bad that it has gotten too expensive. As of now, the United States can barely keep the lights on due to the poor health of its public finances. It’s quite tough funding a huge military under such conditions.
If you’re the only bully on the playground, life is seemingly sweet. You just do whatever you want: beat up anyone for fun, take the lunch money of whomever you want. In the long run, it’s not a winning strategy, however, because people may show up who refuse to be pushed around. This is where China and Russia enter. In particular, China is interesting here. A big difference between China and the United States is that the former is a country that is run for the benefit of its people, and the latter for the benefit of a kleptocratic elite. Thus, it is perhaps not surprising that China is trying to improve the world where it can. They are on friendly terms with Russia, and they invest in Africa and Europe. What you can already witness, if you follow the news, is that China has been tying Africa, Europe, and Asia closer together. They have a top-notch military, too.
As great as the United States may be, it is quite tough to compete with 1.4 billion people if you only have 300 million. It’s not just numbers either. In China, corrupt politicians get executed. In the United States, we’d have to first look at the color of their skin to decide how transgressions get handled. There is also a lot of disunity in the United States: ever-increasing numbers of pressure groups want to get their hands on “gibs”. They focus on the here-and-now. In contrast, the Chinese also know where they want to go, and every Chinese views themselves as part of something much greater, as opposed to maximizing their own personal gains.
I suspect that sooner or later, the United States will realize that they have squandered their status as the world’s superpower. This is where things will get tricky. You better hope that we won’t have someone like the former bartender Alexandria “Occasional” Cortez as a U.S. president, or any other Democrat or, worse, female Democrat. The problem with those is that they want to prove to the world that they are not pussies and are therefore quick to hit the red button to launch an all-out nuclear war. The climate is there already: just look at all the warmongers in the U.S. who push for attacking Iran.
Sitting on a huge pile of nuclear weapons, it is quite conceivable that the United States will not just quietly abdicate. Instead, they may very well decide to take the entire world down, Churchill-style, once their reign is over. The Chinese embarrass the Americans already just like the Germans embarrassed the Brits. Look at American subways, trains, and airports and compare them to Chinese ones. Look at Chinese manufacturing (how many products do you have at home that were made in China versus products that were made in the US). Look at education and healthcare in China versus the US: STEM Ph.D. programs in the US are full of Chinese nationals. Is it because the Yanks just love the Chinks so much or is the issue that the U.S. is not able to properly educate their own anymore? Look at Chinese versus U.S. politicians: the former are the best of the best of the best. The Chinese elites probably have an average IQ well above 140. In contrast, in the U.S. you are qualified to be a high-ranking politician even if your post-college experience consisted of little else than working as a bartender and taking dick.
If anything has been clear over the last few decades, then it is that the US is a bad actor, starting wars all over the world. They will not be willing to give up their position as the world’s bully lightly. Should they ever decide to go full Churchill, we can only hope that the combined might of Russia and China will contain them. In any case, the risk that the United States will do something colossally stupid we, or our children, will suffer from is high.
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