Originally posted by Aim64C
For example, the U.S. Civil war was over slavery, wasn't it?
Of course not.
Of course it was ...
The south had "free labor" in form of slaves, that gave the south better prices for their products. While the north had no such luxury, and therefor
these slaves had to be removed, so the south had no such "free labor".
It was about the slaves ... even if not in the same context, as people generally understand it to be.
The same thing can be said, about slavery in general ... the brits were very bad, for doing that ... or were they?
Not really, the people of Africa were even worse off then than now ... the brits actually took this decision, to "save" the african populace. But
that isn't how people understand it ... is it?
This isn't a "unique" story either ... in Iceland, around 17th century. There was a huge volcanic eruption, that threatened the entire Island. The
King of Denmark wanted to "save" the population from it's plight. But the population of Iceland, told him to go ... ya know. So the King of Denmark,
investigated why ... and the reason was, that Iceland had a lot of books, where the population read how "war" was the plight of Europe. These books
were later "collected" from the Icelandic population, to Denmark. Where the "oldest" ones, "magically" dissappeared into the copenhagen fire, in the
late 19th century.
This just tells you, how "history" is reflected and understood. We are biased by nature ... and only with time, when the "bias" dissipates. Will the
"real" history surface. 9/11 is one of these categories, and so is WWII, while WWI is mostly on the table ... and 9/11 is not going to emerge on the
surface, until years later. When it really doesn't matter anymore ... today, there is too much at stake, and there are too many people alive that
took part in it. Unknowing of the reality of the case ... and they have to be protected.
The truth, isn't really important today ...
edit on 14/9/2012 by bjarneorn because: (no reason given)