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D-Day: June 6, 2044

Why We Fight
Seventy-five years ago today, General Dwight D. Eisenhower oversaw what he called “the Great Crusade” to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Today, it is not considered to be politically correct to even utter the word “crusade” for fear of offending Muslims, whom we should note, fought on the Nazi side.

But Eisenhower was right, although prior to Pearl Harbor there were plenty of Americans who wanted to stay out of the war, from the American perspective, once we entered World War II the war in Europe was a battle against an enemy that was so evil it was not unreasonable to cloak our participation in the quasi-religious mantle of a crusade.

American participation in the war was so essential to the defeat of Nazism that Winston Churchill later wrote that after he heard the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, “Being saturated and satiated with emotion and sensation, I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful,” that the United States would now join the war on the side of Great Britain.

In Churchill’s hope that America would come into the war on the British side and save Great Britain from defeat at the hands of the Nazis he was not banking on American industrial might alone.

What Churchill needed as much or more than American industrial capacity was what he viewed as the combined might of the spirit and values of the English-speaking peoples – an adherence to and a willingness to fight for the mighty Anglo-Saxon underpinnings of Anglo-American Civilization.

Churchill put those values this way: "What is it that all these wage-earners, skilled artisans, soldiers and tillers of the soil require, deserve, and may be led to demand? Is it not a fair chance to make a home, to reap the fruits of their toil, to cherish their wives, to bring up their children in a decent manner and to dwell in peace and safety, without fear or bullying or monstrous burdens or exploitations, however this may be imposed upon them? That is their heart's desire. That is what we mean to win for them."

Today's self-appointed intellectual and political elite claim those values are sexist, racist and "white," but in 1944 Churchill’s concept was one that the everyday Americans who joined British, Canadian and Allied forces to wade ashore at Normandy, understood and all shared at some gut level.

They were united in understanding that we weren’t fighting to reestablish the post-World War I political order, but to defeat the Nazi worldview, which in its barbaric concept of one blood, one state, one Fuehrer was the complete opposite of our world view that limited constitutional government is established to protect the God-given unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness of every citizen, without exception.

Hollywood director (and wartime Lt. Col.) Frank Capra would frame this in his “Why We Fight” series of American propaganda films as a war between two world orders - Axis and Allied and Slave and Free. But it didn’t take a great deal of propagandizing for Americans to instinctively know that Hitler and his idea of an entitled racial elite was evil, and a crusade to eradicate it was necessary.

Now, seventy-five years on it is worth asking, indeed it is vital that we ask, does our civilization retain that clear, compelling moral vision that Churchill referred to as the combined might of the English-speaking peoples?

Are we still prepared, not as a government, but as a people, to engage in the next Great Crusade, to wade ashore to defeat the next barbarian who claims that he and his elite are entitled to rule and that all they deem inferior must submit or die?

Many cultural commentators would likely offer a pessimistic answer to that question, arguing that there is no such thing as the combined might of the English-speaking peoples and that multiculturalism, political correctness and the politics of racial division have seriously undercut if not destroyed the unified moral vision that animated the Greatest Generation to wade ashore at Normandy seventy-five years ago today.

While there is much evidence upon which to base such a pessimistic view, I refuse to believe that it is true. The values that animated the English-speaking peoples to launch the Great Crusade are just as right and true today as they were then. What is required is for us to have the same courage in defending them, because it is certain that if we do not, no one will be there to wade ashore in 2044 to liberate us.

CHQ Editor George Rasley's father, Private First Class George K. Rasley, Sr., served in the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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