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Europeans should read history

August 7, 2008

The Europeans aren't just unhappy with George Bush; they are not pleased with the rest of us. They feel we are involved in too many places around the world as in this case Iraq. Is it possible that they have forgotten they would be speaking German if it wasn't for us? Is it possible they have not accounted for their own history?

France; Remember the Empire of Charlemagne. That Empire included Western and Central Europe. His were wars of conquest. The French take so much pride in Napoleon. His were also wars of conquest. Under both leaders the French army killed a lot of people.

Britain; Beginning with the rein of Queen Elizabeth, Britain embarked on a war of conquest that acquired 20 percent of the world land mass and control of 500 million people. That effort meant the elimination of former rulers and armies. The British Empire lasted over 400 years.

Italy; A series of wars of conquest resulted in the Roman Empire it lasted almost five centuries. The Roman Emperors were known for not being benevolent dictators. The Roman Legions were a military force unmatched at the time.

Germany; Let us not forget Keiser Wilhelm, his Prussian Army unified Germany. He fought wars against Austria, Denmark and France. In WWI Germany was given credit for the cruelty of the conflict. Germany's war for domination of Western Civilization WWll resulted in the deaths of millions of people, death camps were part of it. U.S. causalities in that war were tens of thousands in Europe.

A few years ago at a gathering in England the Archbishop of Canterbury asked Sectary of State Colin Powell if George Bush's entry into Iraq the start of his colonial ambition. Colon Powell responded, "No, the only land the U.S. asks of those we help is enough land to bury those brave solders we are unable to bring home."

After the U.S. War of Independence, the wars we have fought have been defensive or wars of liberation not of conquest. Our wars of liberation were wars intending to save people from domination or oppression. Were our efforts always successful? No, but our intentions were honorable. Reviewing the history of the Europeans we shouldn't let them lay a guilt complex on us. They should be the ones with a guilt complex.

Russell Means

Leewood

Comments

aculbertson 6 years, 2 months ago

While I wholeheartedly agree with the authors declarations, I believe his misquote of Secretary Powell and the misspelling/typo of his first name (Colin) are major detractors.

The quote you refer to is this:

"We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works."

http://web.archive.org/web/20050223091222/http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Remarks+from+Colin+Powell,+US+Secretary+of+State

Thank you, Drew Culbertson

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