Compare east and west Germany, north and south Korea, Japan, east to west Europe. Freedom in the free places was bought and paid for with American lives at the great discount of America becoming an island of freedom in a world of hell.
Huh? He might want to change his handle to ‘Smug, Inaccurate and Generalizing Canadian’. Let’s have a closer look at his list:
- East and West Germany: I’m skipping this one, because he references ‘east to west Europe’, which I understand to include Germany.
- North and South Korea: Man, they’re living it up in democratic North Korea, aren’t they? It’s all fireworks and apple pies. As for South Korea, let’s not forget the other 19 nations involved besides the US.
- Japan: I’ll grant him that one, but let’s not forget about, you know, ushering in the nuclear era.
- East and West Europe: Has he forgotten about the UK and every other nation involved in the liberation of Europe? And is he actually giving the US credit for the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe? For starters, I know a few million Czech students who would disagree.
The US has enacted a number of fine, admirable international missions in the 20th century. However, what Smug Canadian fails to mention are the US’s many shameful failures, both when they intervened or when they choose not to. To start, here are some failed efforts off the top of my head:
Admittedly, in some of these cases, other nations were also involved. Regardless, America played a central role.
Now, some sins of omission, where a consistent foreign policy would have the US acting:
- North Korea
Why haven’t American lives been bought and sold to resolve the gross human rights violations and dictatorial governments in these countries? When I talk to Europeans, this is their number one complaint about American foreign policy: it’s woefully inconsistent.
Like any nation, the US serves its own self-interests. While it ostensibly invaded Korea to halt the progress of Communism, the true origins of the war are highly debatable. Oil was clearly a major concern during the first Iraq invasion. Given America’s checkered foreign policy record, shouldn’t their every act on foreign soil be scrutinized?