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To: DoughtyOne; wideawake

One sees precious little evidence that this “gentleman’s” views are much at variance with the rest of his government or for that matter the vast majority of the population of this benighted region.

I cannot agree with your drawing an equivalence between Europe post-WWII and the modern middle east. For one, we occupied Europe for fifty years. In a sense, we still do. Europe responded to the Marshall Plan and evolved. Maybe only because of total war, and they were finally exhausted of war and susceptible to change. Maybe the cushy welfare state we financed for them kept them fat and content. Anyway, Western Europe has avoided butchering one another for over half a century. Although, I think that is backsliding as we watch. Tribalism is on the rise in Europe as the welfare state collapses and the vestigial cultural differences are again emerging. Without an occupying power it will be interesting to see where this leads.

As for our own illustrious Premier (it seems fitting to use an honorific compatible with his political orientation) - I believe my brief comment on his opposition to the development of domestic sources of petroleum is sufficient.


41 posted on 11/16/2012 1:27:41 PM PST by SargeK
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To: SargeK
For one, we occupied Europe for fifty years

We occupied the western half. The eastern half was occupied by the Soviets -- abandoned by FDR.

66 posted on 11/16/2012 10:48:00 PM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: SargeK

You’ve got your history wrong. The Marshall Plan was garbage and meant to punish Germany. Things got going once the Plan was ended. FDR and his crony Truman were vengeful jerks who couldn’t see communism for the threat it was until it was too late.


87 posted on 11/17/2012 3:25:19 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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