Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and
hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk more
than four hundred British ships in their convoys between England and America
for 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 , which
had not yet attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.
France was not an ally, as the Vichy g overnment 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 of
Asia. 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 Europe . 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.
America was certainly not prepared for war. America had drastically
downgraded most of its military forces after W.W.I and throughout the
depression, so that at the outbreak of WW2, 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. And a huge chunk of our navy
had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor .
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 shipping loses and the near-decimation of its 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, and first turning his attention to Russia ,
at a time when England was on the verge of collapse, in the late summer of
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 Germany
Russia lost something like 24 million people in the sieges of Stalingrad and
Moscow alone… 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but
also more than a MILLION soldiers.
Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire war
effort against the Brits, then America . And the Nazis could possibly have
won the war.
All of this is to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey
things. And now, we find ourselves at another one of those key moments in
There is a v ery 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 Jihadis, 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. And th at
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.
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 known yet which will win — the Inquisitors, or
If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the
Middle East, the OPEC oil, and the US, European, and Asian economies. 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.
You want gas in your car? You want heating oil next winter? You want the
dollar to be worth anything? You better hope the Jihad, the Muslim
Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.
If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who believe
that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, and 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, and 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. And 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 things.
(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly
involved in 9/11 or not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively
supporting the terrorist movement for decades. Saddam is a terrorist.
Saddam is, or was, a weapon of mass destruction, who is responsible for the
deaths of probably more than a million Iraqis and two million Iranians.
(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
World War II, the war with the German and Japanese 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 America
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 again … a 27 year war.
World War II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full
year’s GDP — adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion dollars.
W.W.II cost America more than 400,000 killed in action, and nearly 100,000
still missing in action.
The Iraq war has, so far, cost the US about $160 billion, which is roughly
what 9/11 cost New York . It has also cost about 2,200 American lives, which
is roughly 2/3 of the 3,000 liv es that the Jihad snuffed on
9/11. But the cost of not fighting and winning W.W.II would have been
unimaginably greater — a world dominated by German and Japanese Nazism.
Americans have a short attention span, conditioned by 30 second sound bites,
60 minute TV shows, and 2 hour movies in which everything comes out okay.
The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimesbloody and ugly. Always has been, and probably always will be.
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 ” En gland ” 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. The Iraq war is merely another battle in
this ancient and never-ending war. And now, for the first time ever, th e
barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless somebody prevents 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. Or, 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 maybe 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 civilizational 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 everything, and America ‘s schools teach too little
history for perspective to be clear, especially in the young American mind.
The Cold war lasted from about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came down
in 1989. Forty-two 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 million people, maybe more than 100 million
people, depending on which estimates you accept.
The US has taken more than 2,000 KIA 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 Imperialism. In W.W.II the US
averaged 2,000 KIA a week — for four years. Most of the individual battles
of W.W.II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war has done so far.
But the stakes are at least as high … A world dominated by representative
governments with civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms … or a
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 American left does not grasp this. They
favor human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently not for
“Peace Activists” always seem to demonstrate here in America , where it’s
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?
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 . Please consider
passing along copies of this article to students in high school, college and
university as it contains information about the American past that is very
meaningful today — history about America that very likely is completely
unknown by them (and their instructors, too). By being denied the facts of
our history, they are at a decided disadvantage when it comes to reasoning
and thinking through the issues of today. They are prime targets for
misinformation campaigns beamed at enlisting them in causes and beliefs that
are special interest agenda driven.