No Better Friends…

Basic RGB“No nation ever had two better friends than we have. You know who they are. They are the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans.” – Will Rogers, 9 April 1933

You know Will you are on to something here.  I know you were around when all the saber-rattling was going on in Europe in the early 1930s. I know you had at least a preliminary taste of what Hitler would bring onto that region but you missed out on the second war to end all wars. We tried to stay out of that one but our now Japanese friends insisted on coming across the Pacific, at least half way, to attack us.

But you are right in that the Atlantic and Pacific have probably kept us out of a lot of the trouble  those guys in the other side of the world seem to always be in. If only those Wright brothers had not invented the airplane we might still be able to live peaceably among ourselves. And of course, you would probably have lived a few more years to give us even more of your wit and wisdom. But then again there is that sticky black stuff we depend on so much over there… Why haven’t we stripped ourselves of that addiction yet??

One comment

  1. Technically, Japan attacked Hawaii which was where we based ships- but was not a state. There were many questions at that time as to the “ownership” of the islands. It was all about commerce and shipping lanes. Japan had already been in China for a while slaughtering people. But that was not our concern. Germany never attacked us until we attacked them in North Africa. We were pacifists- Peace for us at all costs to our “friends”. Our entry into world wars is an interesting case study of how far we will let slaughter go on before we enter to help our neighbors. We had many who disagreed and did not join in either the Revolutionary nor the Civil wars.


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