The Good War?: Imperialism, Genocide, and Resistance During the Second World War

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

Many people think of the Second World War as “the good war”—a war against fascism and for democracy. This idea has been reinforced many times over through books, movies, and TV shows. Our rulers surround almost all of their new military adventures with its glowing halo. But if you look seriously behind the myth at what really happened in the Second World War, it becomes clear that the U.S. and its allies fought to defend or build their own empires, not fight fascism or prevent mass murder. The truth is that the U.S. abandoned the Jews, ran roughshod over democracy, whipped up a race war against Japan, and rehabilitated Nazi war criminals to use as American spies after the war. This talk will examine that history.

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