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world respect Money, arms only reasons U.S. earns respect

The U.S. gets the world's respect only because of its money and arms
Posted on July 8, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 8, 2013 at 6:57 p.m.

In the wake of the recent national security scandals, many are wondering whether or not America is respected in the world. Since the founding of the United States, very few countries have ever fully respected us. Much of Asia does not, nor does most of Africa and the Middle East. Russia never respected America. The only time Russia ever showed any gratitude was during World War II because we supplied their army.

The central and Latin American countries do not respect our country either. One of the main reasons is because most of those countries are driven by a socialist government style. Socialist governments hate American capitalism.

Many European countries do not have much respect for America either. One of the main reasons is, like the Latin American countries, the socialist governing style which is the opposite of American capitalism. The only time Europe showed any respect for America is when our country entered World War I and World War II and helped in the rebuilding process.

Many Americans believe Israel is an “ally” and respects the United States. That could not be further from the truth. In 1967, Israeli military forces attacked the USS Liberty. They gunned down dozens of unarmed American sailors who were trying to escape.

Israel has also have engaged in numerous espionage and intelligence-gathering operations against the United States. The only reason they call us a “friend” is because they receive billions in foreign aid from the United States. This does not demonstrate respect.

Most countries only respect America when we give them money or fight their wars. I believe it is time to cut foreign aid to all countries. We should also end our membership with the United Nations because it is nothing more than a corrupt criminal syndicate.

Mike Arndt

Elkhart



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