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The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

One of the rea­sons for Amer­ica’s un­pop­u­lar­ity abroad may well be the boast­ing of peo­ple like let­ter writer Sam Patti (“Get out and vote,” Let­ters to the ed­i­tor, Oct. 30 edi­tion).

He­hasaright­torhap­sodize­about­theUnited States be­ing “the great­est na­tion in the world,” al­though peo­ple from many other coun­tries — no less proud of their own her­itages — wince and smirk when they hear such bravado.

How­ever, I ques­tion Mr. Patti’s right to per­pe­trateth­e­myth­sof­many­ofh­is­fel­lowc­i­t­i­zens who know lit­tle or noth­ing about his­tory, in­clud­ing that of their own coun­try. Con­trary to Mr. Patti’s be­lief, Amer­ica did not singly win the world wars or de­feat com­mu­nism.

The11th-hourU.S.con­tri­bu­tion­tovic­to­ryin World War I was psy­cho­log­i­cal rather than ma­te­rial, and it was the Bri­tish Army that fi­nal­ly­van­quishedtheGer­mansinthe“100-days cam­paign”of1918.Weal­l­knowthatFDR’s“arse­nal of democ­racy” con­trib­uted might­ily to vic­to­ry­inWorldWarII,bute­qual­cred­it­be­longs to Great Bri­tain, which stood alone against the Axis Pow­ers in the first two years; the forces of the Bri­tish Em­pire, which fought from be­gin­ning to end, and the Soviet Union, which broke the back of the Ger­man Army. And the de­feat of com­mu­nism owed at least as much to Lech Walesa, Sol­i­dar­ity, Pope John Paul II and Mikhail Gor­bachev as to Ron­ald Rea­gan. Michael D. Hull En­field, Con­necti­cut

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