The Myth, The Lie, and the Injustice of Socialism: Part 7 - Proxy War and Prosperity
From GI Joe to Rosie the Riveter, the Great American work ethic was at it again!
Victory breeds confidence, and America was winning again.
After our victory in World War II, the troops returned home to a country that had returned to Traditional Values.
Conservatism pervaded both the people and the political parties.
A strong sense of nationalism, combined with a unified goal, made this a great time to be an American.
The Union of Soviet Socialists were victorious, as well, by defeating the Nazi invasion and the fascist dictator who broke their treaty.
This bred confidence in Stalin's regime, and gave strength to his military.
Despite this, Stalin’s very own people starved death!
In my opinion, the USSR was never a real ally to the U.S…
In World War II, we had a common enemy, and that was all!
Britain did share the U.S. military surplus with the Reds, but other than that, it was a war of two fronts that effectively split the sheer might of the Nazi’s military power.
The two polar opposite ideologies never trusted one another, and the Cold War started before World War II ended on May 8th, 1945.
The two countries had very different political and economic systems.
The Soviets believed in a form of Socialism that advocated economic equality for all workers.
This was a myth, as the Soviet Union was a brutal dictatorship!
Joseph Stalin ordered the murders of more people than Hitler had…
President Truman realized that if Western Europe was going to stand up to a Communist takeover, it would need help rebuilding war-torn cities, factories, and farms.
Truman successfully lobbied that Communism flourishes in economically deprived areas. and a plan was set forth…
The Marshall Plan, named after then Secretary of State, George Marshall, was the financial aid program that was implemented to help the Allies rebuild.
The Soviets saw this as an aggression, as they were equally fearful of the spread of capitalism.
The two forces stalemated at what Winston Churchill called the Iron Curtain.
The Communist movement continued, however, unabated into Asia - More specifically, China, Korea, and Vietnam.
Communist Rebellion sprouted also in parts of Latin America and in Africa!
The rise and fall of some of these dastardly dictatorships were comparatively short-lived.
The most significant being in China, where the USSR supported Mao Zedong's Communist Revolution, which saw millions more die in famine, in labor camps, and by execution -- All in the name of Socialism!
Truman had turned a blind eye to China.
With a sound economy, and with tranquility on the home-front, he wanted no part of that bloody mess!
The USSR was a formidable foe, and the casualties would be immense…
President Truman had just ended the war with Japan, and there was peace at home.
Little is talked about how much Truman suffered with the use of nukes, but he did -- Tremendously.
Then, Communism spread into Korea, as the North invaded the South, and another violent takeover by a Communist country could not be concealed.
With the atrocities that Lenin and Stalin had committed, coupled with what Zedong was doing to humanity in China, the Free World could look away no more!
The Korean aggression posed no threat to Americans, and was indeed a proxy war.
Japan was still weak from World War II, and they would fall next if something wasn't done.
We were fighting the Soviets, but only enough to say that we are here, and we’re not fighting with the will to win -- Politically.
Don't let fear take your freedom.
With support from the UN, America went back to war.
The Communists had the South Vietnamese and UN forces pushed up against the sea, when General MacArthur was finally given the green light.
Under his command, the US forces drove the Reds back across the 38th Parallel, and all the way into China.
The Soviets were not happy about this, and they supported the Chinese with men and weapons to surge against the Americans.
Outmanned, General MacArthur called on Truman for more support.
Truman denied the General's request, and when the outspoken General called him out on his will to win (or lack thereof), the General was removed from Duty.
Consequently, the US was pushed back to the 38th Parallel, where the war stalemated for the next three years.
An armistice was agreed upon, and the country was divided into the Communist North, where human atrocities continue to this day, and the Capitalist South, which has established itself with its economic power.
America was happy at home, but struggled politically on how to deal with the spread of Communism.
In America, you had a time when one income could feed, clothe, and buy both a car and a house for the family.
The American family had never been so sound and stable!
Politically, the policy that permeated throughout the extensive Asian proxy wars was one of containment, and not one of victory.
The thought process may have been to avoid a larger conflict, and not to disrupt the tranquility at home.
Sadly, the policy did enlarge the conflict, and ended up being devastating to the tranquility at home!
Stand up, America!
Coming Soon: Part 8 - Ask not what your country can do for you...