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When a Nation Goes Bad Everyone’s To Blame

The Nazi’s of Germany are broadly considered to represent the extreme evil that humankind can embody.  In response to this evil, military efforts led by the U.S. and Western Europe destroyed much of Germany.  Bombing raids destroyed civilian life in many of Germany’s largest cities, and death and destruction was visited upon its population.  Surely not every German was a Nazi, and many were likely opposed to them.  The bombs, however, did not discriminate between the true believers or those opposed, and the destruction of everyday life affected all.

There are many lessons that can be learned from studying this period in history, but one that is not too frequently discussed is how each member of a society bears real responsibility for what goes on, who leads it, and what actions it takes.  And each citizen will pay the consequences, or enjoy the benefits of the decisions of its leaders.  The U.S. is just about to begin the long run to decide who will be its next President.  It is time for we Americans to decide who will be the face of our nation to the world, and whose values and ideas will represent all of ours.

As I write this I reflect upon America’s current leadership’s seemingly desperate and maybe even reckless attempt to sign a nuclear deal at almost any cost or terms with an Iranian regime that by its own admission supports terrorism around the world, leads mass chants of “Death to America,” and is openly committed to the destruction of another nation.  If this deal is signed it will surely lead to reactions around the world, and it would be hard for America, who led the charge in making this agreement with Iran happen, to not bear significant responsibility for these aftereffects.  It is not enough for Americans, or for any nation’s citizens, to sit back and allow its leadership to drive off a cliff.  An entire nation is by definition complicit in the actions of its leadership, and will necessarily be held accountable.

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