As the War on Terror appears to be winding down, the Military Industrial Complex we were warned about has found, or manufactured, yet another boogieman for the world to turn its attention to.
In a move strangely reminiscent of the Anschluss in 1938, Vladimir Putin is producing a remarkable restaging of the years leading up to the Second World War, casting himself in the "(Anti-) Hero" role.
An interesting thought though; perhaps what is happening is History rewinding itself. Throughout the Twentieth Century, a wave of progressive-socialism has overtaken countries. In some like Germany and Italy, it was a bloody coup overthrowing the more conservative government forces, in other places like France and England it was a reactionary adjustment to the chaos of the time by imposing more and stricter Government controls on the people. In every case though, the Government forces ripped personal freedoms from the people "for their own good".
Perhaps, what we are seeing is a "Historic Backlash" like a rubber band pulled taught, History is snapping back to a time before the Progressive-Socialists seized power. The negative side to this is that the Twentieth Century was arguably one of the deadliest and most destructive times in human history. On the plus side it would mean a more free and independent future, at least until the mind control forces of Socialism attempt to regulate our freedoms away again.
What I hope is that this Science Fiction Rewind doesn't happen. I would hate to live through the cold war again, I'm sure my parents generation would rather pass on a retelling of Vietnam and Korea, and I have no doubt that the survivors of the World Wars could happily do without that horror show again. This time let us learn from History, appeasement does not work.
Never in History has a bully stopped their abusive behavior due to the wagged fingers of the people they were abusing. Thugs understand only power, the power they wield, and the power used against them. Hitler would not have stopped, had the Allied Nations not forced him to. Napoleon would have happily marched across the length and breadth of
and into Russia,
but for Waterloo and the thousands
that gave their lives both before and after. We attempted a bargain with the
Devil in 1938, when Neville Chamberlain declared "Peace for our time"
after meeting with Hitler and getting his solemn promise that he would not
invade anyone. Little did Chamberlain know, at the time that Hitler's promise
was only as strong as the Army that stood against him.
Let us try not to make the same stupid mistake this time with Putin...