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John Chuckman



Wars of Self-Defense?

Just where do you see any of those?

At least in so far as the world’s imperial power, the United States, is involved?

It has never really fought a “war of defense.”


The closest one being, but only on brief superficial examination, WWII.

But even that case – still rich with many sentimental associations, myths, and unquestioned assumptions – really was a special kind of covert war of aggression. It employed exactly the techniques Israel did in the Six Day War.

A combination of putting so many Pacific ships at Pearl Harbor as an attractive target plus a long and growing list of punitive and irritating measures against Japan by the Roosevelt administration pushed the Japanese to do what had never intended to do, attack the United States.

WWII set America up as a world power, smashing important competitors like Germany and Japan and draining the UK. Just as Israel’s Six Day War gave it the geographical basis for building Greater Israel.

But even if you, for some reason, reject the example of WWII, virtually every American War has been a War of Aggression.

War of 1812 – intended to capture Canada, which by the way was first invaded just before the Revolutionary War in an attempt to secure it for the American colonies.

Mexican War.

The Indian Wars.

Spanish-American War.

Seizure of Hawaii.

Rebellion in the Philippines.



Afghanistan (which never attacked the US).



The “civil war” in Syria.


The tiny war against Panama.

The First Gulf War.

Add in all the nasty little interventions and coups – from overthrowing a democratic government in Iran to overthrowing one in Ukraine – and you have quite a record.

American history only seems different to that of an historically aggressive country such as Germany because most of America’s foes were small or weak, not major states as the Germans faced, but it has been a relentless assault nevertheless, not different in intent or purpose to the raging storms of a Hitler or Napoleon.

Any other view is a myth from the grade-school textbooks in American elementary schools, where they just happen to recite The Pledge of Allegiance every morning, much as you would in an absolute state.

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