Jack wrote this in September, 2006. An additional “comment” at the end.
One of the blessings of not knowing much about history, which most Americans carefully do not, is the blessing of not having to trouble one’s self with knowing how current affairs bear a lot of similarity to past events.
“Remember the Maine” was the cry that stirred up public sentiment for the Spanish American War. The USS Maine was sunk in harbor by sabatage, which was the stated cause for that war, giving the US ownership of Cuba and the Phillipines Islands.
A couple of generations afterward, historians quietly discovered the incident was almost certainly perpetrated by the US Government.
“Remember the Lusitania” was the cry, along with the interception of the Zimmerman Telegram, that stirred up the US population against Germany and got the US into WWI. Until those two events, the US was unsure even which side it would fight on, assuming it fought. To this day, noone understands what WWI was all about. It’s still a mystery to historians all over the world, except that it was clearly a doorway into WWII and the Cold War.
But by the 1980s, one fact was being quietly discovered by historians thanks to the US Supreme Court rulings involving the release of US Security Archives documents when security issues were no longer involved. The sinking of the Lusitania, and the Zimmerman Telegram were not as they were represented to the American people at the time. The Zimmerman Telegram was a complete fabrication, created and released for the sole purpose of angering Americans and provoking them to enter the war in Europe. The Lusitania was not merely an unarmed passenger ship attacked by the German navy.
“Remember Pearl Harbor” was the cry that got us into WWII. Franklin Roosevelt’s famous, “Day that will live in infamy” speech was almost certainly written months earlier. There’s absolutely no question among historians that Roosevelt and Churchill, in agreeing to cut off the Japanese Empire oil supply at Singapore, during a meeting in August, 1941, deliberately created a situation that left the Japanese no alternative other than an attack on the US. The intent was to force a ‘surprise’ attack on US territory to stir up American opinion in favor of entering WWII.
One of the reasons I consider Roosevelt the worst prez in US history is the fact he miscalculated, almost losing us WWII before we got into it. He intended the attack to come in Manila Harbor and warned the US Navy to prepare during September, October, and November, 1941. Pearl Harbor was the surprise. Sometimes people just don’t behave the way we want them to.
The Spanish American War didn’t need to happen, and the US didn’t need to be involved in WWI. Neither would have happened without sleight-of-hand, trickery, and deliberate manipulation of public opinion.
The Japanese Empire did need stopping in 1941. So did the 3rd Reich. But the smart-alec rulers of this country couldn’t trust the US population to do what was right, they believed, without trickery and lies.
One out of three ain’t bad, I suppose.
Today, with the Internet and modern communications and investigative and forensics techniques, secrets are a lot more difficult to keep.
There’s a growing body of evidence world-wide, that 9/11 was planned and executed by persons inside the US Government. If true, one can assume the motives for this atrocity involved stirring up public opinion to support a war.
One of the blessings of knowing much about history, which I do, is the blessing of not having to trouble one’s self about what’s going on in the world today. It all rhymes with the past.