posted on Dec, 25 2009 @ 09:58 PM
I don't know how old you are, but it is truly a shame that the educational system, nor even satellite TV has not educated you on the absolute
significance of WWII.
Absolute tyrranny, dictatorship, authoritarian powers with a deathwish for the world threatened not just some group or race, but the entire world. You
may question the intent of the US government, or some other govt. but there is no debating the intent of the Nazis or the Japanese.
When entire towns were literally wiped from the face of the earth, millions of Jews were killed, millions more with various faiths... including
Christians, Gays, Gypsys, political foes, even people that just happened to be in the wrong place...all killed. Brutally, with no justification. That
was a fate that would have befallen the entire world. Look up the "Rape of Nanking" and it was literal as well as figurative, look at the hours of
real, authentic footage of the death camps, talk to veterans, listen to them as they cry detailing there walk into the deathchambers and seeing dead
stacked like firewood.
We and our Allies were fighting evil... by every description. Hitler was mere months away from having nuclear weapons and the delivery vehicles to
destroy Paris, Rome, Moscow, London, and New York. With just a few breaks in their favor, the California Coast could have fallen to Japan by the end
of 1942. Or the Germans could still be holding Europe.
People that deny the Holocaust are iggnorant by choice. I've seen their tatooed numbers on their forearms. I've seen the effects of frostbite 20
years after the fact on my uncles feet from the Bulge. I've seen the distant look in another uncles eyes, as he hits the ground when a car backfires
while traveling down a snowy road. No, it was real and make no mistake... thank God or whoever you worship that we won that war.
Technologicaly, we developed radar, Spam, light machine guns, medical advancements, the Jeep, the PowerWagon4x4, sloped armour on tanks, jet engines,
long range flight, rockets, refined submarines, the forerunner of the VW thing, the interstate system, aircraft carriers and naval warfare, food
storage and distribution, radios, AK-47 forerunner, space exploration, and on it goes...including PBJs.
Politically, it defined politics and policies and continues to do so...the rebirth of Israel as a nation. The Cold War, the Iron Curtain, the
domination of the US in the Pacific, the space programNASA, the decline of the English Empire, the rise of Communist China, NATO and the western
policies toward the East, so on
Socially and culturally, it saw women emerge in the work force, mass industrial production and assembly lines, an educated workforce, GI Bill and the
emergence of a solid middle class, and the resulting demand in consumer goods like refridgerators and cars. The coming mobility of veteran's children
in the 50s with cars and the drive-in. The spread of blues music to England which influenced young musicians like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul
McCartney. The rise of a black populace that stayed in England to avoid US segregation and eventually impacted Jimmy Hendricks.
Simply put, WWII continues to have so many influences on our lives, and will well into the 21st century.