Saturday, January 18, 2014

Why ever would the U.S. distrust European governments?

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 almost resulted in nuclear war. The Soviet Union (with its capital in Europe) had without U.S. knowledge placed nuclear warheads in Cuba, was adding missiles, and began building launch sites. It was only at that point that the U.S. discovered the danger.

In 1941, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor without warning, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. They did so four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

During World War I, without a declaration of war on the United States, Germany authorized unrestricted warfare on shipping in the Atlantic and encouraged Mexico to attack the United States with a promise of assistance if Mexico did so.

If you go back further in history, the United States fought wars with England and Spain. France took over Mexico while the U.S. was preoccupied with the Civil War. As a colony, American settlers fought the French in what we call the French and Indian War (and the rest of the world calls the Seven Year War).

Isn't there a saying that those who don't know history are condemned to repeat it?

Looking at history, how long does it take for two European nations at peace with each other to decide to go to war? Aside from the fact that European nations spy on the USA (think of Britain in trying to get the USA to join it in World War II, or Russia, or even Israel) perhaps it is not surprising that the United States spies on Europe.

I am not sure I approve of the degree to which we do so, but then I am also not sure that the outrage expressed by foreign leaders is real, or if real, justified.

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