Boy had his friend come over. It's the last time he will play with this boy outside of school. This little boy's father is very much into history, in particular, WWI and WWII. While I am into history, I don't know or care about every minute detail, I am interested in the why and what lessons can be learned. I want to know why we reacted in ways that we did. What are the warning signs that history may be repeating itself. While the small detail may be important (when the Japanese military needed to put on a good meal for show, they'd just cut the leg off a prisoner to have a good chunk of meat), I want to focus on other things. Sorry all you who get really excited about this stuff. I want to know why and how to prevent it in the future. If I can't prevent it I want to be prepared.
The father of this friend has chosen to be enamored with the wrong side in each each war. Now I'm not saying that I would support each war we've been in but not supporting our participation is a lot different than cheering for the other side! Their house is full of war antiques. Certainly none are things I'd have in my house, that's for sure. Like father, like son, Boy's friend is also enamored with the wrong side.
Boy and his friend were sitting at the kitchen table and friend was talking about war. He was throwing out all kinds of facts to boy, bouncing all over the map. He started talking about what a great guy Mussolini was. Then he went on to say how the Germans didn't declare war on England. England declared war on Germany. No explanation to Boy, just his facts. While this is a true statement, I made the comment to the friend that England did so because of Germany's aggression. Just like the US declared war on Japan - but not until Japan bombed us. Japan didn't declare war in a speech first. Just because a country declares war first does NOT make them the aggressor. The friend then said sure Mussolini broke the Treaty of Versailles but it was necessary.
Then the friend started talking about all of Germany's accomplishments during the war. What? Like telling people that there were jobs waiting in a nearby town, so get your families together and pack one suitcase. You all are going on a train ride to your new home. Never mind that they were either gassed on the way or wound up in concentration camps. Oh no, said the friend, he'd never heard of that. I figured the friend was going to tell me about the autobahn or guided missiles. No, Germany was able to make the country strong by getting rid of mental illness. The US should follow the accomplishments of Germany. If we did then Mrs. Bug-out renter would be cured. Friend...GO HOME!
The friend's mother came to pick up her son. I told her what happened, that I countered what he was saying and it upset him that I wasn't agreeing with his facts. She said that he is too young to learn about things like the Holocaust. But he's old enough to think Mussolini and Hitler were OK guys because the country made some accomplishments?
I need to explain to Boy why he won't be spending time playing with his friend. Unfortunately families like that get mixed in with families like mine in the eyes of the government and the media. All survivalists/preppers are not alike. Make sure that the people in your group are like minded! These folks are definitely not in my group.
At what age do you start to get more graphic about horrible details? The grand kids have been aware of the Holocaust for many years. They've been aware of 9/11 even though they can't yet grasp it. I thought United 93 was an excellent movie - difficult to watch but worth watching. I wonder at what age this movie would be appropriate for them to see. It would give them a different perspective of the "bad guys", especially when compared to the rantings of Boy's friend.