“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” (Matthew 24:6, NIV)
If you asked a cross section of Americans when World War II began, out of those who could provide an intelligent answer at all, many would say that it began on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, or on the following day, when the United States declared war on the Axis powers.
Both answers would be wrong, however, as these only represent the direct catalyst for America’s entry into the war, and the day it formalized that action, respectively.
If you asked a Manchurian when World War II began, his answer might reflect what the history books say concerning Japan’s invasion of Manchuria in September of 1931, nearly ten years before America entered the war. The Chinese would likely tell you that the war began in July of 1937, when Japan invaded China. An Ethiopian might hold that the war began in October of 1935, when Italy invaded Ethiopia. Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Albanians and those in Scandinavian nations would provide still different answers, all substantially predating America’s entry into World War II.
Similarly, altogether too many Americans would be likely to cite the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 as the start of hostilities in the American Civil War; a gross misrepresentation of the historical record to be sure, since the war had been going on for two years at that point.
Even if one cites the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 (he was inaugurated in March of 1861) or the secession of the Southern States beginning in January of 1861 as the beginning of that conflict, historians who do not hold that slavery was the primary basis for the Civil War maintain that causes and conditions going back decades prior set the stage for that war, and indeed made it practically inevitable.
In both cases, it is evident that war had broken out long before open hostilities became commonplace.
While the same might be said for countless other conflicts familiar to Americans, World War II and the Civil War are germane to this discussion because I believe it is likely that in the not-so-distant future, historians and Americans (assuming there are still any of the latter around) will engage in deep discussions concerning how the United States was able to fight a world war (World War III, presumably) while a civil war (the “Second Civil War,” perhaps) also raged within its borders.
There’s little doubt that for many WWII-era Americans, the war was not “real” until Pearl Harbor. Although the U.S. has been fighting on and off in the Middle East theater since the 1990s, Americans are unlikely to plant the “WWIII Started Here” landmark until the next large-scale, catastrophic attack on their homeland, perhaps one involving nuclear weapons or a conventional attack by a nation state.
The argument for World War III having already begun is certainly plausible, and I’m not the first to postulate this. America under Barack Hussein Obama has been singularly responsible for the collapse of governments and/or war breaking out in Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia and a host of African nations whose Muslim populations took a cue from the White House-catalyzed Arab Spring. Europe is being invaded by millions of Muslims; the fact that most of their number arrive sans weaponry appears to be moot from a tactical standpoint.
In objective terms, it’s easy to see how nations around the globe might see the U.S. as an analogue to Germany in the 1930s, whether or not these nations have been directly affected by the actions of our current government.
The determination of how and when America “officially” enters World War III will be a function of the same elusive factors that determine when we realize that we’re already fighting a civil war. For example, the establishment press, acting as propagandists for the Orwellian doctrine of the radical left and national socialists, will continue to exacerbate the lack of clarity on a wide range of issues, whether it’s the qualification of full-term unborn babies as human beings, the deleterious effect of societies embracing sexual deviance and libertinism, or the question of whether or not Islamists, who have sworn to destroy America, are indeed acting in that modality when they carry out terrorist attacks on our soil, behead co-workers, or murder police officers.
This sort of obfuscation will only prolong our collective denial and forestall prudent action to our peril.
Christianity is under siege in America by the radical left, the government and homofascists. Individuals from among some of these groups routinely call for everything from the complete disenfranchisement to the systematic murder of Christians. Last week, a daytime television talk show host called for federal forces to summarily execute activists in Oregon who were protesting government overreach in land disputes and the federal persecution of ranchers in the Southwest. Young black Americans have been methodically conditioned to believe that due to institutional racism, their lot in life is little better than it might have been in the 1930s, and criminal illegal aliens from various Third World regions have effectively been granted protected status by our government.
While incidents of violence surrounding these domestic issues has been minimal thus far, the current administration has already proved through subterfuge and covert operations in other nations that the lines between domestic tension, civil unrest and civil war can be crossed very quickly.
If in the near future America should find herself embroiled in a full-scale civil war while simultaneously engaged in a global conflict of unprecedented scope, it will be quite clear in retrospect that both became inevitable a long time ago.
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