Some people thought I was exaggerating about how hateful World War II propaganda is destroying Western civilization, but events have vindicated me. It is now establishment consensus that Texas cannot have a law forbidding schools from teaching race hatred, demonizing entire peoples, and pursuing propaganda rather than objectivity, because such restrictions might impede the teaching of hateful WWII propaganda. Of course, the proponents of this bill insist that hateful WWII propaganda would continue as always, but the Leftist establishment correctly see the general principle as a threat. Liberals pride themselves for their open-mindedness and appreciation for ambiguity, but must puzzle over the irony of having been born into a world where such a sensibility finds no application, for as liberals also constantly scream at us, “THERE ARE NO TWO SIDES!!!!!” to any issue whatsoever. School teachers must break the spirits of white children and teach them to hate themselves, or else it would mean that there are “two sides to the Holocaust”.
One should point out that to speak about the Holocaust is already in a sense to have taken a side, in that one has restricted discussion to one side’s grievance. It is not atrocities but conflicts that are usually said to have two sides. I would not say that there are two sides to the Holocaust, or to the Holodomor, or the Great Terror, or the Vendee genocide, or the Armenian genocide, or the Rwandan genocide. I certainly would say that there are two sides to, for example, World War II and the Rwandan Civil War (such as the often-forgotten fact that the Tutsis started it). Back when I was in school, the history of WWII began with an acknowledgement of the iniquities of the Treaty of Versailles, a sign that WWII partisanship has actually been getting worse during my lifetime.
“Informed”, “sophisticated”, New York Times-approved opinion will not admit that, even in conflicts where atrocities undoubtedly occurred, the perpetrating side may still have had understandable motives and genuine grievances. This, they say, would be to grant legitimacy to “hate” and put everyone else at risk from those wretched souls whose identities have been declared hateful. The idea we are forced to believe is that genocide and the like come from hatred, and hatred comes from nowhere, except perhaps from the black heart of the white soul. Perpetrating peoples cannot be said to have been pursuing their interests or overreacting to provocations. In order to avoid legitimating hatred, we must deny it any historical context. Attempting to understand the motivations of “bad guys” is considered morally suspect.
Conservatives often marvel at what seems to us the odd mixture of moral relativism and moral absolutism in our opponents. To be fair, I’m sure liberals feel the same way about us. One might say that, since WWII, it has been official policy that Christianity is a false religion, because Christianity teaches us that there are no good guys and bad guys on this Earth. All are sinners, and not one is righteous. All are made in God’s image, and all are called to be transformed by His grace. In this world, we are all a mix of good and bad, and the ambiguity in our souls spills into our wars, which are never comic book battles between good and evil. God’s law, however, is immutable, and certain acts are unambiguously evil, regardless of motivation and whether one is officially a good/oppressed guy or a bad/oppressor guy.
The modern world has reversed this. Consequentialism denies that any acts are intrinsically immoral, and post-Vatican II casuistry ensures that no one feels bad for putting aside a moral obligation that has become onerous. On the other hand, men are taught to have absolute certainty of the righteousness of their side, the side of history. The enemy’s crimes define him; our crimes are aberrations, and are actually the enemy’s fault, when you really stop to think about it. The enemy is motivated by unprovoked hatred; don’t listen to the reasons he gives–he’s just trying to trick you. Don’t ever appease evil–remember what happened with Hitler? We must crush all competitors and dominate the world so that bullies like him never reappear.
It is a humbling lesson that there are always two sides–even our enemies and persecutors were as certain of the rightness of their cause as we were of ours–but that is no small part of the value of learning it.