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Mark Atwood
"Never has American prestige in Europe been lower. People never tire of telling you of the ignorance and rowdy-ism of American troops, of our misunderstanding of European conditions. They say that the theft and sale of Army supplies by our troops is the basis of their black market. They blame us for the corruption and disorganization of UNRRA. They blame us for the fumbling timidity of our negotiations with the Soviet Union. They tell us that our mechanical de-nazification policy in Germany is producing results opposite to those we planned. 'Have you no statesmen in America?' they ask."

"...[I]instead of coming in with a bold plan of relief and reconstruction we came in full of evasions and apologies."

John Dos Passos, "Americans Are Losing the Victory in Europe", _Life_, Jan 7, 1946. <http://www.kultursmog.com/life-page01.htm>
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pr10n From: pr10n Date: June 3rd, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great post

That quote is causing me to think more than I wanted to this afternoon. Do you think it's indicative of some historical inability to "get" democracy on behalf on non-US nations? Ew, that sounded like LDS/non-LDS rhetoric. I shall go back to my technical writing now. Hope your headache is better.
sinanju From: sinanju Date: June 4th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great post

I think it's indicative of the reality that we're living thru a clash of cultures--and not just with the terrorist splodeydopes in Iraq and the rest of the middle east. We're clashing with a lot of the culture in Europe. And that same split is evident right here in the USA, too.

One side is trying to drain the swamp, and wrestling alligators in the process. The other side doesn't even believe that there _is_ a swamp, or believes that if there is, it's the would-be swamp drainers' fault anyhow and if they'd just stayed (or would just stay) the hell out of the swamp, they wouldn't have to worry about alligators.

That's a hell of a fundamental difference of opinion.
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