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Reader comment on item: [Symposium:] Why Does the World Hate America?
in response to reader comment: History Lesson.

Submitted by Yannick Declerck (Belgium), Nov 10, 2006 at 11:34

Hello again,

I thought I'd finally comment back on your last post. Not that I didn't know what to say but since you said you'd write more, I waited patiently. So, are you or are you not going to elaborate more?

First of all, you said the United States were stronger than the other allies (except USSR). No disagreement here. Britain, France and others hadn't recovered from the First World War yet so it comes as no surprise that all of them together were weaker than America.

The contribution of America was a major one, no disagreement there either. However, afterwards it had given rise to the believe that America won the war, perhaps with a little help from "its allies". Truth is that everyone helped. Even just a little bit meant a few more Jews could be saved, a few more Nazis could be killed.

IF you saved the world, than you surely didn't do it because you really meant it, otherwise you would have joined earlier. Also, many people are starting to wonder why you were so obsessed of attacking Japan. Japan had spread its forces too thin and was weaker than Germany. If you had ignored the Pacific and defeated Germany first, Japan would have most likely surrendered. The victory in North Africa was also not a critical one. Just another battle that could have been avoided. I also seem to remember that the U.S. sent back ships of refugee Jews that wanted to dock in your harbors. Upon arrival in Europe again, these Jews were killed right away.

But back to your comment. You say you saved the world but if you read your own comment properly, you'll see you're contradicting yourself. "don't deny that the United States saved the world" but you also said " we HELPED put up the western front, wich HELPED spread Germany too thin" See? Germany had to send 65% of its troops to the east and 45% to the west. So, basically you fought only 45% of the Germans. If you would have had to fight all of them, you wouldn't have come out of the war the way you did now.

Europeans still apreaciate the big contribution and sacrifice the United States have made but we are mad because the story that you are being told in your schools is plain wrong.


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