World War II

Speaking of D-Day, many conservative Christians have a faulty view of World War II. I just read in a Christian publication that Hitler had a “murderous campaign to rule the world,” Hitler (according to Churchill) was “the foulest and most soul-destroying tyranny which has ever darkened and stained the pages of history,” Hitler “threatened the very existence of freedom and liberty,” and that over the course of “the Blitz (bombing of London) more than 60,000 innocent civilians were purposely targeted and killed by Nazi bombers.”

This is an example of reading history with historical blinders and through the lens of American (and Allied) exceptionalism. Rule the world? Yea, right. The foulest? What about Stalin our ally? The existence of freedom and liberty? You mean like FDR and the New Deal? Targeted civilians? And the Allies never purposely targeted and killed civilians?

On Churchill, see Ralph Raico. On World War II, see Buchanan’s necessary book, this recent article by Charles Burris, and my “Rethinking the Good War.”


4:21 pm on June 6, 2014