[lit-ideas] Re: CFP: PEACE REVIEW on the PsychologicalInterpretation of War

  • From: Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 22:00:20 -0500

Not having proper time to follow this thread, I'm just poking my nose in =
now and again.  But I spotted this statement of Andy's about Hitler 'hati=
ng peace' and just wondered why it rolls so easily off the fingertips.  H=
itler was an angry young man who was shamed by Germany's defeat in a war =
he had fought in and felt betrayed by the decision makers in the generati=
on before him.  Born in a different time and place, he might have been no=
body.  Think of a rogue wave in the ocean and a talented, lucky and pluck=
y surfer.  Whole lifetimes could pass without the two meeting.  The wave =
sinks lesser surfers and the surfer has to make do with lesser waves.  Un=
less...things come together.  That's the 'perfect storm' that came togeth=
er and engulfed Germany.   No one could see it coming.  The German people=
 were not somehow more prone to this than others might have been.  Neithe=
r they nor Hitler hated peace.  Neither they nor Hitler loved war. =20

Something in the US portends this same kind of 'perfect storm.'   If ever=
 one wanted to understand how what happened in Germany could happen, they=
 need only watch what is happening in the US right now.  While there is n=
o proof, it is widely assumed that Hitler's brown shirts set fire to the =
Reichstag themselves.  The fear it engendered gave Hitler the opportunity=
 to turn his election victory into something more powerful and more perma=
nent.  The people willingly exchanged their civil liberties for protectio=
n from a possibly-invented fear.  And doesn't that sound familiar....

The Marxist analysis of history put paid to "The Great Man" theory, but p=
erhaps we need to take a second look.   (Those quotations around 'great m=
an' belong there for more than one reason.)

(my two bits...(Canadian)...about 42 cents American)

Lawrence Helm and Andy Amago.....

L.H.  It is possible to
examine many of Hitler's motives, but as much as he loved war, however mu=
that was, it couldn't be said that he went to war because he loved war.  =
objectives of his war were the reasons he went to war.  Lebensraum in the=

East and the countering of the effects of the ignominious surrender after=

World War One were probably the prime reasons.=20

A.A. If he hated war and violence, he would have found another way to mee=
his ends.  He chose instead to go to war, and his people chose to follow
him.  He hated peace, so he shunned it.

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