In poetic justice, when we find a punishment fitting the crime with uncanny perfection, we are apt to sense the hand of Divine Providence. So it is with the ongoing destruction of America and her World War II allies. To be clear, while the evil of the Allies included physical atrocities–deliberate targeting of civilian populations, political terrorization, rape, and forced dislocation of defeated peoples–those things are, alas, unexceptional in human history. One could fairly point out that the Axis powers did things of this sort too. (I make no claim that because the Allies were flawed, the Axis were “the good guys”. “Good guys” and “bad guys” exist in comic books, not real history. But it is the moral corruption of the Allies, not that of the Axis, that has done the spiritual damage to the Allied countries.) I don’t judge the essence of a people’s character by what they will countenance when they think they’re in a life-and-death struggle. No, the distinctive evil of America and her allies is of a spiritual nature, and twofold.
First, what we did to Germany–ruthless ideological cleansing, teaching a whole people to hate themselves and renounce their culture and their ancestors. And, make no mistake, decades of Leftist indoctrination have achieved their success. While a country still exists called “Germany”, the German spirit, a spirit of romantic discomfort with modernity, is completely dead. The German spirit was an indispensable part of the European soul, a part that the West urgently needs now for its own survival but that it can no longer draw upon.
Second, what we did to ourselves. There is a real beauty in the ability to respect one’s enemy, but at least in the modern age of mass military mobilization, nasty propaganda demonizing the enemy has unfortunately been the norm. However, over half a century since World War II ended, we are still living inside our own war propaganda machine. We are still screaming about and making movies about fighting “Nazis”. We’re relishing our own hatred and refuse to let it go, and it is killing us. Now that there are no more real Nazis to fight, anti-“fascism” has turned, like an autoimmune disease, on its host. Young people form mobs and persecute dissenters from Leftism hoping to taste for a moment the sense of imperturbable righteousness their great-grandfathers must have felt as they incinerated the women and children of Dresden and Nagasaki.
We cannot let go of our cartoon picture of “good guys” fighting “bad guys”, and thus the habit of dehumanizing both foreign rivals and domestic opponents. You know the quip that whatever foreign leader the American government doesn’t like today is always “the next Hitler.” Both in domestic politics and foreign relations, we have lost the language of balancing contrasting legitimate interests. (“You wouldn’t appease Nazis, would you?”) And yet, bits of the truth, that some of the features of fascism and national socialism were unexceptional for their time, leak through. By the standards of Leftist cosmopolitanism, all Western countries and cultures are exclusionary (hence “fascist”) merely by their continued existence. Churchill and de Gaulle were, by 21st century standards, as much “Nazis” as Hitler. We are all fascists, and so we must spiritually murder ourselves the way we spiritually murdered Germany. We must renounce all bonds of piety, curse our ancestors and inherited culture, and ultimately welcome a replacement population so that we vanish entirely.
The ordinary patriotic American is caught in a trap. He can’t let go of his World War II propaganda, because defeating the Nazis is the only thing he’s still allowed to take pride in, but it is this very propaganda that forces him to give up pride in everything else about his country. Not that what the ordinary patriotic American thinks matters anyway; the WWII propaganda script has now cast him as the Nazi, so he must be ruthlessly suppressed, because everyone knows you should never appease Nazis.
There is an odd perfection to our doom, like the grim sense of necessity the audience feels in the best tragedies. Our decision to permanently solve the alleged problem of German militarism by destroying German patriotism and German insights into the deficiencies of the Enlightenment was evil, and by giving ourselves over to this evil we have locked ourselves into a process that will force us to impose upon ourselves the same fate we visited upon our defeated German foe.