Could The United States Fight And Win World War II Again?

12 02 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Can Americans fight and win a “two-front war” today against China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s KGB-trained killer Vladimir Putin, and our other enemies globally who are bent on the destruction of the United States as a nation?  In World War II, we fought a multiple-front war against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in Europe and the Middle East, and against Imperial Japan in the Pacific.  The United States and our allies won, and obtained the unconditional surrender of their axis of evil.

Since then, other wars have been fought and arguably “lost” by the United States.  The Korean War ended in a stalemate, with that country being divided as it is now.  The Vietnam War was “won” by the United States militarily, but lost by its politicians in Washington, D.C., who gave it to the North Vietnamese.  After seizing Kuwait, Iraq was invaded by the United States in “Operation Desert Storm,” during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.  Then, after we were attacked on 9/11, his son embarked on senseless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Iraq alone, more than 5,000 Americans died and many more were maimed, and trillions of dollars were wasted, for nothing.  President Joe Biden just withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving Americans behind, as well as those who had helped us.  This humiliating defeat has encouraged both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to threaten Ukraine, Taiwan and elsewhere.[2]

Are we on the cusp of World War III, a multiple-front war that might be devastating for our future?  A chilling thought, especially at a time when our nation seems divided like at no other time since our Civil War.  And if we are attacked militarily, would we have time to build up our forces and war production like we did after Pearl Harbor was attacked?

So many mothers are balking about being forced to have their kids vaccinated to potentially ward off China’s deadly Coronavirus and its mutations.  How would they react if their daughters and sons were drafted into the military?  And would any Americans feel comfortable being led by Joe Biden—whose mental powers are suspect, at the very least—Kamala Harris[3] and a “woke” military hierarchy?  Also, check your laptops and other devices that you depend on, and note that most are made in China or contain essential components from China.

Realize too that our nation’s military command and control center in Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain was quietly “updated” in recent years, inter alia, to respond to a nation-ending EMP attack that would shut down America almost overnight, and might be much more devastating than a nuclear attack.[4]  And what about our satellites, which circle the globe and provide us with essential communications technology that we take for granted?

Yes, Putism will not outlive Putin.[5]  But his voyeurism to maintain control of Russia while he is alive may have dangerous repercussions for us.  And China’s Mao Tse-tung was directly responsible for an estimated 30-40 million deaths between 1958 and 1960, as a result of what Mao’s regime hailed as the “Great Leap Forward.”[6]  Today, is China’s leadership prepared to lose millions of its own citizens to achieve global domination?  After all, it has used tactical EMP weapons to “fry” Indian soldiers in its border war with that country; and it has imprisoned approximately 1 million ethnic minorities including the Uyghurs.

If World War III begins, will it follow a trajectory similar to World War I, where a single spark or miscalculation might ignite it?  Will the chain of events move so rapidly that we are quickly overwhelmed?  After all, Americans and our allies have been weakened already—physically, mentally, morally and economically—by China’s Coronavirus and related factors.[7][8]  Or will God protect us, at a time when many Americans have turned their backs on God?[9]

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© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/01/27/ (“Will Putin Seize Ukraine, And If So When?”)

[3]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/brain-dead-joe-biden-has-picked-willie-browns-ho-as-our-next-president/ (“Brain Dead Joe Biden Has Picked Willie Brown’s Ho As Our Next President”)

[4]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/emp-attack-only-30-million-americans-survive/ (“EMP Attack: Only 30 Million Americans Survive”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_Mountain_Complex (“Cheyenne Mountain Complex”)

[5]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”)

[6]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%E2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%E2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”)

[7]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/timothy-d.-naegele.pdf (Timothy D. Naegele, “The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them”) and https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/02/01/science/covid-deaths-united-states.html (“U.S. Has Far Higher Covid Death Rate Than Other Wealthy Countries”) and https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-covid-death-toll-tops-fall-peak-and-is-higher-than-other-wealthy-countries-and-global-deaths-climb-9-in-latest-week-11643817275 (“U.S. COVID death toll tops fall peak and is higher than in other wealthy countries, as global deaths climb 9% in latest week”) and https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/28/the-new-bapoint2-omicron-subvariant-is-already-circulating-in-half-of-us-states.html (“The new BA.2 omicron subvariant is already circulating in half of U.S. states”) and https://news.yahoo.com/us-covid-doc-burned-011126118.html (“US Covid doc: We are ‘burned out'”) and https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/style/self-care/covid-pandemic-aging.html (“Too Young to Feel So Old”)

[8]  Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written in an article entitled “Stress Test for a Fading Superpower”:

[A]s we went crusading for a new world order, Vladimir Putin’s Russia gradually recovered from its crushing Cold War defeat, and China began to move out of America’s shadow to become the most powerful rival modern America had ever faced.

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After President Joe Biden’s humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ukraine is the site of the latest challenge, triggered by Russia’s deployment of some 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders.

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If we would not fight Russia on behalf of Ukraine, why would we go to war with China to defend the independence of Taiwan, when, 50 years ago this month, President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger declared Taiwan to be “a part of China”?

. . .

North Korea has become a full-fledged nuclear power with intercontinental ballistic missiles that can hit the USA. Russia’s armed forces are more imposing than they were two decades ago. China has swept past every rival power to the United States, while America’s allies are less powerful and less united behind it.

Meanwhile, America has run up a national debt larger than the entire U.S. economy. Its trade deficits are at record levels. Its borders are being overrun by migrants from all over the world. And its disposition to intervene, engage and fight for democracy has rarely been lower.

The global stress test of the last superpower is on, and it is not likely we will pass it with a grade as high as the one we had earned by the Cold War’s end.

See https://buchanan.org/blog/stress-test-for-a-fading-superpower-159077 (“Stress Test for a Fading Superpower”)

[9]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/what-and-where-is-god/ (“What And Where Is God?”)


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12 02 2022
RayUSA

Perhaps the answer to your question; “Could We Fight and Win Another World War II Again?” can be found in Afghanistan, where approximately 85,000 Taliban basically defeated U. S. military forces after 20 years of combat. Fighting a conventional war ‘over there’ on Russia’s or China’s turf would be virtually unthinkable.

Back at the outbreak of WW II, although America was still feeling the pains of the Great Depression, we were nevertheless a solvent nation financially. Today, the Federal Government’s ‘official’ debt is over $30 TRILLION, with another $100+ trillion in off budget obligations. In a very real sense, we are bankrupt financially. Could we even afford such an endeavor without massive inflationary policies that would be needed to support such an effort?

Do we have the moral fiber to fight another major war? Look around you. Take a look at America’s youth; for the most part, they are basically lazy, overweight, disconnected to our bedrock values and history, poorly educated, spoiled, etc. Consider the utter chaos in many of our major cities, where lawlessness seems to be the rule.

Compare this current generation to that which went off to fight in Europe and the Pacific. Is there even a remote comparison? Does our current nation compare to that of pre-WWII?

Tim … sorry for being so pessimistic, but we are in a classic state of decay as a nation and that decay runs very deep. In my opinion, should a major war break out, it would end in a catastrophe for us. My sense is that we will continue to slide and will be forced to continue to capitulate to despotic nations such as China, similar to what happened to the British Empire after the disaster of World War I.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

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12 02 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Ray, for your thoughtful and challenging comments as always.

First, we love this country and want it to succeed. I meet Hispanics who have been here for seemingly ages, and who work harder than others to stay afloat financially. They fill Catholic Churches in a multi-generational way that is truly impressive.

I know American blacks who have served in our military and are still “serving” today. Chaos in our cities is an anathema to them.

Other ethnic groups love this country as much as any American, and they don’t want to see it torn apart.

And yes, I write about the thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups who have burned our cities; killed or hurt innocent Americans including our police; and destroyed black and other businesses.

The individuals whom I have mentioned are repulsed by such lawlessness; and by the “deification” of thugs like George Floyd.

Are these Americans the exception, or are they the “Silent Majority” who are working hard to stay afloat financially, and take care of their families? Years ago, I wrote an article here about such Americans, and I have not changed my views about them.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/america-a-rich-tapestry-of-life/ (“America: A Rich Tapestry Of Life”)

What does any of this mean to the future of the United States? Totalitarian systems such as the Soviet Union are “facades,” which is why they collapse.

I was in Berlin when the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union collapsed. Soviet solders were selling their uniforms and plumbing fixtures from their barracks, and going back to “tent cities” in the USSR.

Putin and his cronies have stolen billions from the Russian people; he has amassed a fortune that exceeded $70 billion years ago; and a Versailles-like mansion has been built for him near Sochi.

His escapades in Georgia, Crimea and Ukraine are intended to keep him in power, and his corrupt regime afloat. His relationship with China’s Xi Jinping is a matter of convenience; and when Putin goes, Russia will likely implode, with China seizing energy-rich Siberia, which it covets.

To stop Putin now, without embarking on a war, Russia must be crushed economically, or that likelihood must become crystal clear to Putin.

Russia’s access to the SWIFT banking system must be cut off; and all assets of Putin and his cronies must be seized, wherever they are located.

In short, Joe Biden (or his advisers) must “come alive” and twist the screws with respect to Putin.

Lastly, I anticipate that the Democrats will lose the Congress in November; and knowing this is probable, both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping may act decisively between now and then.

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12 02 2022
H. Craig Bradley

THE FUTURE OF AMERICA: SELF-SUFFICIENCY AT ALL LEVELS

The future of America lies with its people or at least, some of them at the community level (working level), sure not in Washington, D.C. The theme for our future must become Self-Sufficiency at all levels: the community level and to the extent possible, national level, as well.

I predict after the next major war only a remanent of Americans will survive to carry-on our traditions and values. They may be scattered about like the survivors or past civilizations that collapsed. It need not be even half of today’s population. Many are just not worth it and we should just let them go ( to their own devices, as they say). We need to build our own “Arch” like Noah did in his time of trouble. Again, the theme of self-sufficiency at the family and community levels.

Americans need to reinvent the basis for their past freedoms and independence: self-sufficiency at the family and community levels first. We all need to produce our own essentials for life locally, regionally, or at least nationally if we expect to survive the hard times ahead. Few are yet prepared and none are truly “ready” at this stage. We are in-trouble and our time fast is running-out.

China has structured their economy to be self-sufficient. However, they still must import energy from abroad, principally thermal coal for electricity. China is also dependent on oil imports from the Middle East, as they have so little of it domestically. So, the Chinese military must secure these foreign natural resources for their exclusive use. Therefore, future CONFLICTS OVER ESSENTIAL RESOURCES MAY BE THE PATHWAY TO THE NEXT WORLD WAR FOR THE U.S. more likely than not.

America is far too socially and politically divided today and import dependent for cheap consumer goods to be independent or remotely ready for a major war with anyone other than a weak, foreign country with no navy or air force to speak of, such as Iraq or Afghanistan. Try going against a major power with ground forces, air forces, and naval forces. We would probably be wiped-out faster than Poland was on Sept. 1, 1939 by the Germans.

Today, the United States is woefully unprepared for a major war with China or even Russia. We are politically WEAK !! ( All our enemies clearly know this). By 2025 and onward, existing global economic conflicts and strains will probably result in International Wars. As was the case in 1939, we remain inward looking (provincial) and totally unprepared. We won’t have time to become ready if shinola happens either. Today’s modern weaponry will finish a war faster than you can say “Superbowl”. ( Days to weeks, not years anymore) Things happen fast these days. We are dithering ( Fiddling while Rome Burns).

Historian Will Durant said it best:

“A Great Civilization is Not Conquered from Without Until if First Destroys ITSELF from within”. America has been proceeding with the latter in recent years with abandon.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.azquotes.com%2Fauthor%2F4236-Will_Durant&psig=AOvVaw32XoPmvzuMBzFYMnmXadp3&ust=1644791363736000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAgQjRxqFwoTCKC4sP2b-_UCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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12 02 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments as always.

I believe the United States is greater than Brain Dead Joe Biden and Willie Brown’s ho Kamala Harris, as well as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Don’t ask me to be too precise, but I believe we will survive the lot of them, as well as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

It may be like “threading a needle,” but somehow I believe it will happen. And I believe we will come together as a nation.

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday; and many of us will watch two excellent NFL teams playing in Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. Each of us may favor one team over another, and have our favorite players. But the game is America at its best.

We will surmount the totalitarian regimes of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, just as the Soviet Union is dead and buried, and Mao Tse-tung is long gone.

See also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10507409/NBC-exec-admits-difficult-Olympics-Beijings-week-slides-record-lows-2018.html (“NBC sports boss admits Beijing winter Olympics ratings have flopped after 50% drop in viewers from summer games as viewers reject Communist China as host”)

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14 02 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

See also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10510145/Russian-state-media-begins-propaganda-push-amid-fears-Ukraine-invasion-imminent.html (“A pretext for war? Russian TV propagandists claim ‘thousands of civilians have been tortured and savagely killed’ by Ukraine amid invasion fears – and Moscow threatens to FIRE on US ships in its waters after submarine row”) and https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-ukraine-attack-by-end-week/ (“Russian units near Ukraine moved into ‘attack positions,’ U.S. official says”) and https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-is-closing-kyiv-embassy-relocating-diplomatic-operations-to-western-ukraine-11644864455 (“U.S. Is Closing Kyiv Embassy, Relocating Diplomatic Operations to Western Ukraine”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10515943/Ukraine-hit-cyber-attack-targeting-ministry-defence-banks-alleged-Russian-hybrid-war.html (“Ukraine is hit by huge cyber attack targeting the ministry of defence and several banks in suspected Russian ‘hybrid war’ hours after Putin announced ‘withdrawal'”) and https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/feb/18/pentagon-audit-says-dozens-of-potentially-dangerou/ (“Pentagon audit says dozens of potentially dangerous Afghans let loose in U.S.”)

Russia’s KGB-trained killer Vladimir Putin is a dictator, who is not governed by traditional rules or pressures. If he is not buried now like Adolf Hitler before him, his savagery may know no bounds. Indeed, the only way to end the threats to Ukraine, to the West and to the United States is to terminate Putin. The head of the snake must be severed. Nothing less will suffice.

See
https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/russias-putin-is-a-killer/ (“Russia’s Putin Is A Killer”); see also https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/02/19/whether-he-invades-ukraine-or-backs-down-putin-has-harmed-russia (“Whether he invades Ukraine or backs down, Putin has harmed Russia”–“In the event of a serious conflict, sanctions through the SWIFT banking-transactions network or on big Russian banks would cut off the financial system. Huawei-style import restrictions would cause huge difficulties for Russia’s tech firms”)

If the Biden-Harris administration fails to act decisively against Putin (e.g., because Putin has the “goods” on Biden and his son Hunter), after its humiliating defeat in and retreat from Afghanistan, China’s Xi Jinping may be emboldened to move against Taiwan and elsewhere.

Putin has robbed the Russian people consistently. Despite being a “public servant” all of his life, he amassed a fortune that exceeded $70 billion as of a number of years ago; and a Versailles-like mansion has been built for him near Sochi.

See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin%27s_Palace (“Putin’s Palace”)

Hitler’s massive atrocities must never be ignored or minimized. But he built the Autobahn that was the forerunner of America’s freeways; the “people’s car” or Volkswagen; and launched the space program, with German engineers like Wernher von Braun who helped jumpstart America’s entry into space.

See, e.g., https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobahn (“Autobahn”) and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen (“Volkswagen”) and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun (“Wernher von Braun”)

While some might rue the day that freeway congestion began, they have changed our lives. Similarly, the summer after my wife and I were married, we traveled 15,000 miles throughout Europe in a small but reliable VW Beetle, sleeping in campgrounds because that was all we could afford.

Later, I had a VW convertible; and after that, a VW Vanagon Westfalia, which was the forerunner of cheap but dependable campers.

Years after landing on the Moon, America’s space vehicles explore the surfaces of other distant planets and solar systems. And our satellites circle the globe, providing cellphone and other capabilities that we take for granted.

Next, when Stalin’s Soviet forces overran Berlin at the end of World War II, an estimated 2 million German women were raped, the largest mass rape in human history. I had a secretary who was a young girl growing up in Berlin when it happened. All she would say is that what she had witnessed was “unspeakable.”

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%e2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%e2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”)

Lastly, Putin was trained by the KGB to kill, not negotiate.

See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10526653/Ukraine-crisis-Leaders-head-Munich-security-conference.html (“Putin will oversee launch of ballistic missiles in nuclear drill TOMORROW – as Moscow claims 9,000 civilians have died in Ukraine ‘genocide’ and Russia’s invasion plan is revealed by UK intelligence”) and https://www.cbsnews.com/news/havana-syndrome-60-minutes-2022-02-17/ (“Unexplained injuries similar to previous ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases afflicted U.S. officials on White House grounds”)

And the ideal that Willie Brown’s ho Kamala Harris has been sent to reassure our allies, after she did nothing to stem the flow of illegal aliens at our southern border, must be “frightening” to Putin.

See, e.g., https://www.reuters.com/world/us-vp-harris-meet-nato-chief-munich-friday-2022-02-18/ (“U.S. VP Harris warns ‘severe consequence’ for Russia in meeting with NATO chief”) and https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/02/18/russia-ukraine-arrest-assassination-invasion/ (“Russia Planning Post-Invasion Arrest and Assassination Campaign in Ukraine, U.S. Officials Say”)

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21 02 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10536311/Biden-phones-Zelensky-gathers-National-Security-team-Putin-speech.html (“Putin orders ‘peacekeeping forces’ into two pro-Russian regions in eastern Ukraine after Biden hit them with sanctions: Vlad says Ukraine ‘is a US colony with a puppet regime that could soon have WMD'”)

Brain Dead Joe’s response to Russia’s KGB-trained cold-blooded killer Vladimir Putin is weak and pathetic, and invites the tragic invasion of Ukraine, and countless deaths.

Putin learned his craft of killing in the DDR, or East Germany, and is as vicious as Hitler or Stalin, and may be their alter ego or heir. This must never be forgotten.

Will Putin use Babi Yar-like killing techniques in Ukraine?

See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babi_Yar (“Babi Yar”)

China may be emboldened to attack Taiwan savagely; and Americans may be faced with a two-front war.

Has World War III begun in earnest? Is this what Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats have given to the United States and the American people?

Will we survive?

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/12/could-the-united-states-fight-and-win-world-war-ii-again/ (“Could The United States Fight And Win World War II Again?”); see also https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-eastern-ukraine-life-under-russian-shelling-becomes-untenable-for-many-11645447028 (“In Eastern Ukraine, Life Under Shelling by Russian-Backed Forces Becomes Untenable for Many”)

Also, the attacks on us by Putin and/or China have begun already — in addition to China’s Coronavirus:

“Officials who suffered ‘Havana Syndrome’ symptoms discuss experiences,” https://mol.im/a/10536817

Lastly, no environmentalist should ever forget that Putin’s USSR gave Chernobyl to the world in Ukraine already.

See, e.g., https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster (“Chernobyl disaster”)

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