WWII and the “Historical Blackout”

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Lew, what the great Harry Elmer Barnes called the “historical blackout” of unpleasant truths concerning the Second World War continues, not only in the former Soviet Union but here in the US.  The Russians don’t want to contend with unseasonable facts revealed in such award-winning documentaries as The Soviet Story concerning Nazi-Soviet collaboration in the genocide of the Holocaust, or the unsettling “icebreaker” thesis of Viktor Suvorov to the Stalinist legend of the Great Patriotic War.  Here in our dumbed down republic of letters (A, B, C, D,  – all 17 of  ‘em) if it’s not on Facebook or they can’t text or tweet it, they’re not interested.  Books?  Books are boring.  Who has time for books?  All those WWII books at Borders are sold to the same three old guys in seersucker shorts and ball caps. Besides, Grandpa Bob is content to settle for his fireside fables of FDR retold on The History Channel, or that wonderful DVD set Dad got him from Time-Life for Christmas.  LRC writers Robert Higgs and the late Michael E. Kreca, have bemoaned the distressing fact that after seventy years, most Americans don’t have a clue about the real story behind WWII, only what they were fed in Coach Bonehead’s class in high school in between tales of last Friday’s big game.  The complex issues Pat Buchanan brings up in his Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War:  How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, are beyond them, as are those inconvenient truths raised by historian David S. Wyman about the Roosevelt administration’s deceit and indifference regarding the Holocaust.  The elites in DC have worked hard to put this all over and want to keep it that way.  But some people have awoken from their somnambulance and slumber.  Ron Paul has been an alarm clock, a wake up call to millions regarding the Fed and the Empire it enables.  Perhaps LRC can provide that same role regarding WWII over the next several years.

1:37 am on July 27, 2009
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