by Thomas Brewton
...there was no sure prospect that France and Great Britain would be able to withstand the [German] onslaught that was coming. They were unprepared, their people were divided and demoralized. The Americans were far away, were determined to be neutral, and were unarmed..... I began writing, impelled by the need to make more intelligible to myself the alarming failure of the Western liberal democracies to cope with the realities of [the 20th] century.
Today we are armed, albeit at only about half the strength level prevailing when Bill Clinton slashed defense spending to reap the "peace dividend" for new welfare-state spending programs. But we are again disastrously divided and demoralized, just as were Hitler's adversaries in 1938...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Few Americans remember that World War II began on September 1st, of 1939 when Hitler's Germany invaded Poland. Most Americans consider December 7th, 1941 the date of the war's beginning. Why? Because that's the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and subsequently, that's the day the United States entered the war. At the time of the wars actual beginning (1939) few people recognized it as a "World War." Until then, that term was reserved specifically for the European conflict of 1914-1918, which was supposed to be the "War to End All Wars." But history has a tendency to repeat itself, and within a generation of the first World War, a second was underway.
Sadly, I believe history will record World War III as beginning just before the World War II generation passed away. For I am convinced that history will eventually mark the beginning of World War III as September 11th, 2001. That's the date New York and Washington DC were bombed by suicide terrorists hell bent on a dream of fulfilling the tenets of Islamic Fascism. I believe history will record the years between 2001 and today as the early years of the conflict, before the western world opened it's eyes to the threat and united behind the United States in confronting Islamic fascism. To their detriment, western democracies have always been slow to react to the threats of fascism. Why should this time be any different?