"At the time of the outbreak of WW2,(the rest of the world's WW2 started in 1939)
the American economy was a basket case."
Malarkey. Here's the truth: The
rest of the world was a basket case economically. America was on the way to
"Roosevelt could see the economic benefits to the US in agreeing to Churchill's
repeated pleas to join what had been until then a Commonwealth and Russian
stand against Germany, Italy and Japan. However the US President felt that given
America's domestic problems, the American people would not accept a declaration of
war, unless America was attacked, so delayed its entry, as it had done in WW1."
Malarkey. Here's the truth: Americans opposed entry in WW1 and WW2 because
of their isolationist reverence of George Washington's isolationist comments in his
Farewell Address of 1797 at the end of his presidency. Roosevelt disrespected
two of Washington's traditions: two-term presidential limit and isolation from Europe's
"You may not like the idea, but America had its own May 1989, Tiananmen
Square style uprising in the 1930s when US troops under Generals MacArthur and Eisenhower
cleared homeless and starving, protesting squatters from the parks of Washington
The tanks did not roll over the demonstrators. They cleared
the parks to prevent rioting, not to quell peaceful dissent. There is a difference.
Truman hastened the end of the war with Japan with the help of the best physics brains
assembled from around the world."
They were German and American citizens, not exactly
citizens of countries from around the world.
"It was in no one's best interest,
least of all the US, to have Germany (and the rest of Europe) and Japan a smouldering
Yes it was. That would have meant zero competition from them.
got his can do General George Marshall to get the European Recovery Plan underway
with 'aid' that both the allies and the former enemies repaid with interest."
America cancelled much of that debt.
"As a result of its WW2 involvement, the US
enjoyed unprecedented economic growth and wealth in the 1950s while the former enemies
paid war reparations and the allies paid war debts to the US while enduring food
shortages into the late 50s."
The economic growth in the 1950's was due to low
taxes and low regulations. Ditto for the 1980's.
"America's short version
of WW2 was the making of America, and those with brains and a little history knowledge
will never say any thing different. As you are prone to saying - this is a
Lies again. Here is the truth: Freedom and low taxes are the making
"As to whether the world owes the US gratitude for the way in which
the Internet is currently being administered by ICANN, a California incorporated
company as you point out - why don't you ask the posters here whether they think
it is another American triumph?"
I never said that, but you always twist the words
of those you disagree with.
"Your patriotism is laudable IA, but it is attitudes
like yours and your lack of understanding of the broader world that makes America
and Americans the targets of derision and sometimes dreadful hostility."
more understanding of world history than you do.
"My first Christmas gift to you
IA is the advice - to choose your examples well and to be a little modest."
follow your own advice, for once.