Writing my novels takes a lot of time, especially research. For every chapter written, likely over ten hours of research goes into the efforts, even more time than getting the words on paper.
One thing I’ve grappled with is how our nation and others involved with WWII, forever use the narrative that WWII was “necessary” to stop oppression. That it was the last war we “fought for freedom.” Even I used this narrative in my novels at first, until further research and reaching inside my mind, heart, and soul for the reality of the situation. Then I edited those words out, saying it like it is: WWII was the most horrific conflict in history, with over 70 million people dying. It was not about stopping Hitler, who stopped himself through a horrific dual suicide of himself and his wife.
This article explains how our sanctification of WWII has had pernicious consequences. The dangerous idea that the second world war was noble and heroic is blowing back at the USA today, being used as an excuse and justification for our forever self-destructive military interventions abroad. These actions are hurting foremost our own nation and it’s people, spilling out to mass shootings in the most sacred and what should be safe zones including our children’s schools. Personally, I think what it will take to stop our nations internal heartbreaking violence is, as this column seems to imply, a complete paradigm shift away from the American people accepting and glorifying war as a noble action.
Please read this piece and offer your thoughts.