When World War One broke out in 1914, you remained neutral until 1917, sending two million soldiers, losing 50,00 lives.
Your homes, your cities, your country remained intact.
When World War Two broke out in Asia in 1931, you remained neutral. When World War Two broke out in Europe in 1939, you remained neutral. After the bombing of Pear Harbor on December 7, 1941, you entered the Second World War sending more than 16 million troops, losing over 400,000 lives.
With the exception of Pearl Harbor, your homes, your cities, your country remained intact.
After World War Two ended, you have sent troops worldwide to fight in various conflicts for various reasons, but with the exception of the World Trade Center and The Pentagon on September 11, 2001, your homes, your cities, your country remained intact.
All of us in the rest of the world remember the the times when we also thought “it could never happen here.” Unlike Americans, most of us have felt the pain and suffering of realizing that it could and did happen “here.” You have been the infant and the adolescent among nations for the past 200 plus years. For the rest of the world, we have watched with envy sometimes and with disbelief at other times because of your naive world view.
Today we watch in horror as you are about to grow up the hard way. All the signs are clear from our own experiences. When your country and your culture needed you most, you failed it. Now you are about to find out that in order to be special, to stay special, you have to work at it. It is not a “Blessing From God” as you have proudly sung as you saluted your flag. Many of us have idolized you, looked to you for hope. But now we see you are just like us!
There is but one question left in our minds. Will you have the experience and the foresight to stand up and fight now? Or will you hang on to that last thread of illusion that “it could never happen here?”
Please do not believe that all the rest of the world hates you! Many of us are rooting for you to win this battle. For much of the second half of the Twentieth Century, deserved or not, you were the light of the world, and for much of the Twenty-First Century we have watched in disbelief as your culture has disintegrated under the greed of Capitalism on steroids and the dogma of religious fundamentalism. Now Fascism has come to America. Will you defeat it with your special “Yankee Ingenuity?” Or will you prove once and for all that you are flawed just like the rest of us?
What kind of dark world will it be if your light goes out?