Preparation for the Missouri pre-teen camp and pastoral end-of-the-week concerns consume me, today, but I did want to post something on the anniversary of D-Day, tomorrow.
The BBC news has posted a news item about “revisionist” comments concerning D-Day and the darker side of the invasion of Normandy. You can read it here: “Revisionists challenge D-Day story.”
While I do not want to diminish the respect that is certainly due for the sacrifices that were made in that effort to rid the world of an abominable evil, I do think that it is helpful to look at the event in the fullest of perspectives. Run-of-the-mill pacifists will say that such invasions — and war, in general — are unnecessary, yet they fail to offer real alternatives, seeing how many of them are godless idealists, committed to faulty worldviews that fail to recognize the need for God and the fact of human nature. Yet, it must also be said that war is generally a matter of unleashing one aspect of carnal human nature against another, neither of which is truly noble, however noble the underlying cause or motivation may be.
I do not believe that the rapes and abuses that are reported to have come from some on the Allied side in this matter are complete inventions or false information, as much as I would like to. As the infamous Civil War general William T. Sherman is noted to have said in 1880: “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.” And it is more than the blood and violence of the battlefield that makes it so. Carnality unleashed, for whatever the cause, is a frighteningly horrifying thing to behold.
Also, I do not believe that the atrocities caused by some among the Allies’ forces take away from the Allies’ cause, nor do I think that they should tarnish the sacrifice of the many who selflessly gave of themselves to free Europe and end the reign of one of the most evil men to have walked the earth. Those who conducted themselves with honor and who willingly laid down their lives to right a terrible wrong deserve our solemn remembrance and our thanks.
Yet the fact of those atrocities should remind all of us that every choice of man in handling his affairs that falls short of submitting to and truly trusting the one true God will involve suffering. While the world may generally agree that World War II was a war with a righteous cause and can be thankful for its outcome, no one can agree that it was a war free of horrors committed on both sides. War is, still, war. And it is “all hell.” It will continue to plague mankind until the only One who can make war in righteousness (Rev. 19:11) returns to wage the war to truly end all wars (Isaiah 2:4).
May God speed that day.