Knight at Arms
Say the United States returned to relative isolation after the end of World War II up to the present. No Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War et cetera. Would your views of the United States be better, worse or the same?
Urlik said:it is only in America's eyes that communism is so bad.
everyone else sees it as just another political ideology with pros and cons, so it probably wouldn't matter if Korea and Vietnam had stayed unified and become communist countries.
in fact the whole world apart from the US might have become communist and had a lasting peace for the last 60 odd years
The reason many countries were afraid of the USSR after WWII is the same reason they were afraid of it before hand, the governments were comprised of middle or upper classes who feared a French Revolution style uprising of the working class. So while the government may have been ****ting itself the trade unions were telling people it was the promised worker's paradise. It's the fear of such a revolution which forced most of Europe's governments to shift to socialism.Elenmmare said:That is to say, while Communism may have been seen as just another idealogy, many countries were scared ****less of the USSR
Really depends on the extent of the isolationism. Without major involvement in the world markets then it would be impossible for America to have sustained the rapid industrialisation it underwent during both world wars, and you can't become involved in the international economy unless you're willing and able to influence things in your favour.Blodheafodban said:Simply imagine America as it is, but without the supporting of certain nations like Israel and the invading of certain nations like Iraq. Also, more extreme, America would not belong to NATO or the UN. And finally, America would also generally keep its views to itself and not condemn or support non-American happenings.
Pharaoh Llandy said:I think the rest of the world sees America thus:
He's like a big, loud college student with no Geography skills whatsoever. He arrives at your house in his huge SUV and parks it badly, half on the pavement, half on the road. He comes stomping across your nice lawn, trampling your flowers and knocking over your gnomes. He then proceeds to come into your house whether invited or not, eat all your food (complaining about how bad it tastes), drink your booze, put his feet up on the table and give you his opinion about everything. He gets easily confused, and when you don't agree with him enough he invites his 3 friends over and they turn up with their guns and proceed to blow the **** out of your garden gnomes because one of them looked at you askance, another looks a bit gay, and another was wearing suspicious headgear whilst carring a fishing rod which may or may not have been a weapon of mass destruction in disguise.
And then his friends leave, your home's ruined, Britney Spears is playing on your cd player, and he wonders why people never tell him when they're having a party.