This was not supposed to be a political debate, but just stating the facts.
Jeannie, great point.
Originally Posted by Jim W
Oh please, like America gives at rats a$$ about Canadians...
Thats exactly the type of comment that spreads hate and ignorance. Where did you get that information from? From real americans or your media and TV? Do you not think we would be there for you in every way if you were ever hostilly threatened by another country? you wouldnt know what that would be like and never will though b/c were right here next to you.
I admit the Bush admistrations PR
sucks big time but their intentions remain true to the form of real american courage and will to continue to protect the FREE WORLD. This adminstration has only been here 4 years, how quickly people forget the other 234 years.
C,mon now, do you really think we want to have 100,000 service men in *. Korea for 50 years? Are we being greedy? or are we bullying someone? no, we are protecting * Korea and taiwain etc... b/c the asked us to protect them. Its our duty as being the only freeworld superpower left. Do you think America forces themselves upon the innocent country or poeple thats about to get slaughtered? Whenever any country is in danger by another country who do they call? thats right the US. what you dont hear b/c your media wont report it is how eternally thankful and grateful all those countries areto us b/c we are there for them. A misunderstanding by foreigners about Americans is our passion for freedom is so strong that we are willing to risk our lives for total strangers so they can taste freedom in thier lives and the lives of thier children but the people in other free countries cant fathom risking thier life for another country, so then we're accused of having alterior motives.
My Grandfather was fortunate enough to live through World war I where he saw almost everyone of his friends die in his squad. Why were we there? b/c we were asked to help by the allies. or maybe people think were were just there to bully the Germans? My grandfather was crippled and nearly deaf from saving Frances ***, and even though we gave a HUGE sacrifice of 100 of thousands of American servicemens lives to save some strangers in a strange land, my grandfather was damn proud of his country and the role he played to liberate france. thats how Americans feel. I am actually grateful hes not around now to see the France of today, it would break his heart. My father was in the Navy in the Korean 'war' from 50-53, risking his life for 3 years on a ship to keep really bad people from killing millions of innocent people. Does anyone that wasnt affected by this war give a Rats A$$? most likely not.
Do you really think we, the american people, want to have 120,000+ of our dearly beloved in Iraq? If the UN had any backbone, they would have removed him from government when he murdered 100,000s of thousands of his own people like when they backed removing Milosevic from the Balkans. The one BIG difference was that the UN wasnt siphoning millions of dollars from the Food for oil program in the balkans. They were in Iraq though. and France was a huge player in illegal oil being smuggled out of Iraq also. you will find out in the next year after the investigation is completed and Chirac is removed from office. No wonder why he didnt wnat us to go to war! We should have finishsed the job in 1991 but we decided to give poilcy a chance and for 11 years Saddam laughed at us. that policy was not to even remove him from government but just to get rid of WMDs and prove it. thats all he had to do and we would have let the Murderer continue to be president. How can any one person or country justify NOT doing something now rather then when its too late.
Here'* a brief summary of the three great wars for those of you who would rather be educated by CNN media coverage instead of studying real history in school or on your own.
True to the military alliances, Europe'* powers quickly drew up sides after the assassination. (the literal "smoking gun" that set the War in motion: a revolver used by a Serbian nationalist to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.)
The allies -- chiefly Russia, France and Britain -- were pitted against the Central Powers -- primarily Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey. Eventually, the War spread beyond Europe as the warring continent turned to its colonies and friends for help. This included the United States, which joined the War in 1917 when President Woodrow Wilson called on Americans to "make the world safe for democracy."
The odds looked bad for the Allies in 1918. With Russia knocked out of the war by revolution and the French army rocked by mutiny, Germany stopped the Allies' offensive on the Western Front. But all of Europe was running out of men; both sides were drafting old men and young boys. The Kaiser no longer had effective power, with Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff taking over.
In 1917, German U-boat attacks and German approaches to Mexico had provoked President Woodrow Wilson into a war he did not want to fight. Once in it, however, he urged the United States to "make the world safe for Democracy" and by 1918, five million American men were in uniform. In September of that year, the Doughboys went over the top and they were cut down like cornstalks. But the presence of American troops in France made a difference; the German army saw it could not win the war; thousands surrendered on the western front.
After WW I, America was into Isolationism. 80% of Americans did not want to be involve in a war overseas again. It took the bombing of pearl harbor to change that. 6 days later the germans also delcared war on us and everyone else in their way of conquering and killing. that is when United Nations formed with FDRs help. Which basically says that if you go to war with one free demcratic country, your going to war with all countries that signed the treaty.
Stupidly enough, Russia tried a hostile takeover of South Korea in 1950 using the North Korean surrogates of pyongyang to attack. Who was it that stepped int action and is still there now? thats right, the USA.
I have a 10 yr old girl and an 8 yr old boy. I worry every day about the increasing ignorance & hate the rest of the world has towards us. But still, i teach them to show love respect for all human life. Even for the people in the Mid East that are teaching their kids to hate us to the point were the kids think their only purpose in life is to kill us b/c we're not like them. When i say us, that means you to Canada! Do you think by not doing anything that 20 years time you'll be able to defend yourself from these kids that are weilding nuclear weapons with hate murder in thier eyes and more then willing to use them? I, so many times, wish we could be an isolationist country and not give a rats A$$ about Canada or any other country. But guess what, its more scary to think what would happen to this world and what would become of it for my children if we didnt get involved NOW.
The average american gives a rats *** about everyone! every race, every religion, every creed. The average american cant fathom human indignities in this day and age whether its being a communist state and a life with no hope or a brutal dictatorship where you are afraid to even speak or look someone in the eye or hostile takeover of tribal wars in the less developed countries. its really shocking that other free countries have been taught to look the other way and pretend nothings happening.
I'm running low on time so i cant go on defending America anymore today.