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Selected Writings by Sachi Sri Kantha
The UN Unmasked
3 September 2009
Front Note by Sachi Sri Kantha
While the United States was struggling to get out of the Depression, the nations of Europe were struggling to overcome the horror and devastation and death of World War I so they could go ahead and have World War II. By the 1930s, everybody was just about ready, so Germany, showing the kind of spunky �can-do� spirit that has made it so popular over the years, started invading various surrounding nations. This alarmed Britain and France, which decided to strike back via the bold and clever strategy of signing agreements with Adolf Hitler. Their thinking was: If you can�t trust an insane racist paranoid spittle-emitting dictator, whom can you trust?
Shockingly, this strategy did not prove to be effective. In 1939, Germany invaded Poland in retaliation for Poland�s flagrant and provocative decision to be right next door. Britain and France then declared war against Germany, which immediately invaded France and managed to conquer it after an epic battle lasting, by some accounts, as long as 35 minutes. At this point, things looked pretty bleak for the Allied, or �good� side. The last bastion of goodness was Great Britain, a feisty, plucky little island in the North Atlantic led by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who had won the respect and loyalty of the British people for his ability to come up with clever insults at dinner parties.
The British persevered, but by 1941 it was clear that they could not hold out long without military support from the United States. At the time, Americans were strongly opposed to becoming directly involved, but that was to change drastically when the Japanese, implementing a complex, long-term, and ultimately successful strategy to dominate the US consumer-electronics market, bombed Pearl Harbour. And so it was time to have WORLD WAR II.
In fact, the actual war was extremely depressing, which is why we�re going to follow our usual procedure here and skip directly to the end.
America entered the final stages of the war under the leadership of Franklin Roosevelt�s successor, Harry S Truman, a feisty, plucky native of Missouri who grew up so poor that his family could not afford to put a period after his middle initial, yet who went on to become a failed haberdasher. It was Truman who made the difficult decision to drop the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the rationale being that only such a devastating, horrendous display of destructive power would persuade Japan that it had to surrender.
Truman also made the decision to drop the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, the rationale being that, hey, we had another bomb.
When the war finally ended, Truman shrewdly realized that it was time to enter the Postwar Era. His first order of business was to work with the leaders of the other devastated and war-weary nations to establish some kind of mechanism to guarantee that there would be lasting world peace for a couple of months while everybody developed better weapons. It was this idealistic hope that gave birth to a noble organization that has survived and flourished to this day, an organization that affords an opportunity for representatives of virtually every nation on the globe to gather together for the purpose of freely and openly using their diplomatic license plates to violate New York City parking regulations. We refer, of course, to THE UNITED NATIONS.
The United Nations consists of two main bodies.
But despite the presence of this potent force for peace, trouble was looming between the United States and the Soviet Union.
What caused the Cold War? Why did two nations that had both spilt so much blood in a common cause suddenly become archenemies? And how come it�s acceptable to write spilt? We don�t write: �I was truly thrilt when the service-station attendant filt up my car with gasoline�, do we? Of course not! There are no service-station attendants anymore! This is just one of the grim realities that we have been forced to learn to live with in the Cold War era. But what � we are going to finish the paragraph if it kills us � caused this to come about? Respected historians agree that many complex and subtly interrelated factors were involved, which is why we never sit next to historians at parties.
Speaking of parties, the Soviet Union at this time was being run by the Communists, a group of men fierce in their dedication to wearing hilariously bad suits. Their leader was Josef Stalin (Russian for �Joey Bananas�), who had risen quickly through the party ranks on the basis of possessing a high level of personal magnetism, as measured in armed henchpersons.
Stalin�s strategy at the end of World War II was to acquire a small �buffer zone� between Russia and Germany, consisting of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Albania, and most of Germany. In an effort to garner public support in these nations, Stalin mounted a public-relations campaign built around the upbeat theme �Maybe We Won�t Have Your Whole Family Shot�, and in 1945, Eastern Europe decided to join the Communist bloc by a vote of 28,932,084,164,504,029 � to-0.