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History may not repeat itself, but it occasionally stutters

I've always been able to draw connections and parallels where others tend to not see them. It's an odd little gift of mine that usually gets me funny glances and odd looks more than anything else, but it's occasionally entertaining. And lately I've been seeing a lot of little "echoes" of World War II in the current War on Terror.

War starts several years before the United States becomes an active combatant: check
The United States remains officially "neutral," while favoring one side over the other, for several years: check
War's most prominent, and at one point, pretty much only, combatant is an island nation surrounded by enemies: check (if, metaphorically, you consider Israel an "island" of a Jewish democracy surrounded by an "ocean" of Arab dictatorships)
The United States becomes an official participant in the war after a sneak attack kills several thousand Americans on American soil: check
Russia/The Soviet Union sides with the bad guys until a surprise attack on Russian soil: check
France either surrenders or collaborates with the bad guys: check
Two hostile nations defeated, a third "surrenders" and switches sides: check (Substituting Libya for Italy)
President elected in year ending in "0" pledges to avoid conflicts, ends up leading war after above-mentioned surprise attack less than one year after being inaugurated: check
Members of the President's opposing party accuse the "island nation" of being behind the effort to get America into the war: check (some Republicans accused FDR of being manipulated by Winston Churchill into pursuing the war; those who accuse Israel of engineering America's entry into the War on Terror tend to be liberals)
Huge mass graves of innocents discovered in one of the bad guy's countries after being captured: check

I'm not quite certain this means anything, but I found it interesting...

J.


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Comments (7)

Very entertaining - here ar... (Below threshold)
Karl Rotstan:

Very entertaining - here are a few more

The United States, while "neutral" is in fact attacked numerous times (ex: USS Reuben James, sunk by a German sub in May 1941, and countless other examples in the months leading to Dec 41), but these attacks are considered "nuisances" by mainstream media opinion.

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Karl Rotstan:

(sorry - hit submit by mistake)

Also, mainstream opinion declares that the President is a warmonger trying to drag America into the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time, all in order to protect the interests of big business or the Jews.

That's a very insightful po... (Below threshold)
Jim:

That's a very insightful post, Jay. Also, in WW2 we were attacked by the Japanese but we also fought the Germans, part of the Axis. Today, we were attacked by Al-Qaida but we also fought the Ba'thists in Iraq.

Lets hope that his one does... (Below threshold)

Lets hope that his one doesn't end in a nuking though.

I'm all for nuking -- just ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

I'm all for nuking -- just as long as the USA is the one doing the nuking. LOL

ALSO: nazis and jihadoterro... (Below threshold)
daniel:

ALSO: nazis and jihadoterrorists - and their collaborators - both feel that the whole problem starts with the JEWS - and the allies of Zionists!

First major offensive invol... (Below threshold)
Al:

First major offensive involves invading a place not _directly_ responsible, (Morocco/Iraq) but strategically important. check.

First resistance involves French weaponry, check. (The troops in Morocco were French, Dassault RPGs are French).

The French insist vehemently to the world government that there's nothing to see here, move along.

The French protest even the major liberation efforts to the world polity.

Sanctions are found to have been broken in truly egregious fashions. Inspectors insist world is flat.

NYTimes puts detailed battleplans on the front page - while those self-same plans are ongoing. (DDay).




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