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Fri, Dec. 17th, 2004 03:29 pm
Predestination Was Doomed From The Start

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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Fri, Dec. 17th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)

I don't usually find major movements to rewrite history to be the most bothersome to me -- they're largely concerned with "reeducating" people who know better, winning professors and teachers to their point of view. But the other day I had somebody try to argue that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor because the United States was blockading Japan's oil supply, which is, of course, ridiculous to somebody who has been studying world history, and particularly World War II, as much as I have. It did make me realize, though, how these sorts of things get started.
Today the United States is the bully of the World, able to exercise our will as we see fit until somebody snaps. For my generation, it has been the only world we have ever known, and so there is the implicit assumption among people that we were always that way, even though we didn't gain that illustrious station until 1945, and didn't solidify it until 1991. So today we have the Holocaust faked, since people couldn't believe Germans would do such a thing, the Moon Landing faked, because it was too convienent, and an American aided and abedded Pearl Harbor.
So I wonder what will happen in the future, if someday I, or my children, will read books telling a very different story of the first half of the twentieth century than we have now, once all the people alive during that period are gone, and the credibility of the books written on the subject can be openly attacked. I can't help but wonder if there's some way to create an unforgable, undeniable record of history...


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moozeale
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Julia
Fri, Dec. 17th, 2004 06:11 pm (UTC)

I really hope you're wrong. The thought just scares me horribly. I realize that there will always be ignorant people who don't want to know the truth about history. The moon landing being faked and Pearl Harbor having been aided by the Americans are horrible enough, but masses of people "forgetting" that the Holocaust was real terrifies me. If schools were to start teaching all of the above conspiracy theories, that's when I leave the country. I'd rather die in a war zone than have my children be taught any of that.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Fri, Dec. 17th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)

Yeah. The logical derivative of this line of thought is to wonder how many genocides, how many holocausts, how many cultures have been forever blotted from history by Rome, Babylon, Shanghai, Kiev, Gaul, London, Athens, Cairo, or any of the other major empires of the past, and how many of those cultures had destroyed others? How many cities sank into the sea, or beneath hundreds of feet of soft sand? How many nations became vassals of the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Zulu, the Huns, the Mongols, and lost their entire histories before they had the written word to store it? I don't think our history will suffer the same fate, but I wonder still.


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ultimatepsi
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Kate Nineteen
Fri, Dec. 17th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)

It seems to me with the amount of first person records that are out there for modern events, the truth isn't going to be forgotten. That is assuming civilization doesn't collapse, or a truly concerted effort occurs by a large fraction of people to rewrite things. In my observation, most people think the rewritings you've mentioned are out-there conspiracy theories.

In regards to classroom teaching, I remember when I took world history. The teacher mentioned the "Holocaust never happened" theory and showed us some evidence for it, but only to then show how the evidence was being skewed. Sort of an immunization against conspiracy theory.


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