[Marxism] Re: Pearl Harbor, etc - query
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 12 07:55:15 MDT 2005
>I'm broadly on Lou's side of this debate, but I won't rehash it. I'm
>writing to ask a question which this thread brings to mind: a year or
>two ago we had a post here about a book highly critical about the
>American/allied side in WW2 as a whole. The author didn't go as far as
>I'd go -- I have a pretty total "defeatist" position -- but I thought it
>sounded really informative. Could anyone remind me of the details?
"Saving Private Power" is the most provocative history of the "Good War"
ever published. It questions the ultra-patriotic assumptions we have been
taught since birth.
The U.S. did not enter WWII to end the Holocaust, to make the world a safer
place, or to stop fascism. The opposite is true. The U.S. business class
traded with Hitler and Mussolini up to and even during the war. Henry Ford
and Charles Lindbergh's public Hitlerphilia were symbolic of big business's
admiration for Hitler's anticommunism.
Using techniques gleaned from modern advertising, the U.S. Office of War
Information injected anti-Japanese bloodlust and hysteria into the
population. When the U.S. killed 672,000 Japanese through indiscriminate
bombing, even Secretary of War Henry Stimson wondered why "there has never
been a protest over...such extraordinarily heavy loss of life. There is
something wrong with a country where no one questions that."
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Tom Brokaw's The
Greatest Generation are cashing in on the revived interest in World War II.
But time's up for the trafficers of cheap nostalgia. The media elite have
sold us the myth about the U.S.'s noble role in the "Good War" for too long
and the facade is beginning to crack. The recent release of John Cornwell's
Hitler's Pope is only the beginning. Saving Private Power digs deeper, to
find the truth about the this war and the world it left in its wake.
From the Author:
Kurt Vonnegut has come up with as exemplary a rationalization as I've ever
heard for being a writer: "Many people desperately need to receive this
message: 'I feel and think as much as you do, care about many things you
care about, although most people don't care about them. You are not
alone.'" I wrote Saving Private Power to tell the truth and to challenge a
powerful myth in the hope this act could expose the fragility of all myths.
However, I could never discount those small, yet uncommon moments made
imaginable because Soft Skull Press took a chance on me. Indeed, I've
learned, I am not alone.
The publication of Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of "The Good
War" has made possible many remarkable moments for me. From seeing the book
adopted for course work in a couple of US colleges to having my work
compared to the likes of Chomsky, Zinn, and Galeano, this has been a
singular experience. I've given several talks, reached many more people on
the radio, and been invited to contribute an article to the new
Disinformation book, You Are Being Lied To. Just a few years ago, I might
have opened a book like that and moaned to my wife that I should have been
included in it. I may have scanned through the Brecht Forum catalog and
daydreamed of giving my own talk there or switched on WBAI and wished I had
the chance to speak my mind or walked past Revolution Books and imagined it
was my book in the window.
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