Wilson-Russia“On April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring that ‘a state of war exists between the United States and the Imperial German Government’.” Europe Since 1914, (Appelton, 1957)

On April 2, 1917, in a Message to Congress, Wilson voiced his support for the revolution that had just taken place in Russia: “Does not every American feel assurance has been added to our hope for the future of this world by the wonderful and heartening things that have been happening within the last few weeks in Russia?” Russia was known by those who knew it best to have been always in fact democratic at heart, in all the vital habits of her thought, in all the intimate relationships of her people that spoke their natural instinct, their habitual attitude towards life. The autocracy that crowned the summit of her political structure, long as it had stood and terrible as was the reality of its power, was not in fact Russian in origin, character, or purpose; and now it has been shaken off and the great, generous Russian people have been added in all their naive magesty and might to the forces that are fighting for freedom in the world, for justice, and for peace. Here is a fit partner for our League of Honor.”

Few indeed are those, from the plundering classes, who are willing to admit that U.S. involvement in the Great War, and the Russian Revolutions of 1917 were mistakes. Perhaps the millions of lives, and trillions of dollars, lost makes them feel good about themselves. So the disorder continues, with the U.S. now supporting the disruptors in Syria and Ukraine.

Artwork: Boris Kustodiev, Merchant’s Wife at Tea, 1918