Sunday, December 19, 2004

Erich's Internet Emporium of Interesting Historical Tidbits

I did some high school history teaching, and it was my college major, so maybe that is why I am interested (I mean other than the fact that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it :-). I tune in at every opportunity for Erich's mini-history lessons. Today's I particularly liked, because it presents an aspect of truth-telling that is rare in the context I come from. Link that to the fact that i think such truth-telling is foundational to True Worship, and you have a post worth re-posting. Anyway, check it out. This guy is all about balance. I seriously wish I could have long talks over beers with him...

World War II has often been called "the last good war." It is so termed because it seems that the good guys and bad guys in this war were obvious. The Nazis and the Japanese were militarily aggressive and, in retrospect, had clear genocidal tendencies (at least the Germans). In addition to that, the Germans and the Japanese seemed to dismiss out of hand any of the rules of war. The terror bombing of Warsaw and Rotterdam associated with the Nazi blitzkrieg tactics clearly displayed Hitler's lack of distinction between civilian and military targets. How could these not be the bad guys?

Well, clearly they were, but the good guys weren't always as good as post-war mythology was apt to say.


Read the rest here.

2 comments:

Erich said...

Thanks for the link! As to the beers thing, I was a late-comer to drinking and never got used to beer. Wine, though...

Anyway, as I said before, maybe if I come to Japan or you end up in Minnesota (or Moscow).

JJ said...

Well you know, next year Expo 2005 is on 5 minutes from my house, and it'll be a good time to check out Japan...

On the other hand, I am home next summer, and might have to come down and check out a twins game or something...