Did you know that 300 U.S. companies continued to provide
the Nazi war machine with vital products and equipment throughout the Battle of
Britain and didn't stop doing so until after the Japanese attack on Pearl
According to Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams, the
authors of a fascinating book entitled, Grey Wolf, these weren't no-name
corporations either. GM, Ford, ITT, Alcoa and Standard Oil were just some of
the companies who aided and abetted the enemy. In fact, in recognition of his
service to the Third Reich, Henry Ford was one of only 14 non-Germans to
receive the uber prestigious Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle.
I think these scandalous facts are more timely than ever
since one could posit the view the U.S. is inadvertently responsible for aiding
and abetting the notorious Boston bombers.
As we now know, our country provided vital war material
to the Taliban during the 1980s when a young terrorist by the name of Osama bin
Laden joined thousands of other Afghani rebels to oust the Soviet Army from
Later, when we abandoned the Afghans to their own
devices, they turned on the U.S. and began taking their first, small steps on
the road to 9/11, and beyond.
According to published reports, the Tsarnaev brothers
learned both their radical Islamic ways and crude bomb-making techniques on the
web. And, one could argue many of those web sites wouldn't exist if we hadn't
completely abandoned the Taliban way back when.
I've always believed in the aphorism, the past is
prologue. With so many Americans scratching their heads and wondering how
things have gotten so bad, we really need to call a time out and do a whole lot
more digging. We need to go beyond merely understanding the grievances between
Russia and Chechnya. We need to understand our own culpability in initially
aiding and abetting the enemy (and fanning the initial flames of Islamic
As the authors of Grey Wolf point out, helping the bad
guys seems to be an American tradition of long-standing. To quote Pogo, 'We
have met the enemy and he is us.' Would that the average American could put it
all in perspective.