It may have meant winning WWII, and may also have led to ultimately winning the Cold War, but I fear we’ve learned from neither.
Power has only bred more hunger for power, as always.
Warfare as defence of national interests, has morphed into warfare as a means of attack in the form of economic imperialism.
The one-off mass destruction of nukes has been replaced by the constant 24/7 destruction of drone strikes.
Some 70+% of the Afghan/Pakistani population are believed to suffer PTSD from the constant threat of drones above.
Drone pilots in Arizona and Rammstein have the same PTSD symptoms of frontline soldiers even though they go home to their families at the end of a shift.
The dropping of the nukes was perhaps when we first entered the grey area of what actions you might justify if you’re sufficiently convinced you’re the good guy.
And to that end, it was perhaps much clearer that we were the good guys with good reasons to defend ourselves, than it is understanding why we do what we do sometimes now.
So maybe we haven’t learned much at all from those terrible events.
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