Sunday, March 9, 2014 9:11:36 AM
piperfawn- what MeGredel says cannot be found in that document and it's only his idea. As it was not part of the main reasoning behind the Yalta Conference, it is not in the official documents that was the result of the Yalta Conference.
It is documented in other records that Roosevelt (or are you still claiming he was dead at Yalta) and Churchhill agreed to let Russia take Berlin,and Stalin agreed when it was put to him.
I will correct one thing I said: I went back and researched my statement based on something I read 25 years ago. Russian troops DID NOT advance through US troops. The passage basically read that the US was stopped short of Berlin (which they were). In the same paragraph it states `The Russian Army was allowed through to Berlin`. At the time I interpreted it to be `through the US Army`. In reality it `through to Berlin` was just a way of saying they were allowed to take Berlin. My apologies.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:28:38 PM
Going back a bit further, here's another "other people`s problems" example:
If France had decided 250 years ago to keep its hands to itself and not get involved in other people`s problems, the USA wouldn`t exist. Not in its current form, anyway. As part of Greater Canada, maybe. Without France, the loyalists would have won that civil war/revolution, if it happened at all.
We could do this all day, for different times and different parts of the world.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:19:12 PM
If the United States had decided 100 years ago to keep our hands to ourselves and not get involved in other people's problems, what language would you be speaking today?
A. German B. Russian C. Japanese
Same choices for you in the USA. Most likely German.
When things go international, there are no "other people`s problems".
It`s unlikely that the allies would have defeated Nazi Germany and Japan if the USA had remained completely isolationist. So Nazi Germany would have ruled Europe, Africa and most of Asia. With huge resources and no effective resistance, they would have advanced their weapons technology much faster and much further. Which would have left an unprepared USA facing Nazis with nukes and ICBMs by ~1950. Game over.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:11:55 PM
The US funded the Allies and the USSR long before it actually entered the war; it was the "Arsenal of Democracy" that allowed the UK to stay in the fight until the US entered it.
And the UK paid a LOT for that. Cash, resources, land and patents for massively important technology. Which continued after the war in some areas, most notably controllable supersonic aircraft.
[quote]At the end of the war, the US was the only super power, and it literally kept the world's economy from complete collapse.[/quote]
The UK repaid their loan from the USA, with interest.
The USA is hugely powerful and is generally beneficial to the world, but it is not a superhero acting only on altruism. It serves its own interests, as any country does.