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  •  so the US should have stayed out of WWI? (0+ / 0-)

    the consensus is that the US tipped the balance and helped push the Axis powers back and trigger a revolution in Germany. Ending that war was a positive. The peace that followed did not work mainly because of Republicans in the US congress failing to support things like joining the League of nations... and Britain and France insisting on the overly punitive peace treaty with Germany...

    But the long term bad results of WWI did not stem from helping end it... and the ending brought about an overdue toppling of many monarchies and some modernization politically... a mixed result with many nations taking the long way to democracy via fascist or communist regimes...

    But in the final analysis the US did have to go in - the developments that led to WWII could not have been foreseen and the two wars in the larger sense were part of the evolution from imperial and colonial world systems...

    Staying out of WWI would probably led to a stalemate among the combatants at best and worse a Germany forcing France to sue for peace on terms that would have been problematical for future world peace but differently than it turned out... no league of nations attempt etc... and the longer term economic and political landscape allowed to linger longer in empire and colonialism... with a different possibly more dangerous trajectory for the Soviet Union... with the US a neutral bystander with less influence and slower development.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 02:28:40 PM PDT

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    •  You a time agent or something? (1+ / 0-)
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      arendt much conjecture and hypothetical in your comment.

      I take it you didn't read the piece, and if you did and that's what you took from it, bummer.


      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 02:35:45 PM PDT

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