Lest We Forget…

It is 70 years ago today that ‘VJ’ day was celebrated… the day that the Japanese Empire finally unconditionally surrendered following the two devastating nuclear attacks by the USA on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

They say that World War II started in 1939 – but really it started on the day after Armistice Day in November 1917 – the day after World War I ended!

Europe was in a mess… monarchies that had ruled for centuries were swept away – victims of their own making with inbreeding and rivalry within their families… apart from France at the start of the War, every country involved had a monarchy within Europe… and they were all related through the ancestry of Queen Victoria!

The colonies that each of these European countries ruled couldn’t properly be governed by the European countries anymore – so nationalism within those Asian and African nations grew… Japan – stifled by the British Empire, German Empire and French colonies before the War, suddenly found that it had a dominance within Asia – and ruthlessly took advantage of it – culminating with the attack of Pearl Harbor, which brought the Amercians on board in 1941.

Is the world any better 70 years on?  Well – there hasn’t ever been another nuclear weapon used in aggression since the two attacks on Japan – but the number of nuclear weapons now available to be ‘fired’ if needed by more than 10 countries is in the tens of thousands – enough to wipe humanity several times over!

Terrorism has become the new ‘war’ – with radical religious extremists of one faith and another murdering in the name of their God or gods – deities which are supposed to want peace, love and harmony within humanity… hardly that, is it?

We should take heed and remember past events – history has the uncanny knack of constantly repeating itself…

…lest we forget!