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Reader comment on item: [Symposium:] Why Does the World Hate America?
in response to reader comment: McCutcheon what are you saying?

Submitted by McCutcheon Pinckney (United States), Feb 15, 2007 at 18:50

Let me just correct your statements. You said that Russia has fought the Japanese more than us. Well if we are simply counting the number of wars, then yes, you are right. The Russians have fought two wars with the Japanese, the United States has fought one war with Japan. The first was the Russian-Japanese war of 1905, where the Japanese navy massacred the Russian Baltic fleet.

The second war was World War 2, but the Russians came into the war in 1945, and really had no impact. However, the United States fought the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. We fought them in bloody battles such as Guadacanal, Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Okinawa. We suffered about 200,000 casualties to the Japanese (the Japanese lost about 2.6 million). If we are counting the number of wars, the Russians have fought the Japanese one more time. Yet the United States fought them longer, harder, and with more sacrifice than both Russian wars combined and multiplied by 100.

Now about World War One. I would agree that France was the "main" bulwark against Germany. The Western Front was fought almost entirely on your soil, and you sacrificed honorably. The British also were a major contributer, supplying many men, supplies, etc. Most importantly, they supplied the naval force for the allies. The Russians in WW1 were, to be honest, horrendous. They were poorly equipped, fed, and led. The only advantage they had was numbers. The patheticness of the Russian leadership combined with the Czarist form of rule in Russia, led to the October Revolution.

The Germans on the other hand, did not have the support of strong allies. The Austria-Hungary Empire was weak, and the Ottoman Empire was even worse. Germany provided the bulk of the Central Powers forces in WW1. Despite the fact that Germany was outnumbered greatly, they still managed to hold off the French, British, Russians, and Italians. When Russia collapsed, the Germans sent all of their troops from the Eastern front to the Western front. The Germans then launched a massive attack ment to break the allies and win the war. It nearly worked. The Germans were outsmarting the French and British, despite the fact that they were outnumbered.

Then the United States began to arrive. The fresh troops combined with American leadership such as General Pershing, stopped the German advance. Then we started to push the Germans back. Germany surrendered when they knew the war was lost. Now I am not discounting the French and British, or even Russian contributions to the war effort. I am saying that the United States saved the day, something that would happen again 30 years later. I will discuss the French......... and their contributions............ and the American contributions of WW2 if you would like. Oh, and by the way, you need to touch up on your english.

McCutcheon Pinckney


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