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You make me wonder, car313

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Oct 29, 2011 at 17:40

I wonder, car313, why, after World War II, did the USA stay for several years in Japan, help rebuild their country, and patiently create a representative democracy? Wouldn't it have been easier and cheaper to install an easily bribable dictator and leave? And better for the only thing we care about, profits? Why did we work so hard to create a powerful economy that competes with our own?

I wonder too, why did we expended so much effort over so many years, to turn Taiwan and South Korea from dictatorships into democracies. Because we're driven by one and only one concern, profits? Really? Taiwan and South Korea, with their talented, largely American educated scientists and MBA's compete with us and cut into our profits. But we don't seem to mind.

After World War II, West Germany became a rebuilt, thriving democracy. East Germany was a hell-hole surrounded by a fence and minefields to keep people from escaping. Have you complained about the Soviets' support for that regime that antagonized the locals, was extremely oppressive and had absolutely no human rights concerns? Somehow i doubt it.

The USA did not put the Saudis into power. We didn't put Mubarak into power, nor his predecessor, nor his predecessor. The lovely Assad family of Syria and the nutcase murdering mullahs of Iran stay in power without any American support (but I suggest you blame us anyway for their bad behavior).

If we try to do business with Islamic governments, then we're propping up dictators; if we remove the most murderous of them all, then we're crusader infidels. Which insult do you like best?

Meanwhile, India only buys oil from other democracies, so as to avoid propping up dictators. Do I have that right?

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