Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

 I'll question the whole "defending the Homeland thing," though.

Pearl Harbor? Yeah, they bombed it. We lost a lot of people. California was threatened, I guess. Maybe. I don't think the US was threatened, though, as a nation.

Maybe. Mostly, though, it was the idea that the entire WORLD was threatened -- the US was threatened -- for the last time, really -- as a member of the community of the world.

I miss that -- being a part of the community of the world.

If I can't rant, I don't want to be part of your revolution

by Maryscott OConnor (myleftwing@gmail.com) on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 08:12:05 PM EST
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I think it was a question of time-If Europe/Asia/Africa go into the hands of the Axis we are pretty screwed in many ways that would threaten us as a nation.  Nevermind the likelihood that the Germans would have figured out the Atom bomb and that would about have done it.

My biggest problem with WWII is that it is such a unique example that too many wrong-headed lessons are taken from it.  A Hitler comes along rarely, and almost never in conjunction with the opportunity to lead a state like Germany in the throes of dire poverty and its own cultural war.  What was Germany-50 years old as a unified state then?  My biggest problem with WWII and our stance in it is that we could have done more to prevent it, but it really was out of our hands mostly.

I too miss the community of the world.  I felt like we were just getting it back after Vietnam and the evil buffoon knowingly kicked it away to the cheers of an astoundingly high proportion of Americans.  To me that is really shameful.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 08:23:18 PM EST
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