Excerpt : Preface: What Happened to Us?
about us we can clearly see now that the West is passing away.
single century, all the great houses of continental Europe fell. All the
empires that ruled the world have vanished. Not one European nation, save
Muslim Albania, has a birthrate that will enable it to survive through the
century. As a share of world population, peoples of European ancestry have been
shrinking for three generations. The character of very Western nation is being
irremediably altered as each undergoes an unresisted invasion from the Third
World. We are slowly disappearing from the Earth.
lost the will to rule, Western man seems to be losing the will to live as a
unique civilization as he feverishly indulges in La Dolce Vita, with a yawning
indifference as to who might inherit the Earth he once ruled.
happened to us? What happened to our world?
the twentieth century opened, the West was everywhere supreme. For four hundred
years, explorers, missionaries, conquerors and colonizers departed Europe for
the four corners of the Earth to erect empires that were to bring the blessings
and benefits of Western civilization to all mankind. In Rudyard Kipling's
lines, it was special duty of Anglo-Saxon peoples to fight "The savage
wars of peace/ Fill full the mouth of Famine/ And bid the sickness cease."
These empires were the creations of a self-confident race of men.
became of those men?
in the last century, Western man suffered a catastrophic loss of faith—in
himself, in his civilization, and in the faith that gave it birth.
Christianity is dying in the West, being displaced by a militant secularism,
seems undeniable, though the reasons remain in dispute. But there is no dispute
about the physical wounds that may yet prove mortal. These were World Wars I
and II, two phases of a Thirty Years' War future historians will call the Great
Civil War of the West. Not only did these two wars carry off scores of millions
of the best and bravest of the West, they gave birth to the fanatic ideologies
of Leninism, Stalinism, Nazism and Fascism, whose massacres of the people they
misruled accounted for more victims than all of the battlefield deaths in ten
years of fighting.
quarter century ago, Charles L. Mee, Jr., began his End of Order: Versailles
1919 by describing the magnitude of what was first called the Great War:
"World War I had been a tragedy on a dreadful scale. Sixty five million
men were mobilized--more by many millions than had ever been brought to war
before--to fight a war they had been told, of justice and honor, of national
pride and of great ideals, to wage a war that would end all war, to establish
an entirely new order of peace and equity in the world."
then detailed the butcher's bill.
November 11, 1918, when the armistice that marked the end of the war was
signed, eight million soldiers lay dead, twenty million more were wounded,
diseased, mutilated, or spitting blood from gas attacks. Twenty-two million
civilians had been killed or wounded, and the survivors were living in villages
blasted to splinters and rubble, on farms churned in mud, their cattle dead.
Belgrade, Berlin and Petrograd, the survivors fought among themselves--fourteen
wars, great and small, civil or revolutionary, flickered or raged about the
casualty rate in the Great War was ten times what it had been in America's
Civil War, the bloodiest war of Western man in the nineteenth's century. And at
the end of the Great War an influenza epidemic, spread by returning soldiers,
carried off fourteen million more Europeans and Americans. In one month of
1914—"the most terrible August in the history of the world," said
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—"French casualties . . . are believed to have totaled
two hundred sixty thousand of whom seventy five thousand were killed (twenty
seven thousand on August 22 alone)." France would fight on and in the
fifty one months the war would last would lost 1.3 million sons, with twice
that number wounded, maimed or crippled. The quadrant of the country northeast
of Paris resembled a moonscape.
losses in America today would be eight million dead, sixteen million wounded,
and all the land east of Ohio and north of the Potomac unrecognizable. Yet the
death and destruction of the Great War would be dwarfed by the genocides of
Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and what the war of 1939-1945 would do to Italy,
Germany, Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic and Balkan nations, Russia, and all of
Europe from the Pyrenees to the Urals.
questions this book addresses are huge but simple: Were these two world wars,
the mortal wounds we inflicted upon ourselves, necessary wars? Or were they wars
of choice? And if they were wars of choice, who plunged us into these hideous
and suicidal world wars that advanced the death of our civilization? Who are
the statesmen responsible for the death of the West?
Hitler, Great Britain was Germany's natural ally and the nation the most
admired. He did not covet British colonies. He did not want or seek a fleet to
rival the Royal Navy. he did not wish to bring down the British Empire. He was
prepared to appease Britain to make her a friend of Germany. Where the Kaiser
has grudgingly agreed in 1913 to restrict the High Seas fleet to 60 percent of
the Royal Navy, Hitler in 1935 readily agreed to restrict his navy to 35
percent. What Hitler ever sought was an allied, friendly, or at least neutral
in 1922 with a publisher friendly to the Nazi party, Hitler "ruled out the
colonial rivalry with Britain that had caused conflict before the First World
War." Said Hitler, "Germany would have to adapt herself to a purely
continental policy, avoiding harm to English interests."
late 1922," Kershaw wrote, "an alliance with Britain, whose world
empire he admired, was in [Hitler's] mind. This idea had sharpened in 1923 when
the disagreements of the British and French over the Ruhr occupation became
fought the "Tommies" on the Western Front, he admired their martial
qualities. Nor was Churchill unaware of "Hitler's notorious Anglomania and
his almost servile admiration of British imperialism..."
biographer Allan Bullock summarizes his grand strategy:
Mein Kampf Hitler had written:
a long time to come there will be only two Powers in Europe with which it may
be possible for Germany to conclude and alliance. These powers are Great
Britain and Italy." The greatest blunder of the Kaiser's government—prophetic
words—had been to quarrel with Britain and Russia at the same time: Germany's
future lay on the east . . . and her natural ally was Great Britain, whose power
was colonial, commercial, and naval with no territorial interests on the
continent of Europe. "Only by alliance with England was it possible
(before 1914) to safeguard the rear of the German crusade... No sacrifice
should have been considered too great, if it was a necessary means of gaining
England's friendship. Colonial and naval ambitions should have been abandoned.
dream of an Anglo-German alliance would stay with Hitler even when he was at
war with Great Britain:
during the war Hitler persisted in believing that an alliance with Germany...
was in Britain's own interest, continually expressed his regret that the
British had been so stupid as not to see this, and never gave up the hope that
he would be able to overcome their obstinacy and persuade them to accept his
Roy Denman came to the same conclusion:
Hitler . . .
had no basic quarrel wit Britain. Unlike William II, he had no wish from the
outset to rival the British navy, nor covet the British Empire. His
territorial aims were in Central and Eastern Europe and further east. He could
never understand why the British constantly sought to interfere.