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  • #16
    You have a point there.

    "...I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit


    • #17
      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Brit4064:
      Nope, Korea and the Vietnam wars were borne out of a belief the "Commie was out to get us" mentality, much like way the terrorist is viewed now.

      That Commie mentality has largely been dropped over the years yet there are still Communist countries and their allies out there. Do we still fear them in the same way we did back in the 1950s & 60s? I don't think so. Do you still have a fallout shelter in your yard Davdah?

      People might well be suspicious of the Communist countries, perhaps with good reason but they are not scared of them as they were back then. You couldn't have gotten much more scared than in Oct 1962 and the Cuban Missile Crisis to see that. Brink of Nuclear World War. (thank god Kennedy was in power, can you imagine what GWB would have done?).

      I think in 30yrs time, the world will look back and see 911 and the fallout from it in a similar way as we do now looking back. After all, terrorist organizations sometimes do reform or simply disintegrate when they realize nothing can be gained by terror. You only have to look at the IRA and Baader-Meinhof to see that. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
      The Korean War, or the Korean Civil War as some Koreans call it, is completely different than Vietnam in how the U.S. got involved. Fear of communism was one aspect that most common civilians could identify, while other reasons were more prevalent and relevant. Remember, the country called the Democratic Peoples of North Korea attacked a Sovereign nation called the Republic of Korea. In it, U.N. forces, including the United States, Great Britain, Australia, etc, helped defend a struggling nation.

      U.S. got involved in Vietnam because of Charles de Gualle and his monstrous colonial policy. The U.S. agreed to take over the French Indo china area of influence in exchange for France to become part of NATO. In the end, the Vietnam War is many things to many people who both served and not served.

      In either case, depsite how the U.S. got involved and the reasons why, this was neccessary at a time when Communism was identified with violent, geocidal revolutionary ideas that tend to spread throughout the world. but today, China, and other former Soveit Bloc countries, have changed so drasticlally without the need of military intervention because the leaders sought change first. however, if you look at Russia, which is reverting back to the days of Stalin, you see only suspicion in Western Idealism, not openness or compromise.

      As for 9/11, Americans see that event much the same way as Europeans see 11/9/1989. I am not saying that everything happened after 9/11 would be viewed favorably, but that is how American Historians would tend to view 9/11. Otherwise, we are back into the "one man's terrorist and another man's freedom fighter" mantra.
      "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre


      • #18
        <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Their research, published in the journal Science, indicates that people who are sensitive to fear or threat are likely to support a right wing agenda.

        Those who perceived less danger in a series of images and sounds were more inclined to support liberal policies. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


        • #19
          One of the most fearless men known in the history of mankind famously exclaimed once that he wouldn't be afraid to be a coward if it was in his interests.

          But "study" is dubious.

          "...I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit


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