Guess what! BLUE turned out to be a WWII homefront story which led to COMFORT and post-war trauma and suddenly I find that I cannot stop writing about war.
This quiet anti-war passion in me has been called forth and I am daily reminded that war is dangerous to humans and other living things.
|Post-WWI Peace Conference led to the Signing of the Treaty of Versailles|
President Woodrow Wilson is seated at the table, 5th from left.
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Today's "This Day in History" feature at History.com is yet another example that one war leads to another and that revenge is a very bad idea.
The Great War is over. Germany has surrendered. Peace Talks begin on January 18, 1919. President Wilson has assured Germany that the Allied Powers will not deal too harshly with her. But Wilson, whose philosophy is "peace without victory" is outnumbered in this approach. So, in order to get the other allied leaders to form The League of Nations, he compromises, agreeing to make Germany take sole responsibility for the war and also to pay heavy reparations.
The idea is to keep Germany on her knees.
It was a very bad idea. The German people were demoralized and frustrated. They were also ripe for a political hero. I'm not sure why Adolf Hitler captured their hearts. I can't comprehend the social and spiritual blindness he put over on the people - especially the blantant racism. But, historians seem to agree that the Treaty of Versailles with its heavy penalties to Germany, led directly to the rise of Hitler and World War II.
It's heartbreaking to think about - the knowledge that a bit of grace could have prevented so much tragedy. If only we'd been willing to extend it...
Forgiveness is an upsidedown and backward idea. It doesn't come easier to me than it does to anyone else. But I believe it works. I believe that individuals and nations who exercise unexpected compassion can change the world.
Gail Halvorsen who I blogged about a few days ago, is a clear example of someone, who after World War II, offered unexpected sweetness to the enemy. Our relationship to Germany hasn't been the same since. And that's a good thing!