We can figure out who considers themselves a Christian if we see them in church. But Monday – Saturday, do they look or act any differently from the rest of society?
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world….Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love…Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us…If a man say, I love God, and hatter his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (I John 4:4-21)
This is not an arbitrary commandment. The foundation of a godly, i.e. righteous, peaceful relationship is, logically, sacrificing our self-righteous attitude of entitlement.
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation [lifestyle] his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3:6-18)
Yet if this were true, then why, when it came to the Native Americans, did concern over their human rights and equality seem to disappear?…
In the mid 1840’s the term “Manifest Destiny” took many a man up to calling for an unmistakable drive for American expansionism…Manifest Destiny retains its roots deep in Puritan John Winthrop’s belief and challenge to the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 17th century…“For we must consider that we shall be as a city set upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.” (Winthrop 1630) The charge to demonstrate Christian virtue and morality to all people can be closely linked to O’ Sullivan’s commentary on expansion as a way to achieve Winthrop’s goal. In his 1839 editorial in the Democratic Review, he states the following.
The far-reaching, the boundless future will be the era of American greatness. In its magnificent domain of space and time, the nation of many nations is destined to manifest to mankind the excellence of divine principles; to establish on earth the noblest temple ever dedicated to the worship of the Most High — the Sacred and the True….governed by God’s natural and moral law of equality, the law of brotherhood — of ‘peace and goodwill amongst men. (O’Sullivan 1845)…
What soon followed was the mass movement of hundreds of thousands of land-hungry white settlers across Native American lands. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into effect the Homestead Act, which gave 160 acres west of the Mississippi, to any man who was willing to farm it…
the United States government now had thousands of Indians that had no place to live. They also had nothing to eat, due to the mass slaughter of the buffalo, their main food supply, which was now valuable for their hides due to the massive demand in Europe. In order to facilitate all the Indians and the “promises” made in their treaties with the government, they began the Reservation System…
the reservations were usually hundreds of miles from where the Indians were accustomed to living…the long journeys that the Indians had to take in order to reach the reservations, in which many elderly, women and children perished…
In the 19th century the conditions of the reservations were deplorable. Disease, hunger and pneumonia were the chief killers amongst the reservation Indians. Hundreds died of diseases they had no names for, hunger due to the limited amounts of rations they were being given, and many froze to death, as no wood was given to the Indians, and the closest was, in most cases, miles away. Conditions have not changed in the 150 years. Still the Indians are without sufficient funds for food, heat or medicine. The government welfare checks that are provided to the Native Americans are, on average, barely enough to fill their propane-run heaters twice during the harsh winters on the reservations. The checks do not account for housing repairs either, as Native Americans are currently living in houses without roofs, doors or proper heating or air-conditioning. The houses that are provided are not maintained, and the Native Americans are not given money to do so themselves. With the casinos, most of the money they raise goes to education taxes for the state, which leaves very little profit for the Native Americans. States received $2.5 billion in taxes, regulatory payments and revenue sharing, resulting from state tribal gaming compacts.
Jobs are not guaranteed in the least. The average national unemployment rate for reservation Indians, is around 80 percent. Most of the revenue generated by the Indians, per annum, is less 62 percent less than the American average as of 2011. Thus, without sufficient income, the reservation Indians cannot afford food to last them longer than a few days at a time.
In mid-November 1890 President Benjamin Harrison responded to the fears of an Indian outbreak by ordering troops into the area…On the train was also a cadre of newspaper reporters. From that point on, the crisis at Pine Ridge was a significant news item in newspapers across the country and around the world.
Soon a regular fare of rumors and lies began to appear in the national press…In this manner, the press became an important factor in stoking the anxiety both on and off the reservation…
On December 23, the Miniconjous left their village in the dead of night and fled south toward the Badlands…on December 28, the Seventh Cavalry intercepted…the nervous troops began firing…the military’s rifle fire was complemented with cannon rounds from Hotchkiss guns, whose accuracy and exploding shells were formidable…a military-escorted civilian burial party…buried 146 Lakotas in a single mass grave. Other dead were accounted for later, bringing the total to more than 250 Lakotas; the Seventh Cavalry lost twenty-five men.
Photographers accompanied the burial detail and made a total of sixteen photographs…Wounded Knee became, and remains, the symbol of the inhumanity of U.S. government policy toward Native Americans.
Can we not see that the Americans’ conviction of superiority over other races and entitlement to others’ lands is absolutely equivalent to the Nazis?
Worse than simply being equivalent, the Native American genocide was the precursor to the Nazi Holocaust.
The Holocaust is the greatest crime in history, one that people remain desperate to understand. Germany’s plunge from the heights of civilization to the depths of barbarism is an everlasting shock…
Americans have an especially insatiable appetite for Nazi-themed books, films, television shows, documentaries, video games, and comic books. Stories of the Second World War console us with memories of the days…when the United States was the world’s good-hearted superpower, riding to the rescue of a Europe paralyzed by totalitarianism and appeasement. Yet an eerie continuity [of Nazism] became visible in the postwar years, as German scientists were imported to America…the resulting technologies of mass destruction exceeded Hitler’s darkest imaginings. The Nazis idolized many aspects of American society: the cult of sport, Hollywood production values, the mythology of the frontier. From boyhood on, Hitler devoured the Westerns of the popular German novelist Karl May. In 1928, Hitler remarked, approvingly, that white settlers in America had “gunned down the millions of redskins to a few hundred thousand.” When he spoke of Lebensraum, the German drive for “living space” in Eastern Europe, he often had America in mind.
Among recent books on Nazism, the one that may prove most disquieting for American readers is James Q. Whitman’s “Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law” (Princeton)…Whitman methodically explores how the Nazis took inspiration from American racism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He notes that, in “Mein Kampf,” Hitler praises America as the one state that has made progress toward a primarily racial conception of citizenship, by “excluding certain races from naturalization.” Whitman writes that the discussion of such influences is almost taboo, because the crimes of the Third Reich are commonly defined as “the nefandum, the unspeakable descent into what we often call ‘radical evil.’ ” But the kind of genocidal hatred that erupted in Germany had been seen before and has been seen since. Only by stripping away its national regalia and comprehending its essential human form do we have any hope of vanquishing it… [Emphasis added.]
World War II, which took place between September 1939 and September 1945, was the bloodiest conflict in human history. Though no exact casualty count for the war exists, it is thought that up to 85 million people were killed as a direct or indirect result of the conflict. The war involved all of the world’s great powers, and touched nearly every corner of the globe…
Hitler was able to ascend to power in Germany in part because he was successful in tapping the anger of the German people in response to the terms of their surrender in the First World War. The Treaty of Versaillescompelled Germany to give up large amounts of territory, and pay war reparations, which significantly damaged the German economy.
The economic ruin brought on by the Great Depression of the 1930s helped bring about the rise of many extremist movements in Europe, of which Nazism and fascism were just two.
And not just in Europe – in the United States as well.
In the America of the 1930s, pro-Hitler groups like The Friends of New Germany carried out propaganda and intimidation campaigns to disseminate the National Socialist agenda. Their members wore uniforms, consisting of a white shirt and black trousers for men, topped by a black hat with a red symbol. Female attire included a white blouse and a black skirt.
In 1936, the Amerikadeutscher Volksbund, or German American Bund, was created as “an organization of patriotic Americans of German stock.” They ran around 20 camps for youth and training, eventually establishing 70 regional divisions around the nation.
The ostensible goal of the German American Bund was to represent Americans of German descent but its true objective was to promote the views of Nazi Germany. The Bund played into the growing “America First” stance that sought to keep the U.S. out of World War 2, while amplifying its racist messages.
Credit: Library of CongressOne of the most astonishing events held by the Bund was the “Americanization” rally it held at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 20th, 1939. The event, attended by 20,000 people, consisted of railing against Jewish conspiracies, President Roosevelt and similar sentiment. While speaking, the leader (Bundesführer) of the organization, Fritz Julius Kuhn (a chemical engineer by trade), spewed anti-Semitism, calling the President “Frank D. Rosenfield” while describing his New Deal as a “Jew Deal”. He referred to the U.S government as a whole as “Bolshevik-Jewish” and kept attacking the press and American culture as being run by the Jews…
check out the Academy Award-nominated short documentary film A Night at the Garden:
Besides the rallies—there were many held throughout the ’30s—one of the main efforts to inculcate Nazi ideology in America took place in summer camps…
The camps had boys and girls from 8 to 18, most often the children or grandchildren of German immigrants. Nearly a quarter of all U.S. citizens was of German descent in the 1930s…
Along with usual activities you might find at a summer camp, the kids who attended were taught about Hitler’s racial ideas, dressed in Nazi-esque uniforms, practiced drills and addressed higher-ups with Hitler salutes.
In our current age of unapologetic racism and resurgent authoritarianism, the mechanics of Hitler’s rise are a particularly pressing matter.
We are now over 50 years into the development of the Great Society and the War on Poverty. It is time to take stock in these programs from an objective and evidence-based perspective. When one does that, it is not only clear that the programs have been a failure, but also that they have disproportionately impacted the black community in the United States. The current state of dysfunction in the black community (astronomically high crime rates, very low rates of home ownership and single motherhood as the norm) are not the natural state of the black community in the United States, but closely tied to the role that social welfare programs play.Or as Dr. Thomas Sowell stated:
“If we wanted to be serious about evidence, we might compare where blacks stood a hundred years after the end of slavery with where they stood after 30 years of the liberal welfare state. In other words, we could compare hard evidence on “the legacy of slavery” with hard evidence on the legacy of liberals…”
The biggest problem resulting from the Great Society is the breakdown of the black family. This is a sensitive subject, but one that must be broached to fully understand the devastating impact that the Great Society has had on the black community in the United States.
When we review America’s racism we discover that not only is there the unapologetic White Supremacist side, there is an insidious side that poses as a savior but is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
In 1965, when the Great Society began in earnest following the massive electoral landslide reelection of LBJ, the out-of-wedlock birthrate among the black community was 21 percent. By 2017, this figure had risen to a whopping 77 percent…with most of the unwed mothers being teenagers. We have documented extensively…the negative effects of the single-parent household on child development and outcomes. The black community is now entering its third generation of single parenthood as the norm, something that rose astronomically with the advent of the Great Society…
black women were more likely to be married than white women as late as 1950…In the 1950s, 52 percent of all black children lived with both parents until the age of 17. By the 1980s, that number had plummeted to 6 percent…
Among married black families, the poverty rate is 8 percent. Among black households headed by a single mother, that rate jumps to 37 percent.
There is no better predictor of male criminality than being raised in a fatherless home. 70 percent of all juvenile offenders in state reform institutions were raised in fatherless homes. This includes 60 percent of all rapists, 72 percent of all murderers, and 70 percent of long-term inmates…
Data provided by every census between 1890 and 1954 shows that black Americans were just as active – and sometimes more – in the labor market than their white counterparts. In 1900, for example, black unemployment was 15 percent lower than white unemployment. In 2017, it was 30 percent higher.
If the conventional narrative on black American poverty and general social dysfunction were correct – that this was caused by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and private discrimination – wouldn’t we expect to see a decline in black unemployment rather than the opposite?…
By 1920, there were tens of thousands of black businesses in the United States…
This concept was known as “double duty dollars.” The idea is that money spent at black businesses not only purchased goods for the consumer, but also played a role in advancing the black race in America. This, and not government handouts, was seen as the primary means of achieving, if not a perfect equality with whites, a social parity with them… [Emphasis added.]
national businesses tended to ignore the black market entirely. This, however, began to change in the 1950s…National businesses simply saw that there was an emerging black middle class with money to spend and didn’t want to get cut out of the market.
Today, black business ownership is in a state of “collapse” according to Marketplace.org…
Another area where the impact of Great Society policies is seen is in statistics on black homeownership. The black homeownership rate is basically the same today as it was 50 years ago. There was a spike in black homeownership during the Bush years. However, these were largely a function of subprime mortgages being given out to people who couldn’t really afford them.
It’s difficult to ignore that black Americans vote overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party, who champion the policies of the Great Society, which have largely destroyed the black family and black civil society. Why is this?
There are a number of factors in play here. First, the Democratic Party has little incentive to provide innovative solutions for such a loyal voter bloc…
The flip side of this is that there is not much incentive on the part of Republicans to court black voters…This is simple math: A large increase in the black vote doesn’t represent a whole lot of votes, but a minor increase in the white vote moves the needle significantly…Spiking the rural white vote to record levels while effectively ignoring all other voting blocs is what delivered Donald Trump the presidency.
The point here is that neither party is incentivized to offer solutions to black Americans…
Whatever the way forward is, one thing is clear: Social welfare programs ostensibly designed to help the black community have done little more than put the boot of government on the neck of black Americans.
Whether South or North, Democrat or Republican, America has not followed a godly path to a peaceful and productive society. The Christians who were fortunate to be born into status, wealth, opportunity, AKA Caucasian colonialists of the United States of America and Europe, don’t want to be equalized with impoverished peoples from colonized lands. We want to maintain our privileged lifestyle at their expense.
This aspect of Antichrist’s modus operandi is so very, very important that it is well worth digging in here to “get it”. Where-ever you find the highest achievements in the arts and sciences is where you will find Antichrist’s center of operations. I will, as others have, allegorize Babylon with Berlin, the capitol of the world in the 1920’s, as rich in crime as it was in culture.
As you read the historical record of Berlin in its prime, realize that this also describes Nimrod’s Babylon. The power brokers in Berlin were struggling to reclaim the glory of the pre-war empire that was destroyed in the catastrophe of WWI. The power brokers in Babylon were struggling to revive the glory of the pre-flood empire that was destroyed in the catastrophe of the flood. Both were successful. Also as you read, file away for future examination the parallels between Berlin society and our own.
Germany, and Berlin in particular, was fertile ground for intellectuals, artists,and innovators from many fields during the Weimar Republic years...[between the two wars] Nine German citizens were awarded Nobel prizes during the Weimar Republic, five of whom were Jewish scientists, including two in medicine. Jewish intellectuals and creative professionals were among the prominent figures in many areas of Weimar culture…. With the rise of Nazismand the ascent to power of Adolf Hitlerin 1933, many German intellectuals and cultural figures, both Jewish and non-Jewish, fled Germany for the United States [don’t miss that]…Remarkable for the way it emerged from a catastrophe, more remarkable for the way it vanished into a still greater catastrophe, the world of Weimar representsmodernism in its most vivid manifestation…By 1919, an “influx” of labor had migrated toBerlin turning it into one of the most fertile grounds for the modern arts and sciences in history…Many foundational contributions to quantum mechanicswere made in Weimar Germany or by German scientists during the Weimar period. While temporarily at the University of Copenhagen, German physicistWerner Heisenberg formulated his Uncertainty principle, and, withMax Born and Pascual Jordan, accomplished the first complete and correct definition of quantum mechanics, through the invention ofMatrix mechanics…Albert Einstein rose to public prominence during his years in Berlin, being awarded theNobel Prize for Physics in 1921. He was forced to flee Germany and the Nazi regime in 1933…Physician Magnus Hirschfeldestablished theInstitut für Sexualwissenschaft (Institute for Sexology) in 1919…Hirschfeld…was a vocal advocate for homosexual, bisexual, and transgender legal rights for men and women, repeatedly petitioning parliament for legal changes…Philosopher Rudolf Steiner, like Diefenbach, was a follower of Theosophy. Steiner had an enormous influence on thealternative health movement before his death in 1925 and far beyond…The integration of spirituality and homeopathy is controversial…Steiner was also an early proponent oforganic agriculture, in the form of a holisticconcept later called biodynamic agriculture…Prostitution rose in Berlin and elsewhere in the areas of Europe left ravaged by World War I. This means of survival for desperate women, and sometimes men, became normalized to a degree in the 1920s. During the war, venereal diseases such assyphilis andgonorrheaspread at a rate that warranted government attention…Crime in general developed in parallel with prostitution in the city…Berlin eventually acquired a reputation as a hub of drug dealing (cocaine, heroin, tranquilizers) and the black market. The police identified 62 organized criminal gangs in Berlin, calledRingvereine...Apart from the new tolerance for behaviour that was technically still illegal, and viewed by a large part of society as immoral, there were other developments in Berlin culture that shocked many visitors to the city. Thrill-seekers came to the city in search of…Berlin’s erotic night entertainment venues. There were an estimated 500 such establishments, that included a large number of homosexual venues for men and for lesbians; sometimes transvestites of one or both genders were admitted…There were also several nudist venues…Artists in Berlin became fused with the city’s underground culture as the borders between cabaret and legitimate theatre blurred…While a large part of the population continued to struggle with high unemployment and deprivations in the aftermath of World War I, the upper class of society, and a growing middle class, gradually rediscovered prosperity and turned Berlin into a cosmopolitan city.
When we understand that Babylon was not just a glorious manifestation of humanistic triumphs by godless egomaniacs, but also a vile pit of despair for the people enslaved by those power-addicted psychopaths, we can understand our characters’ motivations and relationships with each other as they joined forces with competing power-driven and death-dealing entities. With this in mind, in the context of the Cold War with the Communists, reconsider President Kennedy’s famous speech to Germans with its even more famous closing statement “I am a Berliner.”
“The relationship between the U.S. and Germany in the 1930s is very complicated and multilayered.. “While the Congress was committed to non-interventionism, the financial and corporate sector had lots of interests in Germany. A bunch of American companies like IBM [and] Coca Cola had large investments in Germany in the 1930s, and a number of them invested more heavily in Germany after Hitler came to power…”
Some American businesses wanted to do business in Nazi Germany and some individual Americans did have a good impression of Hitler and felt as if he shared their values. These American Nazi groups went underground after Pearl Harbor, only to re-emerge after the war—and some are still thriving today…
“The America First movement was very much a pro-Nazi movement, and it was those people who said we should have a great relationship with Hitler. A contingent wanted America to remain neutral only so long as Hitler was able to rearm Germany, conquer Europe and then they wanted Hitler to conquer America or be part of an alliance with Germany.”
From our 21st-century point of view, it is hard to imagine World War II without the United States as a major participant. Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, however, Americans were seriously divided over what the role of the United States in the war should be, or if it should even have a role at all. Even as the war consumed large portions of Europe and Asia in the late 1930s and early 1940s, there was no clear consensus on how the United States should respond.
The US ambivalence about the war grew out of the isolationist sentiment that had long been a part of the American political landscape and had pervaded the nation since World War I. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were either killed or wounded during that conflict, and President Woodrow Wilson’s idealistic plan to ensure permanent peace through international cooperation and American leadership failed to become a reality. Many Americans were disillusioned by how little their efforts had accomplished and felt that getting so deeply involved on the global stage in 1917 had been a mistake.
Neither the rise of Adolf Hitler to power nor the escalation of Japanese expansionism did much to change the nation’s isolationist mood in the 1930s….
Isolationists believed that World War II was ultimately a dispute between foreign nations and that the United States had no good reason to get involved. The best policy, they claimed, was for the United States to build up its own defenses and avoid antagonizing either side. Neutrality, combined with the power of the US military and the protection of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, would keep Americans safe while the Europeans sorted out their own problems…Speaking in 1941 of an “independent American destiny,” [aviator Charles] Lindbergh asserted that the United States ought to fight any nation that attempted to meddle in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere. However, he argued, American soldiers ought not to have to “fight everybody in the world who prefers some other system of life to ours.”
Interventionists believed the United States did have good reasons to get involved in World War II, particularly in Europe. The democracies of Western Europe, they argued, were a critical line of defense against Hitler’s fast-growing strength…William Allen White, Chairman of an interventionist organization called the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, reassured his listeners that the point of helping Britain was to keep the United States out of the war. “If I were making a motto for [this] Committee,” he said, “it would be ‘The Yanks Are Not Coming.’”
We can reframe America’s involvement in WWI from being the hero in the white hat who saved democracy to being the fifth column that saved autocracy in a number of surreptitious strategies.
- Militarizing the research and development and production of industry and mindset of the American people to produce massive amounts of armaments, despite insistence that American was neutral.
President Roosevelt on September 2, 1940 swapped 50…American destroyers, which the British badly needed, for 99-year leases on bases in British islands and coastal possessions in the Caribbean…Bermuda and Newfoundland…
In January 1942…President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the establishment of the War Production Board. Its purpose was to convert the factories of peacetime industries into manufacturing plants for weapons and military equipment for the fight.
While these weapons were publicized as being used to fight the Nazis, American powerbrokers actively supported the Nazis’ rise to power while leaning far enough to the side of the then-most powerful world agency – the British Empire – to come out on the winning side regardless of who won.
As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz comes and goes, the long-controversial links between American industrialists and the rise of the Nazi regime have become clearer, thanks to recently uncovered documents.
The ties between Hitler’s Nazis and American businessmen such as Henry Ford, Averell Harriman, and Senator Prescott Bush, the father of George HW Bush, have long been cited in lawsuits filed by Holocaust survivors seeking compensation for their suffering. The late Senator Prescott Bush’s German assets were seized in 1942 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Trading with the Enemy Act, which also carried prison penalties which Bush escaped.
Historical scholarship over the last decade shows that Bush was deeply enmeshed in business which was vital to the rise of Nazi Germany, and almost certainly knew that his profits were driven by slave labor…The American companies were heavily involved in German business during Hitler’s rise between 1933, when Adolf Hitler consolidated dictatorial powers…through the 1939 invasion of Poland, and even after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war upon Germany by the United States. Many say that the German “economic miracle” in fact was built on the slave laborof Jews, Poles, and other “undesirables” under the Nazi regime…
During World War II, about 12 million people were kidnapped from their homes across Europe and beyond and forced to work for the Nazi regime in Germany. The slaves were not only put to work in camps, the most infamous of applications of forced labor, but in all areas of German industry…
At one point fully 20% of the German workforce was slave labor from foreign countries, German Jews, and other “undesirables.” Often, the forced laborers were simply worked to death , to spare the expense of housing and feeding.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration did not seize Prescott Bush’s assets affiliated with Thyssen, the German industrial giant, until 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act. This means that between 1939, when massive numbers of Jewish and Polish slave laborers were being rounded up, and 1942, when Bush had his German assets seized, Prescott Bush was fully involved in the German economy during the worst of the slave labor regime, and profiting by it.
- Putting boots on the ground only as a response to Germany’s declaration of war and the need to protect vital Atlantic shipping lanes.
Despite the big show about the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of Iwo Jima, the United States didn’t risk American lives, other than in transporting supplies – for profit – to its allies, until forced by Germany’s declaration of war on the heels of Japan’s declaration.
According to the Russian government:
The most important thing to keep in mind about the Second World War is that it was a fundamentally Soviet-German war…Hitler’s war machines were smashed up by the Red Army, fundamentally, it was the Soviet Union that won the Second World War…I’ve argued that it’s possible that the Soviet Union could have won the war on its own without the West… Of course Western politicians have an invested interest in downplaying the Soviet role and, of course, Russia’s role in the war, particularly in this present conjuncture where Russian-Western relations are in such a bad state.
You may patriotically consider the Russians to be propagating the propaganda, but according to statistics, the Russians are right. They certainly refused to surrender and continued to oppose the Nazis under the most dire conditions.
Data show that the now-defunct Soviet Union had the highest number of WWII casualties. By far. As many as 27 million people died. Broken down…
- up to 11.4 million military deaths,
- up to 10 million civilian deaths due to military activity,
- an additional 8 million to 9 million deaths due to famine and disease.
- More than 14 million members of the Soviet Union’s military were wounded as a result of the war…
United States: Approximate 419,400 [military deaths, and very few civilian.]
At the very moment his troops were being decimated on the outskirts of Moscow in early December 1941, Adolf Hitler’s attention was riveted elsewhere. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes had attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The next day, responding to the devastating air raid which killed over 2,400 American sailors and wounded another thousand, the United States declared war on Japan.
This had enormous implications for Hitler…
With the United States reeling from the Pearl Harbor attack, Hitler calculated, the bulk of America’s naval power would surely be diverted to the South Pacific, away from Europe, thereby leaving the Atlantic shipping lanes vulnerable…
All things considered, therefore, a declaration of war against the U.S. appeared to be best move…
The American reaction was swift. That day, the United States Congress declared war on Germany…
For Hitler, declaring war on America would prove to be his biggest political mistake of the war – a truly lethal blunder…The Führer now had to contend with three principal opponents – America, Britain and Russia – whose combined reservoir of manpower and total war production capacity dwarfed Nazi Germany – at a time when Germany had already lost a quarter of all troops and many thousands of tanks and planes on the Russian Front.
Even worse, Hitler had foolishly joined Japan’s war against America with absolutely no guarantee from the Japanese they would join his war against Russia. And they didn’t. This allowed the Russians to transfer 30 well-trained Siberian divisions away from Japanese-threatened areas in southeastern Russia to the opposite side of the country, where they blasted away at the beleaguered Germans outside Moscow.
Ending Western Hemispheric isolation and establishing permanent involvement in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.