I felt it my duty as a fellow American citizen to help out Rachel Cormack’s Oct. 4 letter to the editor. But I think she needs to cite some other examples beyond WWI, Korea, and Vietnam to drive the point home.
She must recall all the aid the Spanish explorers gave to the South American native tribes. Helping them adapt to small pox and race eradication. She must recall the concern that European settlers and later American citizens had for the North American native tribes. Helping them adapt to westward expansion, Christianity and (hey Rachel’s favorite) democracy through mass genocide and imprisonment. Or hey, how about the French, Belgian and British colonialists? Their generosity in Central and West Africa gave the people there a chance to experience the character building institute of slavery, and wholesome torture. How about the Serbs and their help to ethnically cleanse their neighbors? Or our benevolence displayed in the Philippines and Nicaraugua? Hey, as any one checked out how our help in Vietnam has aided the Vietnamese economy and ecology? Because I bet they are far better off now than if we had let the scary communists take over.
One more thing Rachel, let’s follow your logic for a second (no doubt obtained from CSU’s Logic and Critical Thinking course.) We, the American people, are in the right because our citizens have fought and died to give other people the benefits that come from our belief system. So everyone fighting and dying (consequently against us) in the past and present, did they miss that memo?