Adolescent Boys Lie to get what they Want
“But I do love you,” he said.
“Do you really?” she said.
“Oh, baby, I do. I really, really love you,” he said.
“That’s good because I really, really love you,” she said. “Do you have any condoms?”
“No,” he said. “But what do condoms matter when we’re in love? Especially when that love will be forever?”
“Oh, baby, I love you so much,” she said. “My parents just don’t understand. They’re just so out of it. They don’t understand love. True love. Like what we have.”
A month later she found herself pregnant. Had gonorrhea. And her best friend coincidentally had gonorrhea, too. And her ‘forever’ love? Gone. Not ‘gone’ gone. But gone as in not there with her. There’ll be a trickle of child support. But she will raise her baby with the help of her ‘out of it’ parents. Proving what liars boys are when it comes to love.
The preceding was a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone past or present is purely coincidental. The moral of this story? Boys lie to get what they want. Often with a total lack of concern for the potential consequences.
Hitler Lied to get what he Wanted
But it’s just not young men with raging hormones that lie. Others lie for far more sinister reasons. Adolf Hitler lied when he said that the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia was his last territorial claim. And Neville Chamberlain believed him. Said he and Adolf Hitler reached an agreement. He had a piece of paper. And Hitler’s word. A solid piece of diplomacy. Of course, anyone looking at a map could see East Prussia lying on the far side of the Danzig Corridor. East Prussia was German territory. But Germans traveling on land to and from there had to cross Polish territory. And with German-Polish history being what it was, there was no way that this was going to end well for Poland. Especially after Hitler took the rest of Czechoslovakia. And signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union. The Nazis had Poland surrounded. But the Sudetenland was his last territorial claim. Honest.
Yeah, well, he lied. For it was in Poland that Heinz Guderian introduced the world to blitzkrieg. The original shock and awe. Airpower cleared the way for armor assaults which cleared the way for mechanized infantry. It was fast. Guderian’s columns advanced deep into Polish territory like a hot knife through butter. All the while the Soviets protected the back door. Who agreed to split up Poland with the Nazis. So the Soviet Union was complicit in starting World War II. Chamberlain was stunned. As Stalin would be later when Hitler reneged on their agreement, too. And unleashed blitzkrieg on the Soviet Union. Proving what a big liar Adolf Hitler was.
The preceding was actual history. Any resemblance to anyone past or present was purely intentional. The moral of this story? People lie to get what they want. Often with a total lack of concern for the potential consequences.
Communists Lie to Oppress their own People
The communists are a sneaky bunch. The ultimate pragmatists. The ends justify the means. They’ll lie, steal and cheat to get whatever they want. Even make a deal with Adolf Hitler. Even though Nazis and Bolshevists were bitter enemies. Not so much in a philosophical sense as they were in practice very similar. But in a political sense. Before Hitler secured his power there were Bolshevists vying for that power in Germany. So Hitler checked the spread of the Bolshevist Revolution in Germany by blaming them for some of the crimes he committed. Like the Reichstag Fire. So there was little love between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. But Stalin couldn’t pass up all that Polish territory. Or getting the Baltic States back. Hitler knew how to sweet-talk Stalin. Offered him exactly what he wanted. Just like a boy with raging hormones will sweet-talk a girl to get what he wants. Blinded for the moment by lust. The boy blinded by his sexual lust. Stalin blinded by his power lust.
Like the Nazis, the communists had a closed society. There was no free press. Instead, they used propaganda. They lied to their people. And their school children. Rewrote history. Soviet children grew up believing that the Western life was horrible. Decadent. And hungry. The propaganda machine reported the great success of the latest 5-year plan while talking about abject poverty and famine in the West. Also, that the West were war mongers. Trying to spread their brutal imperialism against peaceful communist countries everywhere. Of course, the Soviet people couldn’t see for themselves. They couldn’t leave the USSR. They couldn’t watch Western television. Or read Western newspapers. So they had little reason not to believe the lies.
But communism didn’t bring out the best in people. In a society where everyone was ‘equal’, no one worked harder than the next guy. So Soviet society lagged Western society. And the only way they could advance Soviet society was through espionage. They stole what they could from the West. With a vast network of spies. Working outside the Soviet Union. Which presented a bit of a problem. These spies saw the truth. And that everything they learned in the Soviet school system, on Soviet television and in the Soviet newspapers were all lies. The Soviets lost quite a lot of spies who defected to a better life in the West. So the Soviets had to fix that problem. By bribing the spies with a life of luxury far greater than the average Soviet ever could imagine. Or holding family members hostage.
Cheaters Prosper unless others Cheat, Too
Putting all of this together and you can see how they complicate diplomacy. And national security. First of all, people lie. As do governments. To their own people. And to other nations. Which can make getting the truth a little more difficult. Or telling the truth to your people. In the Vietnam War, for example, the Soviets were supporting and supplying the North Vietnamese. A lot of that war material made it to South Vietnam via the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Which wound through Laos and Cambodia. Countries we were not at war with. They were ‘neutral’. But our enemies violated their neutrality. They brought war material through these neutral countries into South Vietnam where they used them to kill both civilian and military personnel in South Vietnam. And Americans. So what do you do? Ignore this? Let the enemy bring in war material unmolested via the Ho Chi Minh trail? Or do you try to stop it?
Well, the Soviets used the West’s adherence to international law against them. The Soviets, on the other hand, violated this law and lied that they were not. But the Americans just couldn’t do this. At least, they couldn’t do it officially. To protect American security interests (our South Vietnamese allies and our troops in South Vietnam), America had to cheat, then. A little. We call them black operations (i.e., black ops). Unofficial missions. Missions that ‘never happened’. Where Special Forces, CIA forces or even small units of the regular military (sometimes unknown to them) violate neutral territory to combat our enemies who were themselves violating these neutral territories. Of course, when these missions became public, the media had a field day. Protests erupted on college campuses. Providing great aid and comfort to America’s enemies. And ultimately to the abandonment of South Vietnam. And if you’re wondering how all that turned out just look at a map today. Where there is no South Vietnam.
American football is an exciting game to watch. Primarily because each team plays by the same rules. If one team could cheat no one would watch. Because everyone would know that the cheater would win. So they enforce the rules. But you can’t do that in international diplomacy. Because the international referee (i.e., the UN) is impotent. They can’t stop cheaters. So cheaters prosper. Unless others cheat, too. As in the world of black ops. Where only cheating can keep the game fair.