Do you want to know what a petty and foolishly vindictive people we are? Take a look at this comparison:
Japan: two nuclear bombs dropped on them by the United States. Number of casualties: an estimated 200,000 dead. But, post WWII, Japan became an important U.S. ally, allowed U.S. bases on its soil and became an economic powerhouse.
Vietnam: in the 1960’s and 1970’s, invaded by the U.S. in a totally avoidable conflict. Number of casualties: an estimated 2,000,000 Vietnamese dead.. Vietnam today has full diplomatic and trade relations with the U.S.
Germany: An estimated 2.5 million civilians killed by American and allied bombardments with full combined civilian and military deaths totaling almost 7 million. Entire major cities in Germany were reduced to rubble. Germany then became a staunch U.S. ally, allowed U.S. bases on its soil and also became an economic powerhouse.
Lastly, a number of former Eastern Bloc nations, such as Poland are not only American allies, after half century of almost annihilating each other, but are also full NATO members.
Now let’s look at Iran: an entire nation of 35 million (in 1979) became a herd of raging lunatics because of a bullshit memo written by a boasting Kermit Roosevelt a quarter a century ago. Overthrew a progressive, or at least a pliable, regime, brought upon itself a Middle Ages style theocracy, took American diplomats hostage, chanted, and is still chanting, three decades later, death to America every single day, severed all diplomatic relations with the U.S., have remained belligerent to the only remaining superpower in the world to the extent that we have brought crippling sanctions and threats of military action upon ourselves.
Now do you see what a contemptible and frivolous people we are? We hold grudges like if it’s a good thing. And people return us the favor by being just as belligerent and inflexible. We deserve every ounce of pain that is inflicted on us for our immutable and indomitable nature.
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