Winning Without Victory
a political and romantic fiction novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 3 of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

Page 203
Chapter 14 - Drilling Holes into Sophistry

      "It appears that the final challenge under the cloak of secrecy, was to obscure the radar sightings of the approaching attack planes," said Steve. "Apparently they managed that too. Since Hawaii had been kept in the dark about the impending attack, it was easy to obscure the sightings under a barrage of excuses. The radar operators saw the approaching attack aircraft 140 miles away. They saw them coming closer and closer; 100 miles, 80, 60, 40, 20! Even then, the American planes were kept on the ground until it was too late. The bottom line appears to be that this catastrophe didn't just happen out of the blue. It was invited, provoked, nursed along, and protected, and then allowed to happen. Somebody set this thing up, and a lot of people covered it up all along the way. It is difficult to know of course who knew what, when, and how much. Nor does it really matter. What happened is totally foreign to American culture and what America stands for as a nation, while it is totally native to the imperial world and its mode of operation. America had begun to allow itself to become imperialized."

      Here Steve paused and looked away. "Of course, conspiracies are easy to weave. All the interlocked details might have had no connection with each other," said Steve. "But when huge forces are at play and the sophistry becomes established that the survival of your nation is potentially at risk, rationality goes out the window and fear and corruptibility comes into play and shapes the theatre of events. Then all kinds of things can happen that normally would be impossible. Obviously, when the goal is to force a big resolve onto a peace-seeking nation, to go to war, one needs a massive outrage in the population to get this resolve, and for that a huge sacrifice is required to get the nation on its feet," said Steve almost inaudibly. "That's how America got into the war. But did we win it, Tony? Did we win? History tells us that we did. If America hadn't entered the war in a big way nobody would have stopped Hitler. Hitler would likely have captured the world. Civilization would have ended. We would all be shouting Heil Hitler today. America appears to have saved the world to save itself. Of course it is hard to tell what would have been had things been different. Nor could anyone foretell the future then, when the decision had been made, by whoever did it, to get the USA into the war as quickly as possible. Still, the question remains, did they make the right choice? Could other paths have led to the needed result? It appears that no one can answer that question with any degree of certainty. It appears however, that by the nature of the choice that was made, America was on the road of loosing the war, the very war that it needed to get into, to save itself."

      Steve paused again. "America probably began loosing World War II already as early as 1940, long before it officially entered the war, Tony," said Steve quietly. "When America began to bait Japan with Pearle Harbor, America began to let go its goal to achieve victory over fascism, and became fascist itself. This tells me that the entire Pearl Harbor project, was a typical empire project, carried out by the worldwide network of stooges of the British Empire, which itself ran the entire show and enforced the secrecy.  From that day that Japan was baited with an easy catch in Pearl Harbor, the course to loosing the final victory was established. A fascist plan had been put in control. The American leadership had made a pact with the devil, creating one final mistaken alliance of opposites. It had embraced fascism in order to fight fascism.

      "Our coveted victory over fascism was eventually fully pushed out of sight with the events of the 7th of December 1941 that involved the intentional sacrifice of our own people. Yes, the events of the day mobilized the whole of America, but it was wrought by the slaughtering of 2,400 soldiers and sailors. For more than a year forces in America had been working towards this goal. The plan to stage this catastrophe could have been aborted even in the last hour, but it wasn't. It was allowed to sequence on. Fascism already ruled us from within. Of the sailors that were sacrificed that day 1,300 died when the battleship Arizona exploded. Another 1,100 people were wounded that day. America's leaders, whoever they were, had closed their eyes and let it happen. And the nation went to hell from there.

      "Apparently this kind of sacrifice became an official strategy. It even saved the day once in the great Battle of Midway half a year after Pearl Harbor. The Midway Islands naval station was our farthest Pacific outpost, a tiny speck at the end of the Hawaiian ridge, fifteen hundred miles west from Honolulu. The Japanese Navy came to Midway with six aircraft carriers and a huge armada of battle ships and destroyers to rout us from the Islands. We had little to defend ourselves with. We had only three carriers. One of them was barely seaworthy. We had no battle ships and only a few lesser ships and submarines. We were superior only in aircraft. Thus we sacrificed 32 torpedo bombers without a fighter escort to draw out the Japanese, to draw them away from their carriers. Once they were on their way we came in from behind to pound the undefended fleet with dive-bombers. We destroyed three carriers that day and damaged a fourth, enough to convince the Japanese to withdraw. The three-hour event turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. The Battle of Midway might have been the biggest naval battle in history, involving more than 600 aircraft and well over 100 ships. Its outcome enabled the defeat of Japan. The entire war in the Pacific was eventually won on the stage of those huge sacrifices, when men were sent to their death to serve as bait. Of the 32 torpedo bombers only 6 survived. The sacrifice of these people's lives was deemed a brilliant strategic achievement, and the outcome seems to prove it. But was it really a success worth celebrating. Or was it just the outcome of a growing reliance on sacrificing human beings in the strategic game? The sacrifice should not have been necessary. The fact that the sacrifices were deemed necessary tells us that we had stepped another step further away from the victory over fascism, that we were seeking, to save our civilization. The Battle of Midway might well be counted one day as yet another battle that we won, for which we lost our path to victory. That's a tough one to face, isn't it?

      "After America's leadership has been rolling down the track on this slow moving train to hell for another four full years, America had become the world-pioneer in sacrificing defenseless people for ever-weaker reasons. We became the pioneers in the art of saturation firebombing and then atomic bombing. Fascism had darkened our hearts and filled them with inhumanity and hatred, and evermore lies. The firebombing of Japan is said to have been inspired by revenge for Pearl Harbor. But if it was that, the revenge was itself a cover-up for an atrocity that we invited, encouraged, and then lifted not a finger to prevent it. In the rage of this hatred based on lies we became mass-killers. City after city was burned with our firestorm of unimaginable ferocity. For every American person that was killed in Pearl Harbor we burned a thousand alive in our firestorms, and not just in Japan. In the city of Hamburg, in Germany, we burned 50,000 people to death in a single operation spread across six days. We bombed this dying city 69 times in the course of the war. We created firestorms within it with the velocity of hurricanes and with temperatures hot enough to melt steel. We destroyed 250,000 houses and left a million homeless. And that was only one city. That is proof that America had lost the war. We lost our humanity, and we didn't defeat fascism.

      "The whole world had lost that war for similar reasons," said Steve. "We didn't fight fascism, we embraced it and became its servants. The victory in this war was on the site of fascism. Fascism prevailed. It became a global 'empire,' slightly different than it had been intended, but a global force nevertheless. And the sacrifices continue to be made. I don't think that anybody knows the final tally of people killed in World War II, and who did the killing, because the killing still continues. Indeed how can anyone really measure the scope of insanity that flows from the wave of killing when the murder of a single human being is already an infinite crime? So, I say we have a huge debt to repay to mankind, and a long way to go to get started with it. We have a humanist obligation to heal the terrorist mentality that we spread like a disease across mankind, beginning with the fire-bombing in World War II, followed up by the atomic bombing, and the Cold War terror, followed in turn by the Islamic terror that we set in motion with the Arc of Crisis policy, and that in addition to the racial terror, the economic terror, and our modern military terror. Wherever there has been mass killing going on, and war, and genocide, economic and otherwise, you can bet that American hands are involved in some form. We have destroyed the image of mankind to the point that people don't see the humanity of mankind anymore, and we see little of it in America, too. For healing this wound, we have to uplift ourselves from the sewer of the Palmerston crowd that represents this inhumanity, and then rebuild our humanity on the basis of the Principle of Universal Love. This has to be done, Tony, and it has to be done in a concrete fashion. The time for mere words and ideological ranting is over. The time for active loving has come - for love becoming manifest in enriching the world for human beings. People have been burned, looted, and dragged into the mud for far too long, Tony. Building houses for people to live in as human beings, giving them a chance to get out of the gutter and the slums of Palmerston's world, is a reasonable start I think, considering the huge debt we owe to humanity to rebuild the human image that we've done so much to tear down."

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