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  •  Rebuilding Gernmany / Japan (0+ / 0-)
    ended the cycle of wars.

    After WWI Germany was flatened, not allowed to rebuild, and made to pay repreations.  This lead to the resentment that allowed Hitler to rise to power.  This lead to WWII.

    After WWII, Germany was helped to rebuild and become part of Western Europe.  Did this hurt US manufacturing, yes.  Did not having another World War because the Germans saw no better solution to there problems benefit the US? Yes.

    You can ask the questions or provide the answers. If you are going to do both, I don't need to be in the conversation.

    by Edge PA on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 07:43:34 AM PST

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    •  that was all Cold War politics (1+ / 0-)
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      The original Morgantheau Plan for Germany and Japan did indeed advocate flattening Germany again, removing most of its industry and turning it into a pastoral agrarian society.

      The ONLY reason it wasn't carried out is because we needed a re-armed Germany as protection against a Soviet invasion of Europe.

      It was raw naked self-interest, not the goodness of our hearts of the wiseness of our foresight, that prevented us from acting the same way towards Germnay after WW2 that we had after WW1.

      •  Disagree (0+ / 0-)

        I think what you said is one of the reasons, but not the only reason.  There were people who saw the flaw in punishing Germany again.

        You can ask the questions or provide the answers. If you are going to do both, I don't need to be in the conversation.

        by Edge PA on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 08:39:36 AM PST

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