2 SEP 2002
JAPANESE AND GERMAN WARFARE
The Germans and Japanese were working on taking over the World in the Second World War and had it not been for the intervention of the allied nations, they very well could have picked off the nations one-by-one until a worldwide settlement was established. The Americans would not have entered the war if Germany would have stayed within its own compounds. The Nazi party possibly could have survived, although the German citizens would have eventually tired of Hitlers ideas. The problem was the extermination of citizens and taking over of other national territory.The Japanese could have possibly had a few properties in the Pacific without the United States intervention had they not bombed Pearl Harbor. The problem with both of these countries was that they were practicing a total takeover of the world, which has lead to post-World War II doctrine that no nation will force the takeover of another nation. Prior to the 1900s, the rest of the world probably would not have taken a second look at the Iraqi takeover of Kuwait, but it is seen now that this policy will lead to further actions.
The Germans sought to gain back some recognition that was lost in the First World War, and the Nazi party promised that status. Many good things have come out of Germany, like the satellite technology that spawned the Corona Projects and eventually moved the United States ahead in the Space Race. But the Total Warfare policy is what forced the allied intervention and also the reason why the United Nations moves to oversee and limit warfare today. The method of the total extinction of all opposition can not be tolerated, and although Clausewitz taught us this method of war, it must be limited because if practiced to the end, there will be no opposition for a political agreement.
The Imperial Japanese were a country behind the times. The allied global forces that are now in control will not allow for another Alexander the Great or Julius Ceaser. The world now has grown into one organization, well almost one. The frontiers of the mankind are no longer the sea, the other side of his known land, or even the skies for that matter; and most of the world, at least most of the free-trade world, finds it of great economic value to avoid war.
The use of the atomic bomb during the final stages of World War II was a real eye-opener to the American people. Technology has finally brought us a weapon that can destroy our enemy and ourselves at the same time and that technology is still the nucleus of even todays international policies.