posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 03:59 PM
So, if it weren't for you we'd be speaking German would we? Well if it wasn't for us you'd all be speaking Navajo and living in little conical
Actually if it wasn't for Britain, and our resolve in 1940 and 41 when we fought against Hitler ALONE you lot might be speaking German as well, or
even worse, living in a nuclear wasteland. As people say it was a joint effort and without the other neither nation is unbeatable, after all the UK
didn't fight in Vietnam did it? I wont mention the Falklands, oops I just did. Another prime example of US fence sitting.
Actually, being serious for a moment, the current weakness of British forces and of British capability in the aircraft industry, for one, is appalling
and the decline in this country over the last 40 years is shameful. Maybe it is our current malaise that leads to todays distorted view amongst
Americans of just how mutually dependant our two countries were on each other in the 40's and 50's against first Hitler and then communism. You have
to remember that in 1939 the British Empire was absolutely huge and Britain was the most powerful nation on Earth until Germany's resurgence in the
1930's. What killed Britain was having the war fought right on our doorstep and in our skies and whilst the sacrifice of those Americans who came
over and fought must rank equally with the sufferings of the European nations it is undeniable that being physically so far away from the front line
and enjoying uniterrupted production and development was a major factor in why the US became the major supplier of arms to the Allies and in the rise
of the USA to prominence ever since. Sticking to Aircraft the US had nothing to compare with the BF 109 or Spitfire at the outset of the war, the
closest was the P-40 which was so lacking in performance that the RAF only used it in the Middle East where the most likely opposition would take the
form of Italian biplanes. Even the P-51 was inadequate until mated with the Merlin engine when its true qualities shone through, the US was gifted the
jets which powered the P-59A and P-80 prototypes, indeed they were removed from the prototypes of the Meteor and Vampire and shipped over expressly
for the purpose. This is not a snipe however but illustrates how closely interdependant we were, it is a sad fact that we are now much more dependant
than depended on. Its a disgrace but I suppose its just the way of the world. At one time Portugal was the worlds dominant power, and Spain etc etc.
Now Britain is on the list of 'ex-superpowers' and America should not be complacent that as it is today it shall always be. What worries me and
worries me greatly is that the next superpower might not br so friendly towards ANY of the old allies and then the world will suffer! US and British
counter sniping really serves no purpose at all.