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