It was only logical and right, therefore, that when Hitler challenged the world's concepts of human dignity and the security of the individuals as well as societies by waging World War Two against them--to spread his "systematic racism" of the Nazi political machine--Canada and the United States, while still struggling to determine and establish what is right for one and for all in their own homelands, accepted the gauntlet thrust upon their peoples and went to war.
The ancestors of the British and French, as well as the Italians, the Polish, the Chinese, the Ukrainians, the native peoples, and all the other ethnic roots the new societies had drawn upon to create their "New World", bonded together to fight for not only the freedom of their new dreams but also the freedom, security, and dignity of their roots.
Clarifying the Allied aspirations and objectives in fighting the Nazis (and their partners), on January 6, 1941 U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt* stated:
"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want--everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear...anywhere in the world."
Forty million people died a generation ago because of this system denying such freedoms to
individuals because of their skin colours or their chosen religious faiths--or because to
others than the Nazis, such discrimination was not tolerable.
And from the ashes of the world's last epic military struggle, there was begun a truly "New World"--beyond the borders of the Americas which historians had last regarded as this achievable haven for the hopes of all humanity.
This is not to say that the war itself provided the hopes.
Just as this "New World" is a human digest of history's lessons in the development of
understanding, tolerance, and respect for these and all fundamental and essential human
freedoms, so too it is a continuously changing panorama of the pain, the scars, and the
healing processes that have followed mankind's most serious mistake and weakness: that
still some of us don't realize that those are the fruits of victory in war that endure the
And the pain and the scars from the killing compound themselves and have been regrettably established in many cases as "traditions" to be passed down from parent to child--continuing the vicious historic cycle until the dog finds itself eating its own tail: brothers and sisters of the same land and upbringing, former allies in combat, and the victors and those who did learn from their ancestors' mistakes and have chosen to never again make the same mistakes all still believing that war itself--and not the "principles" to be preserved or achieved--is the basis for human behaviour...and civilization.
*-MY SEPTEMBER 28, 2000 E-MAIL CONTAINED, IN MY DAILY 'EMAZING Download of the Day', IN ADDITION TO "A RECIPE DATABASE," THIS:
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
- Franklin Roosevelt
I FIND THAT STILL RELEVANT AS "ALL OF US" CONTINUE WITH THE HOPES TO SECURE A DURABLE PEACE IN THE HOLY LANDS, WITH TOO MANY INNOCENT IRAQI CHILDREN DYING FROM THE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, IN THIS WORLD WITH ONLY ONE SUPERPOWER.
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