Actually I was being facetious about the wonderful part. Yes, there is much truth in what you say but their are sometimes noble and rightous reasons for war that you seem to either entirely overlook or simply aren’t interested in acknowledging. For instance the foundation of American Civil War was indeed slavery, although you are quite right that average Whites in the North didn’t care any more about freeing the slaves than those in the South. Tribal impulses are always strong in any generation.

Still, the abolitionist movement was a powerful driver of the war for the North wanting to totally defeat the South and destroy slavery, some because of economic reasons and some because they saw slavery as an embarrassment to the Declaration of independence and some just because they thought it was the right thing to do.

Outside of the fact that you seem to want to prove that EVERYTHING is bullshit, I don’t quite understant what you are going for. I have read hundreds of wonderful military narratives, each one trying hard to get at the truth, without the slightest interest in seeking some sort of coverup.

And because truth has so many sides someone is always going to be unhappy with one version of history or the other. On the other hand I have written articles in a mood similar to you, where I have tried to dispel certain common myths such as if D day had initially turned out to be a disaster the war could have been lost — pure silliness.

Actually WWII was an industrial war. Individual battles meant little. As long as one side, the Allies, could vastly out produce the other, the Axis powers, in ships, planes and tanks and oil, victory was a forgone conclusion.

Besides by 1944 the vast manpower of the Soviet Union by was badly grinding up the Nazi Army on the eastern front, while British and American bombers were seriously beginning to turn German cities and industries into wastelands. This is not even considering that the US would soon hold the ultimate ace card — the atom bomb. No contest.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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