A Century of War
Lincoln, Wilson, & Roosevelt
By John V. Denson
Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2007.
"The twenty-first century must take the path less traveled and reverse the direction taken in the war-torn twentieth century, the bloodiest in history. When the First World War, where ten million soldiers were killed, evolved into the Second World War, where fifty million people were killed, we experienced the concept of total war. A large percentage of the fifty million were civilians (women and children) killed by British and American aircraft which dropped bombs on nonmilitary targets in order to demoralize the enemy: In other words, the end justified the means.
"The Second World War ended with the first atomic bombs being dropped on Japan, despite the fact that for months Japan had been offering to surrender if they could keep their Emperor. This offer was refused because of Roosevelt's unconditional surrender policy which Truman also adopted. After America dropped the bombs, and after Russia had been in the war for six days, we accepted their surrender and let the Japanese keep their Emperor.
"The war was followed by the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials which established, for the future, that the political and military leaders who lose a war will be tried by the victors and then executed. This established the pattern that no military or political leader will be willing to lose a war, therefore ensuring it will escalate into a total war to avoid losing and being executed.
"The twenty-first century, I believe, will be the nuclear century since this amazing source of energy, i.e. uranium, holds the promise of future prosperity for the rapidly growing industrialized world. However, if nuclear power is used in a total war, we literally face the possible extinction of the human race, or at least the destruction of Western Civilization.
"We must learn to avoid war and develop a general will to peace. I believe the key to this development is to learn the truth about the real causes and effects of wars so that we can see through the false propaganda which is used by political leaders to convince us to go to war."
Table of Contents
The Costs of War
Free Speech and Dissent During Wartime
How Wars Endanger American Freedom
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