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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post
    They have the worst food in Europe and they look ugly. The rest is not important.
    That seems a tad harsh to me. I have seen beautiful and ugly people all over Europe.

    Well, they don't spend a lot of effort to create a wide range of regional foods and drinks like in France and Italy that's true...

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    You surely haven't tried Fish 'n' Chips then
    Um I think you didn't understand what he meant by "worst food" in Europe.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Folkesson View Post
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    A superstate is not a constitution, a function or a level of prowess or power. It's a description of the nature of a political agglomeration. I think you mean something else.
    All these things you list are superfluous to the proper nature of the EU as it was originally consented to - the EEC/EC - a group of close economic partners working to increase smoothness of trade.

    All the rest is a pointless, undemocratic, bureaucratic, wasteful muddle which distracts from the main point; making money.

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    Times change, circumstances change, policies must change.

    Britain now desperately needs the EU and especially to be a member of a United States of Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edao View Post
    You surely haven't tried Fish 'n' Chips then
    Or even better "Deep fried battered Mars bars" Yum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wellington View Post
    A senior role?, thats stretching the imagination a bit!

    I think we should join with Australia,New Zealand etc.. much more compatible with our culture and heritage.

    Europe has always been threat to our independence, the EU is just another threat, only a peaceful one!
    This is exactly my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyllgi View Post
    Times change, circumstances change, policies must change.

    Britain now desperately needs the EU and especially to be a member of a United States of Europe.
    Change is inevitable. Surrender is not.

    Britain needs no such thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invictus_88 View Post
    Change is inevitable. Surrender is not.

    Britain needs no such thing.
    Maybe you would explain how Britain could now survive outside of the EU?

    Let’s start with the financials?

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    Hmmm... How many times has Britian been invaded by an European army?

    How many times did Britian plant colonies on other people's land?

    And, how many Americans died to keep the countries of the EU from trying to exterminate each other?????

    You hate the USA, but love their goods and services, especially their ability to protect you.

    And, why are so many people imigrating to the USA today?? Could it be to get away from the endless bickering and dangers of their 'homeland'?

    How many of us would honestly say that we would not move to the USA if we could have full citizenship????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    Hmmm... How many times has Britian been invaded by an European army?
    Many times in the past, and in the case of WW2, once. The Channel Isles were occupied by the Germans.

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    How many times did Britian plant colonies on other people's land?
    Many times, part of the colonisation of the US resulted in genocide of the rightful owners of that land, in other places where the locals were not so unable to protect themselves (and the immigrants not largely uncontrolled and from the scum of the earth) the colonisation didn’t result in mass murder and land theft.

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    And, how many Americans died to keep the countries of the EU from trying to exterminate each other?????
    Damm few. And they were the volunteers before the US saw that getting involved inn the fighting was in their national interest.

    Most came over only when the US realised that one of the Axis powers, Japan, had intentions on the US, and even then out of US self interest. And let’s not even go into post war debt or the way that the Marshal plan was implemented.

    Similarly WW1. Before the Zimmerman Telegram indicated that the US was under threat because of the Germans the US were content to supply arms to all sides in the war taking place in Europe.

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    You hate the USA, but love their goods and services, especially their ability to protect you.
    Err, no we don’t. To either. And we really don’t need or want your ‘protection’ than you very much.

    In fact your ‘protection, especially with bits of YOUR missile defence shield, a defence shield that has a primary function not to protect Europe but to give early warning to the US, actually increases our value as a target.

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    And, why are so many people imigrating to the USA today?? Could it be to get away from the endless bickering and dangers of their 'homeland'?
    To start with the word is “emigrating”. One immigrates into, one emigrates to.

    But in any case not many from Europe though many from other nations who see the US as a place wherein they can exploit the system.

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    How many of us would honestly say that we would not move to the USA if we could have full citizenship????????
    I could have full citizenship based on my fathers nationality taken up from when he was working in the US but there is no way on Gods sweet earth that I would consider emigrating to the place.

    I’ve worked in the US in the past, including but not limited to NC, and actually at RTP for months at a time as a specialist in my field, but for my money you can keep it and the whole of the US as a place to live.

    There are a lot worse places, but many that are a whole lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    Hmmm... How many times has Britian been invaded by an European army?
    Successfully four times in recorded history (Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Normans) + probably a few more times in the Neolithic and Bronze Age (Neolithic farmers, Indo-European bronze workers, then La Tène Celts).


    And, how many Americans died to keep the countries of the EU from trying to exterminate each other?????
    Once ? In WWI they really didn't do much. They arrived when everything was almost over. Actually Europeans only try to exterminate each others in WWI. WWII was about the Jews, Gypsies and other minorities. People weren't as free under the German occupation as before but freer than their ancestors a few centuries ago. So the answer to "how many Americans died to keep the countries of the EU from trying to exterminate each other ?" should, after consideration, be : never.

    You hate the USA, but love their goods and services, especially their ability to protect you.
    Yeah, American cars, American mobile phones, American TV's, American clothes, American restaurants... All very popular here. BMW, Audi, Volvo, Renault, Toyota, Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, Panasonic, Hugo Boss, Armani, Paul Smith... all American, right ?

    And, why are so many people imigrating to the USA today?? Could it be to get away from the endless bickering and dangers of their 'homeland'?
    Mexicans* and Cubans ? In all fairness that's the only country where they can migrate without having to buy a plane ticket.

    * Almost 1 in 4 immigrant to the US in 2010 is a Mexican. Half of all immigrants are from Latin America - mostly Central America - and one fourth from Asia - especially Philippines, China and Vietnam. (source).

    How many of us would honestly say that we would not move to the USA if we could have full citizenship????????
    Wouldn't even if you offered me a job and a car in the package. Why would you want to live in a country where your neighbour could sue you any day because the apple tree in your garden encroaches on his property, or because your kids make too much noise when they play outside. Even if you win the court cases every time it's just too troublesome. Then one becomes paranoiac with the idea that the government or CIA is spying on you all the time, or that the police will fine you daily for driving a few miles above the speed limit, or that some Mormon or Baptist or Scientologist proselytisers, or Jeovah's Witness or another of the hundreds of religious organization in the US come and bother you at home every odd day... Too tiresome, I tell you.

    Add to all this that the USA is plagued by the elements : tornadoes, hurricanes, bitterly cold winters in the northern half, suffocatingly hot summers in the southern half, and earthquakes is the only region with an idyllic climate, California. In the States if you live in the country you are usually in the middle of nowhere, hours drive away from all conveniences. So big cities are the way to go, but crime rate is usually far worse than in Europe. Just the idea of living in a country where almost everyone owns a gun would make me feel permanently uncomfortable. I guess it's ok if you grew up with it, but not if you didn't.
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    Seems that neither of you know anything about the USA. I think you are describing the countries in South America... Do you know the difference???

    About two million Americans died in WW1 in Europe in one year. Ever been to Flanders Fields??

    About six million died in WWII because Hitler planned to attack the USA... I Know, you dont beleive that either....

    And you are right... immigration is moving to a place... and I think that is what I said... except that I might have mis-spelled it, according to your brand of English...

    And as for the neighbors going to court over trivia, doesnt happen here... you apparently watch too much BBC on TV..

    One thing for sure... without the help of the USA in WWI and WWII, we would all be speaking German and have a dictactorship type government... but from the history of Europe, that is apparently what most people want...

    I see why Britian is so nervous about blindly going into the EU... The USA doesnt trust you either...

    So, go ahead with your EU... The USA will be there to bail you out when necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    Seems that neither of you know anything about the USA. I think you are describing the countries in South America... Do you know the difference???

    About two million Americans died in WW1 in Europe in one year. Ever been to Flanders Fields??
    You do know that Britain is not a US state, don't you ? The US lost just a bit over 100,000 soldiers in WWI, half less than Romania.

    About six million died in WWII because Hitler planned to attack the USA... I Know, you dont beleive that either....
    6 million Americans ? More like 400,000 - most of them in the Pacific against Japan.


    One thing for sure... without the help of the USA in WWI and WWII, we would all be speaking German and have a dictactorship type government... but from the history of Europe, that is apparently what most people want...
    Speaking German ? Germanic people have invaded repeatedly Romance-speaking parts of Europe from the 3rd to the 11th century, and nobody speaks German in France, Italy or Spain. All of the new Germanic rulers adopted Latin. That's one of the curse of Germanic people that they language never survive their invasions. Even English is 70% derived from Romance languages.

    It's so typical of Americans to come up with the argument "we saved your ass in WWII" whenever one criticises a bit the US. Can't find anything better to say I guess. The US only intervened in WWII because it was protecting its own interests. Otherwise Americans were not going to lift a finger, neither in Europe nor in Asia. The US completely ignored the situation until the Germans started sinking their ships or seizing their assets in Europe. They turned a blind eye on Japanese atrocities in China and only declared war on Japan after Pearl Harbour. The US actually benefited hugely from the war by taking over most of the Nazi and Japanese war loot and by imposing their policies on both continents in the aftermath of the war. Americans didn't help the Brits or the French by sympathy but by interest. This is what they don't teach you at school in the US.

    Anything can be speculated of the outcome of WWII if the US had not intervened in Europe, but Germany had a serious opponent in the Russians and both countries probably would have fought to death, leaving Hitler's regime severely weakened, which in turn would have facilitated uprisings all over Europe (and in Germany itself) to overturn his regime. Dictatorships don't last long in Europe, even when there is no outside pressure. Just look at Spain under Franco and Portugal under Salazar. Both started as authoritarian, fascist-like regimes, but they became democratic with time, without war or revolution necessary.

    So, go ahead with your EU... The USA will be there to bail you out when necessary.
    FYI, the EU's economy is bigger than the USA's. Just the Euro-zone (16 out of 27 countries) is about the same as the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    Seems that neither of you know anything about the USA. I think you are describing the countries in South America... Do you know the difference???


    Been to both. Lived and worked in both, well Brazil and Argentina anyway.

    The Argies “parillia”, a mixed grill with attitude was OK, but as for Brazil I didn’t like feijoada, even at weekends. Or cooking done in Dendê oil, the very smell makes me nauseous, and Caipirinha’s used to give me bloody awful hangovers next day.


    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    About two million Americans died in WW1 in Europe in one year. Ever been to Flanders Fields??


    Flanders Fields?

    Now where might they be …….. ?

    Oh yes, silly me!

    That’s the areas that we drive through four or five times a year! Once on our way to the Köln Kristkindlmarkt in December, then to Goslar am Harz where we have a “timeshare” we use in early Summer, or en route to pick up the French autoroutes on our way South to the Med for an autumn break, or sometimes on an “awayday” to somewhere like Lisle just for the hell of it. And the shops of course!

    The Channel Tunnel really has changed the UK for the better.

    Ever been to Flanders Fields indeed!

    Bloomin’ cheek!

    But back to the matter in hand.

    The total US fatalities during the whole of WW1 were around 117,000 troops, that includes those killed in battle and others who died from disease and non-battle related injury. (Spanish ‘flue especially)

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    About six million died in WWII because Hitler planned to attack the USA... I Know, you dont beleive that either....


    The total US fatalities in WW2 were around 407,000 in ALL theaters of operation but the vast majority in the Pacific.

    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    One thing for sure... without the help of the USA in WWI and WWII, we would all be speaking German and have a dictactorship type government... but from the history of Europe, that is apparently what most people want...


    Not so. You plainly have no idea about the causes or the aims of the originators of WW2. Germany did not want to declare war on Britain, they saw us as a natural ally.

    Even the Blitzkrieg in Europe was much more about removing a threat from the region, as well as getting slave labour than as a deliberate policy leading to permanent occupation.

    Vichy France indicates what would have been possible in many cases, and it was because Britain was effectively neutralise as a threat that it was not invaded. We simply were not worth the trouble.

    It was Britain out of fear of the consequences if most of what had become Poland (as part of the terms of the dreadful and unjust Treaty of Versailles) was allowed to be returned to its rightful governments that caused us to declare war on Germany.

    The concern was that it might create a precedent and so create a very real danger of the reconstitution of the Ottoman Empire under the growing influence of The Muslim Brotherhood, and all that would do to strategic resources such as the Suez canal let alone the increasingly valuable oil fields in the Middle East.

    The REAL target for Nazi Germany was to the East. A demand for lebensraum, a contempt of assorted Üntermenschen, especially those in the East, and a rabid hatred of the USSR was behind what were Hitler’s primary objectives.

    European history, especially in the first half of the twentieth century, is complex in the extreme. Convoluted even

    And so it wasn’t the US that saved us from “The Dreaded Hun”, it was the millions of men, women, and children in the USSR who were killed fighting the Nazis and as a consequence of the fighting that saved our skins.

    FIFTY MILLION people died in Russia.

    We should never forget that, EVER.

    Sources? Many. http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/ is as good as any.

    I know first hand how little most American people know, much less understand about Europe. Or even the United Kingdom for that matter. The support for outfits such as “Noraid” and just what was happening in Northern Ireland exemplify this.

    “Bob4john”, you may feel that I’m “getting at you”.

    I’m not.

    What I AM doing is introducing some facts that you may not even be aware of. PLEASE don’t take offence, none is intended.

    “Bob4john”, you mentioned disability. Care to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyllgi View Post
    Not so. You plainly have no idea about the causes or the aims of the originators of WW2. Germany did not want to declare war on Britain, they saw us as a natural ally.
    That's correct.

    Even the Blitzkrieg in Europe was much more about removing a threat from the region, as well as getting slave labour than as a deliberate policy leading to permanent occupation.

    Vichy France indicates what would have been possible in many cases, and it was because Britain was effectively neutralise as a threat that it was not invaded. We simply were not worth the trouble.
    All true again. Most Americans believe that all Europe except Britain and Russia were under Nazi domination. In fact, half of Europe was never occupied or even involved.

    Why would the French be so grateful to the Americans when half of France never saw a German soldier and Germany had no intention of invading them ? The occupation of northern France and the Atlantic coast was in part strategic, and in part a way of reclaiming regions that had been traditionally Germanic (including French Flanders and Artois, and to some extent Normandy) and where people still felt more German than French (Alsace and Lorraine). Half of Poland was also historically German, and had been so since medieval times, well before Christopher Columbus.

    I am not trying to justify their invasion, but Germany certainly had some historical rights to these regions. If the US had to cede all the states west of the Mississippi to Canada or Mexico there would be some discontent, but keep in mind that all this chunk has only been American for under 150 years. Germany had claims to Alsace or Pomerania going back to the late Roman period - over 1500 years ! Let's wait another 1350 years and see how Americans feel if they loose a war and are told they have to give up one third of their present territory to the winners. How will Californians feel about being annexed to China without their consent ?

    So Americans think they restored order in Europe, but they never try to understand history and how people in small communities feel attach to the land that their ancestors have occupied for hundreds or thousands of years. My advice is : if you don't understand the situation don't try to intervene or force your opinion on others.

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    No offense taken, as none was intended. But you are wrong about the numbers of Americans in both wars. The numbers I gave were for people lost; ie. killed, missing, wounded, either from military action or sickness... and the Spainish flue killed many more in the states than died in Europe.

    The USA supplied Britian with civilian supplies, war supplies and money during both wars. Long before the US sent soldiers to war. I think that Britian would have had a hard time surviving without the help of the US... Churchill begged many months for aid and the US sent thousands of merchant ships with supplies to Britian.

    I agree that the US was late in getting into the war, but, we were not under attack or threatened until the action at Pearl Harbor.

    The Japanese were getting war supplies and man-power from Germany... the Zero airplane was designed and the prototype built in Italy by order of the Nazi leadership. The rockets and jet airplanes that Germany built were designed to destroy Britian, Russia and the USA.

    And, without the invasion of Normandy by the Allies, Britian may not have survived.

    I know that the number of US troops were few compared to the entire conflict... about 200 million troops at war is a lot.... but Russia almost perished at the hand of the Nazi army, being saved by the cold winter and cut supply lines, the Russians defeated the Nazi army within its territory.

    And, remember the actions of Patton in north Africa, Italy and into Berlin. There were no European armies to do what the allies did with Patton leading them.

    So, I am not saying that the US saved your ass in the war... just that it seems that no-one in Europe seems to give the US their due...

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    I'm glad that the people of Europe think that the US was useless during both wars... next time we may just stay home...

    And as for Germany owning most of Europe, dont take yourself so seriously. The Germans were not the first people there... and, Britain does not claim the USA any longer, as that argument was settled by treaty, twice. So was the area that you claim that Germany owns...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwyllgi View Post
    maybe you would explain how britain could now survive outside of the eu?

    let’s start with the financials?
    eea, efta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    I'm glad that the people of Europe think that the US was useless during both wars...
    Never said that. I emphasised the point that the US didn't help out of altruism or friendship by because it had economic interests in doing so. It's certain that the US helped considerably to shorten WWII in Europe and were almost alone in defeating Japan. Now Japan is almost a vassal state politically (many called it the 51st state).

    next time we may just stay home...
    Not bloody likely to happen anytime soon with the current direction of the US foreign policy. Boosted by its victory in WWII, the US has since become the policeman of the world and seems to enjoy this role very much.


    And as for Germany owning most of Europe, dont take yourself so seriously. The Germans were not the first people there... and, Britain does not claim the USA any longer, as that argument was settled by treaty, twice. So was the area that you claim that Germany owns...
    What are you talking about ? There is no comparison in Britain's claim on its former colonies and Germany's claim on parts of its homeland cut away as war reparations. What if Britain had lost WWI and, say, Scotland and East Anglia had been cut off and given away to Germany as war compensation ? Wouldn't the Brits feel bad about it and think it would be their right and duty to recover the integrity of their homeland ?

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    When a country looses territory because of reparations, civil war or other.. the aggressor no longer has any claim or rights to the lost territory.

    Central Europe was settled by Germanic people. How can Germany claim all the territory that was settled by the Teutonic people?

    Hitler chose to claim all of the Teutonic settlements to entice the people to riot and savagery. He attacked Poland and Italy as part of his plan to put the 'Old Germany' back as it once was...

    Why are you saying the same things?

    When the citizens of a country say such things, their neighbors get nervous/angry.

    Can you not see why Britain will not become a full member of the EU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    Never said that. I emphasised the point that the US didn't help out of altruism or friendship by because it had economic interests in doing so. It's certain that the US helped considerably to shorten WWII in Europe and were almost alone in defeating Japan. Now Japan is almost a vassal state politically (many called it the 51st state).

    A nation should not go to war because of altruism or frindship... only if it holds treaties for mutual assistance, which the US did not have with any European nation in either war.

    Not bloody likely to happen anytime soon with the current direction of the US foreign policy. Boosted by its victory in WWII, the US has since become the policeman of the world and seems to enjoy this role very much.

    Someone shure needs to keep the peace... it falls on the US because it is the only nation that has the resources and the will.


    What are you talking about ? There is no comparison in Britain's claim on its former colonies and Germany's claim on parts of its homeland cut away as war reparations. What if Britain had lost WWI and, say, Scotland and East Anglia had been cut off and given away to Germany as war compensation ? Wouldn't the Brits feel bad about it and think it would be their right and duty to recover the integrity of their homeland ?
    Why do you not understand? Britian holds as much right to its former colonies as any other nation of its former territories. If the newer nations wish to rejoin its former position, then it should be a peaceful consideration, not done by military force.

    Armies are only useful for coercion, not for peaceably recombining countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invictus_88 View Post
    eea, efta.
    A meaningless response.

    The position that Britain is now in, thanks more than anything to the disastrous consequences of what can only be described as the insanity of Blair and Brown, is such that although we have very limited options now open to us.

    Limited in fact to two.

    One is to stop faffing about and commit fully to Europe, the other is to find a way of growing bananas and take up cannibalism because the other option to the EU is to become a third world country.

    Britain is hopelessly overpopulated because of Labour government policies and hopelessly id debt for the same reason.

    To stand alone we need to reduce our population to a sustainable level which is probably around thirty million (hence the cannibalism) and to discharge our humungous debt by exports.

    The global market is pretty well supplied with what it wants to buy by China, India, and other low cost producers who are taking increasing market share every day.

    Since countries that have nothing else that can be sold at a competitive price seem to manage on exporting bananas, if we ever seriously did consider quitting our best option then we’d better find a way to grow the buggers, and soon.

    All the UKIP and other cloud cuckoo parties fail to take into account one thing.

    Britain is insolvent, and deeply and increasingly in debt and their blue skies vision is flawed by our being totally unable to get off the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    When a country looses territory because of reparations, civil war or other.. the aggressor no longer has any claim or rights to the lost territory.

    Central Europe was settled by Germanic people. How can Germany claim all the territory that was settled by the Teutonic people?

    Hitler chose to claim all of the Teutonic settlements to entice the people to riot and savagery. He attacked Poland and Italy as part of his plan to put the 'Old Germany' back as it once was...

    Why are you saying the same things?

    When the citizens of a country say such things, their neighbors get nervous/angry.

    Can you not see why Britain will not become a full member of the EU?
    Bob, I write this in all kindness.

    You have a very great deal to learn about Europe and European people.

    I suspect that you may also have things to learn about your own country, especially its actions on the international stage in the past, at present, and what the future holds for us all as a consequence of American hegemony and the idea that America is best.

    It isn’t.

    It may be best for those who live in America and see the world from an American perspective based on American values, but those values are not universally the best for everybody, no set of values are universally the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob4john View Post
    Why do you not understand? Britian holds as much right to its former colonies as any other nation of its former territories.
    The people who claim the colonies for Britain are the colonists. These colonist sought independence from their homeland. Why would Britain have claims on land where none of its citizens live anymore ? (since they became American, Australian or whatever)

    Germany's case is very different. Colonies are not part of the ancestral homeland. Germany was amputated from core parts of its ancestral territory after WWI. The only comparison with Britain is not the loss of colonies but if Britain had to give up part of its homeland (Sussex, Cornwall, Cumbria, whatever) to another country as war compensation. That's very different from giving up recent colonies. Germany lost all its colonies in Africa after WWI too, but the Germans didn't care much. What they wanted back in Alsace-Lorraine, Pomerania, East Prussia and Silesia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyllgi View Post

    And so it wasn’t the US that saved us from “The Dreaded Hun”, it was the millions of men, women, and children in the USSR who were killed fighting the Nazis and as a consequence of the fighting that saved our skins.

    FIFTY MILLION people died in Russia.

    We should never forget that, EVER.

    Sources? Many. http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/ is as good as any.
    I couldn't agree more the Soviets defeated the Nazi and payed the highest price for doing it.

    If Hitler had not declared war on the US after the Japs attacked Pearl Harbour there was a real chance Roosevelt may never have involved American troops in the Western theater and instead gone to war in the Pacific only.

    Had this happened there would have been no second front in Europe, the soviets would still have won, but the red army would not have stopped at Berlin far more likely at Dunkirk.

    If you don't have a problem with Stalin's style of political governance, secret police, informants, mass deportations, famines, executions and gulags then fine but if you prefer life in a democracy then perhaps its safe to conclude we do owe America a debt of gratitude.

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