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Author: TriSec    Date: 06/15/2024 12:21:00

Good morning.

It never ends, does it? Let's consider something from history that had little to do with the North American Colonies at the time.

It's the "Eighty Years War".

The Eighty Years' War or Dutch Revolt (c. 1566/1568–1648) was an armed conflict in the Habsburg Netherlands between disparate groups of rebels and the Spanish government. The causes of the war included the Reformation, centralisation, excessive taxation, and the rights and privileges of the Dutch nobility and cities.

We didn't even exist yet in the early years. 1607 for Virginia, and 1620 for Massachusetts in that regard. The last phase of that conflict bears a distinct name, the "Thirty Years War", taking place between 1621-1648.

The years 1621–1648 constituted the final phase of the Eighty Years' War (c. 1568–1648) between the Spanish Empire and the emerging Dutch Republic. It began when the Twelve Years' Truce (1609–1621) expired, and concluded with the Peace of Münster in 1648.

Although the Dutch and Spanish were both involved in opposite sides of the War of the Jülich Succession (June 1609 – October 1610; May–October 1614) in Jülich-Cleves-Berg, they carefully avoided each other, and thus the hostilities never spread back into the Habsburg Netherlands, and the truce held firm.[54] Nevertheless, attempts to negotiate a definitive peace also failed, and the war resumed as anticipated in 1621. Essentially, it became a side theatre of the wider Thirty Years' War that had already broken out with the Bohemian Revolt in 1618 in eastern parts of the Holy Roman Empire (Bohemia and Austria), pitting Central Europe's Protestant Union against the Catholic League, although the two conflicts never fully merged.

It appears that no fighting ever took place in North America during this conflict.

OK, great TriSec, so what's your point?

This observation comes from one of our adversaries, via Chinamil.com (Yeah, I know.) But they state my point succintly in ways that perhaps no American can.

The United States has always regarded itself as an exceptional nation – and an example for others to follow.

Most Americans think of their country as a beacon of goodness admired around the world. Former president Ronald Reagan once described the U.S. as a "shining city on a hill," "teeming with people of all kinds, living in harmony and peace."

But the truth is, most Americans won't see themselves the way others do. Where Americans see "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," others see a nation that has fought for unfair interests and unjustified values.

Americans have forgotten or are unaware of the people who suffered in helping to build the U.S. into a global power.

And they don't realize that their country has almost always been at war.

At any given time, most Americans couldn't identify the countries where U.S. troops are fighting on a map – let alone explain why they are engaged in conflict.

Since 1776, the U.S. has only been at peace for 17 years.

American colonists took up arms against Britain to win independence. European settlers then wiped out North America's indigenous people in order to expand westward.

There were an estimated 10 million native people living on the continent when the settlers arrived. By 1900, the estimated indigenous population was less than 300,000.

In an almost unbroken stream of wars and fighting, the U.S. expanded from 13 colonies to 50 states.

The U.S. has also annexed or conquered five territories. It has military bases in about 80 foreign countries and territories. Since 1776, the U.S. has been at peace for just one out of every 20 years.

Why is the U.S. always fighting?

Why indeed? There might be no direct answer to that in all our years. I can maybe point to one thing that a former general warned us about in his farewell address.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be might, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. . . . American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. . . . This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. . . .Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. . . . In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Eisenhower knew better than anybody. Before WWII, America was still mostly agrarian. Sure, we had technology and manufacturing, but it was during the war that we transformed into that great industrial engine of victory. In all those years since, however, we have never truly returned to a "civilian" economy. That military-industrial complex is the driver of our nation today, and has been for the past eighty years.

So circling back, that comparison to the Eighty Years War is not so far-fetched. We did just commemorate the anniversary of Operation Overlord, which was indeed eighty years ago. (Although our current state of war can be traced back to 7 December 1941).

Next up on the list would be the "Hundred Years War" (actually 116 years). But given our current state, the United States does have a real chance to equal or surpass the Reconquista, which lasted an astonishing 781 years.

If the Republic can survive after this November, that is.

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