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Submitted by The Masked Lobbyist (United Kingdom), Apr 28, 2010 at 15:43

Dear Mr Pipes,

I disagree with your opposition to the scale of the US embassy in Iraq, and hope a similar structure could be built in London for exactly the very balanced reasons that give you pause. Europe relapses. For example, there was a Restoration here in Britain, and the French have nearly given away their republic a number of times. Only Americans are showing consistent resistance to the insidious seductions of monarchy and aristocracy. Some people trust the US to preserve democracy and freedom, and cannot share your eminently cogent reservations about appearances. The alternatives are greater evils. It has been a long time since you faced down a monarchist enemy as inveterately corrupt and perverted as the British. If there has been change here, the American revolution was the catalyst. A world without a free United States is a dark and ugly counterfactual. Despite how some would characterize it, I doubt America is an evil empire. On the contrary; I believe it achieves nationhood in defeating one.


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