Re: War Support Ebbs

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 07:16:01 MST

Amara Graps wrote:
> While you are congratulating yourselves on how the American government
> has every right to continue its current path ...
> I would like to point out that there are meters and meters of blood
> underneath the soil here in Europe, and Europeans do *not* want a
> World War III. And this is what they see the current American path
> leading to. I don't think that many Americans have a deep
> understanding of this fact of the pools of blood here. There will come
> a point, in the not-to-near-future when the Europeans say "I'm sorry,
> we won't help you fight your war."

I seem to recall a time when we were saying the same thing to Europe. We
had fought a massive, industrialized war on our own soil a mere 50 years
prior and were in no mood to sustain similar losses. We pretended that
we were more 'civilized' in our pacifism, that we were "Too proud to
fight" (Woodrow Wilson), and that the belligerent nations were
destroying the world in their incessant waste of natural resources to
feed their seemingly permanent war economies. Many here in the US
claimed that both sides were morally equivalent (i.e. not very) in their
abhorrence of human dignity, and that the British Empire had 'asked for
it' by its centuries long domination of other nations and the world's
oceans. Those that claimed the Austro-Hungarian empire and its German
allies were despotic regiemes that ruled their serfs with fear and
terror were called 'unsophisticated' and unable to appreciate the
history and culture of central europe.... anything here starting to
sound familiar?

Mike Lorrey

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