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Wilson’s War

From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2022 10:48 AM

Subject: RE: Wilson’s War

Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2022 7:06 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Your recent article “Woke Military” at Lew Rockwell’s site

You write “Had this country [the U.S.A.] not entered world war I, the two sides would have run out of soldiers, on both sides, thanks to losses in trench warfare”.

That does not happen to be the case. That certainly happened to the Central Powers, at any rate in broad terms*, after the German offensive of March 1918 failed (before the U.S.A. had contributed materially), but after that the Allies had victory locked in anyway – regardless of the U.S.A..

* Running out of war materiel and food supplies probably made more of a bottleneck for the Central Powers – the latter in large part from diverting fertiliser production and agricultural labour to munitions and recruits, respectively.

Yours sincerely,

P.M.

Dear Peter:

I asked a knowledgeable friend of mine about this. Here’s his response

Best regards,

Walter

From: John

Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2022 3:21 PM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Re: Wilson’s War

sure.

From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

To: John

Sent: Wed, Apr 6, 2022 1:17 pm

Subject: RE: Wilson’s War

Dear John:

Thanks. I’d like to share this with others. May I do so?

Best regards,

Walter

From: John

Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2022 6:31 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Wilson’s War

After Myth of the Great War came out, a colleague of mine accosted me, said abruptly he’d read it. “So if we hadn’t entered the war, no Hitler, no Stalin.”

This guy was a total crapweasel, but head and shoulders above our colleagues, not least in how he figured out that the so-called “higher education” was a sort pyramid scheme, wangled a comfortable berth here and spent the next thirty plus years doing nothing—proof that he was pretty smart.  Definitely ahead of me in figuring things out.

And actually, as far as hypotheticals go, he was probably right.

The only certainty is that (a) our involvement supporting France and the UK was crucial in enabling them to continue fighting after fall 1914, (b), after we entered the war we kept the Brits from starving, and (c), the battlefield performance of American troops was what made the Germans ask for an armistice.

Although generations of British historians and their slavish American followers have so distorted the history of WW1 that these things can’t be mentioned, they’re all easy to document.  But as Huxley famously quipped, just because a fact is ignored, doesn’t mean it isn’t a fact.

In late November 1918, in an interview with the well-known American reporter, George Seldes, Von Hindenburg said that without the presence of US troops on the battlefield, the war would have, at worst, ended in a draw.   When I brought that up later on, an established historian dismissed it by saying ‘oh, he just said that.’   Which tells you how our history gets written.

Similarly, established American historians can’t bear to tell the truth about Wilson.  For instance, one such, after doing a very fine job of detailing how WW distorted the meaning of neutrality, ignored British violations, and so forth, brushed it all away by saying since he felt he was right, it was justified.  As I pointed out to one of his colleagues, by that standard so was Hitler.  He didn’t disagree, but he kept on beautifying Wilson.

As Voltaire remarked back in the 1740s: “unhappily, it is thus that all the histories of our times will be handed down to posterity so altered, that they will be unable to distinguish truth from falsehoods.”

Of course the rest of it gets tricky.  My own view is that the Paris “Peace” Conference of 1919 was the real villain.  Wilson, having gotten us into a war where no national interests were at stake, then ensured not only the next war, but all the rest.

I can make a convincing case that if the two German empires had been left intact, communism would never have survived, and so forth and so on.  So Professor SpongeFraud was right in his conclusion.  Wilson gave us both Hitler and Stalin.

Stultum facit fortuna quem vult perdere.

Or, as Dryden put it:

For those whom God to ruin has design’d,

He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind

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2:58 am on April 8, 2022

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