Chile South Korea Japan Great Britain Ireland Thailand Greece Saudi Arabia Phillipines Australia
Countries that were client states but now are trying to determine their own hegemony (economic, at least)
Germany (Western at the time)
Russia China Vietnam Cuba Cambodia North Korea
and formerly non-client countries
Poland Bulgaria Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia Romania
Just a short list, but simply to make a point. One can look at U.S. intervention in, say, Greece. Papandreau is elected, and he’s not a communist, but he’s not “our guy” to use Clinton’s words. Military coup ensues and right wingers rule. In a vacuum, America’s part in overturning a democratic Greece is shameful. But in the long run the people of Greece are better off than those in Bulgaria. Whether Greece would have fell under the iron curtain had we not intervened, well, they didn’t know at the time. If the ONLY reason America allowed South Korea, or France to be kept from incorporation into the USSR was so we could have a market to buy and sell stuff (and a populace to “enslave”), so be it. The freedom you enjoyed in France, Scottie, would not have been available had not the U.S. meddled in international affairs.
Posted at 11:12 pm by Johnny B
|Posted by BP @ 01/26/2005 10:08 PM PST|
|Scottie, you there? Haven’t heard from you in a while.|
|Posted by Jordan @ 01/27/2005 10:13 PM PST|
|Posted by BP @ 01/28/2005 10:05 AM PST|
|HE LIVES! Hello Jordan. We don’t hear from you in for a month and your comment is exactly one word.