Professor Niall Ferguson examines the last years of the Second World War and considers the compromises (mass deaths of ordinary men, women, and children) the Allies were forced to make to win the conflict. The compromises were those such as the bombing of the city of Dresden and the dropping of the Nuclear Bombs on Japan, killing civilians in vast numbers, which at the beginning of the War would of been thought a quite disgusting form of behaviour.
The Professor quantifies the Allied response, as a lesser degree of appalling-ness, to that which would of been perpetrated by the Germans and Japanese on the rest of the World if they had won the War of the World. The King of Japan and Hitler having become Gods amongst their own, and respective peoples. How easily, we do believe, in almost anything that comes along, including, what – our own leaders are up to now! Have they really made a ‘Fraudulent Promise’ to the rest of the World? The article is on blog.
The Middle East. Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, or anyone involved in conflict, where the West meets the East
Reading : Robert Fisk, ‘The Great War For Civilisation’ and trying to come to some thoughtful conclusions about a ‘present modern synthesis’ on the situation that we have in the Middle East, and with their own particular governments, and people, and our particular present UK government and people, which seem to be flying so far apart, with a greater, and greater, disconnection. It is impossible to try and bridge this all in my mind. History is so vastly complicated in these Middle Eastern regions. This, though, is exactly what we are trying to do in the Middle East : building a bridge for ‘our just civilisation’ to cross. The civilisation of Human Rights and Equal Rights for all people; with democratic governments, doing it, with some of the lesser degree of appalling ness? Than, if left to themselves in the Middle East, which is now ‘not an option’ after we have come this far in our warmongering since the September 11th attacks on the USA.
Our backs are now ‘against the wall’! Our UK Parliament has an all Party Agreement on the extra troop deployment to Afghanistan for reconstruction aims. (poppycock)
All I can think of is what Robert Frisk says at the end of his book :
"There are millions of Muslims who wanted something more : they wanted freedom from us".
And, Albert Camus.
" It is true that we cannot ‘escape History’, since we are in it up to our necks. But one may propose to fight within History to preserve from History that part of man which is not its proper province . . . Modern nations are driven by powerful forces along the roads of power and domination . . . They hardly need our help and, for the moment, they laugh at attempts to hinder them. They will, then, continue. But I will ask only this simple question: what if these forces wind up in a dead end, what if that logic of History on which so many now rely turns out to be a will o’ the wisp?"
World War Three. The War On Terror.
Where will be the peoples of the Middle East be in the future, ‘within’ their own – particular – complicated, and dreadfully muddled ‘History’? Is the long road to a massive World War Three just about to start?
T. S. Eliot. 1946.
"Justice itself tends to be corrupted by political passion; and that meddling in other people’s affairs which formerly conducted by the most discreet intrigue is now openly advocated under the name of intervention. Nations which once shrank from condemning the most flagitious violations of human rights in Germany, are now exhorted to interfere in other ‘countries’ government – and always in the name of peace and concord. Respect for the culture, the pattern of life, of other people . . . is respect for History; and by History we set no great store."
See on blog, ‘The God Called History’.