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Forgotten history

In my experience, people debating the situation in Iraq are largely devoid of historical perspective. Japan was occupied from August 1945 until April 1952. (We still have troops there today.) Germany was occupied from 1945-1950. (And we still have troops there today.)

Why is it that people actually expect our job in Iraq to be done now? We seem to live in a microwave world, where some people believe that everything needs to be done quickly and without difficulty. That view lacks any nod to the legitimacy of history and the ability of wartime victors to successfully help a society reformulate itself into a peaceful, democratic nation.

Today, Germany and Japan stand as two pillars of democracy in the world. History teaches us that patience is paramount for those seeking to create peaceful democracies out of societies used to living under tyrannical dictators. So … let’s be patient. History demonstrates that the results are worth the price and the wait.



Mark Meckler

Grass Valley


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