- Posted August 29, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
The United States Remembers
The United States of America is the youngest country, albeit not always the brightest, but the United States of America stood for and still stands today for high morals among humanity. The ethics with which each country and nation conducts themselves, in regards to their own and their neighbors; says a great deal about the mentality of the people there.
In 1939 the United States witnessed the beginning of what eventually became World War II. The people of the United States of America not only watched, but made cartoons in local news papers about the situation in the Eastern Countries. Back then, much the same as now; the people of the United States said no to the involvement of the USA.
At that time the United States of America was made up of English Immigrants, Irish Immigrants, French Immigrants, German Immigrants, etc., and yet even as one by one the United States of America witnessed each of the other countries get sucked into the war, did nothing.
There were family members of those countries living in the USA frightened for the lives of their families in their native lands that began taking matters into their own hands and began sneaking weapons and supplies into the battered countries for their families. This was done utilizing sea merchants willing to sneak into the countries like pirates and sneak out again since the United States refused to get involved.
It wasn’t until Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that the United States of America declared war. Now this is just a watered down version of the actual history which is very detailed, but I think this makes my point here. The United States of America saw what was happening and did nothing and by the time the United States did get involved the United States was far from ready for a war.
The United States was a much younger country then than it is now and still we sit by saying that if it does not affect us on our own lands we should not get involved. The last time we won the war by sheer luck and as some in the USA would say the grace of God. Really; doesn’t it affect the people that now live in the United States of America since those that live in the USA have family in the other countries? Didn’t the people of the USA learn anything from World War II? Sitting by and doing nothing is not going to stop what will inevitably happen; all we can do is to be prepared for the inevitable.
Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt commonly called Teddy Roosevelt used to say “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far,” but most people only remember the first half of the motto that actually is an old African Proverb. Ever wonder why the 26th President of the United States used that motto? People are more apt to listen to wise words spoken softly backed up by a big stick meaning force if necessary. Yelling at one another and threatening each other only serves to create more friction and more anger and even distrust. Communication is the key to all things. The way in which one communicates can be the difference to creating allies or creating bad situations that can and often escalates into wars. Could the United Nations be the talking softly while the major powers are the big sticks?
Many people remember World War II even if they never actually lived during that terrible war; they remember the aftermath. President Obama honored the wishes of the American people two years ago when Syria first began using chemical weapons against its people and did nothing. Russia knows this to be true too. Any nation or country should be made aware of this fact. Now we see that even after Syria was warned against using such tactics they have defied the warnings issued. If it were Russia that issued the warning how would they now respond; has anybody asked them this?
All life in this world should be held as precious and not expendable; yet we see these atrocities all the time. Some are worse than others though and if the world intends to create better living conditions they must work together to make this happen. So what would other countries do given our situation? It is obvious that something must be done. What do you suggest?