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USA saved Aussie bacon as well

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Submitted by Craig Lawrie (Australia), May 8, 2003 at 00:41

G'day from Australia.

You can add to your list of countries saved or liberated by the USA - Australia/New Zealand and all the South Pacific islands (saved from the Japanese in WW2); UK (saved in WW2); France (same); most of the formerly "Western" Europe (saved in WW2 and from Communism afterwards); large chunks of South East Asia (eg Philippines) saved in WW2 and in subsequent conflicts; South Korea; parts of the Middle East (eg Kuwait) and Africa in conflicts during and since WW2.

This has been due to "direct" involvement, such as in France/Germany and the Pacific, where US forces were mainly responsible for the victories. One could also argue the "indirect" influence of the US has kept Communism in check, as well as other violent movements. As an Aussie, I mention this not to denigrate the military involvement of other countries,but it is beyond dispute that without US activity in WW2 and the years since, this world would be a much uglier place for millions.
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