I’ve said many times that I’m a bit of a World War II buff. I’m no scholar or expert, but I do think that I know a bit more than the average person about the topic. And though I have focused more on the Pacific part of the war, I do have a good familiarity with the general nature of the war — its causes, origins, general developments, resolutions, and consequences.
For example, Nazi Germany was defeated by a broad coalition of allied nations, but three nations were “more equal than others” in the effort: the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States. (In the order in which they entered the war against Germany.)
The United Kingdom declared war on Germany after the Nazis invaded Poland, honoring a mutual defense treaty.
The Soviet Union declared war on Germany after the Germans turned on their erstwhile allies and invaded the Soviet Union.
And the United States declared war on Germany after Germany declared war on the US in the immediate aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack.
In essence, the motives of the Allies boil down to “we’re going to stop you from conquering Europe,” “you’re not going to conquer us,” and “you want a piece of us? Bring it on!”
That, I thought, was fairly common knowledge. It’s no great secret, not some confusing, obscure aspect of history. One doesn’t have to be much of a genius to know and remember that.
Why do I bring this up? Because apparently it IS a great mystery, a lost bit of historical lore from some of those who have some very, very impressive academic credentials.
There are those who think that one of the primary causes of World War II — at least, in the efforts to defeat Nazi Germany — was the Holocaust.
One guy, who holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations from Columbia University, a degree from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and a former professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School, seems to think that “stopping the Holocaust” was one of the major motivating factors in World War II.
I refer, of course, to Senator Barack Obama.
Speaking at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Obama said:
“I am always taken back to sort of the core question of humanity that the Holocaust raises. That is, on the one hand, man’s great capacity for evil, and on the other hand, our ability to come together to stop evil.”
The vast majority of people simply didn’t know about the Holocaust. Some high-placed leaders in allied governments did know about it, in considerable detail, but kept those details to themselves and didn’t make “stopping the Holocaust” a priority war goal.
So, why would Senator Obama attempt to say that stopping the Holocaust was a unifying element in fighting World War II?
Here’s a radical notion: he was in Israel, and he wanted to suck up to American Jews.
And if he has to rewrite history, to ascribe specific moral principles to actions taken by leaders and nations over 60 years ago that simply didn’t exist, well, that’s all just part of The New Politics, the kind of “change (of history) we can believe in.”
As Meryl Yourish (who was the first person I saw to catch this) said so eloquently, “bullshit.”