Monday, February 26, 2007

Andrew Roberts: A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900

Every so often I get nasty comments about America from all over the world (including from Americans). While America and Americans are not perfect, at least we try, which is more than can be said for most folk who are content to sit on the sidelines of history and take cheep pot-shots. I came across this wonderful interview at Frontpage magazine with British author and historian, Andrew Roberts, who is releasing his new book, 'A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900'. Below is a short description of America from Roberts that should act as a retort to those who love to nit-pick from the sidelines:

"The US liberated huge portions of the world from Spain at the start of the century, protected Europe from being taken over by Wilhelmine Germany in the Great War, called a unilateral moratorium on War Debts under the Dawes Plan, aided the Allies before Pearl Harbor, chose to destroy Hitlerism before Japan, mobilised more men in World War II and spent more money for victory than any other power, liberated North Africa, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Italy and Austria from the Nazis, and the Far East from the Japanese, launched the $14 Billion Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, saved Berlin from being forced into the Soviet zone of Germany in 1948, protected South Korea and Chile, attempted to her uttermost to protect South Vietnam from the murderous scourges of Communism, it reached the Moon, won more Nobel prizes per capita than any other country, discovered the cures for numerous diseases such as polio, spends more in private philanthropy than any other nation by a significant factor, financed a large part of NATO for over 60 years, masterminded ultimate victory in the Cold War under Ronald Reagan bringing democracy to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltics, and crushed Milosevic's murderous regime in Kosovo. The US is presently shouldering around 90% of the burden defending Civilisation from the lethal and unappeasable threat of Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism. It's a glorious record, and one that deserves to be lauded more by a nation that all too often deprecated the enormously beneficial world role it has played since 1900."

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1 comment:

  1. But unfortunately, Geo Bush Jr and his cronies have obliterated that legacy with abominations like Guantanamo and the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
    Did I mention that they've run the national budget down into the red so the US will barely afford to be a great power again once they get some decent leadership?


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