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Jul
3
comment How did Israel win the Six-Day War?
Co-operation with the US was minimal: Israel almost sank a US ship in the war, USS Liberty
Jun
5
comment Why America waged war against Vietnam?
@MarkC.Wallace Normally deliberative assemblies in democracies require specific reasons for engaging in warfare. The causus belli for official US involvement in Vietnam was the Gulf of Tonkin incident. It should be noted that war was not formally declared.
Mar
15
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
@comeAndGo Yes, we are unlikely to agree, but please do not make ad hominem statements. You final statement suggests even in the absence of communism, states would fall due to the power vacuum - surely that makes communism a straw man?
Feb
9
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
@ComeAndGo There were nationalist movements around the world, some of which the USSR helped to fund, but these grew from the vacuums left by the end of colonial power as a consequence of WW2. There was no globally coordinated single communist movement linking all these nations. Each nation had its own flavour of political and economic organisation, but normally wanting to replace a corrupt despotic regime. Domino theory was about fear of losing control and justifying intervention to regain it.
Feb
8
awarded  Yearling
Feb
8
answered Specialist for dates?
Feb
8
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
+1 It was only an anti-communist war for the US. It was primarily a war of national liberation for Vietnam. Communism was a straw man in the Domino theory - the end of colonialism caused the political unrest.
Jan
21
comment Why don't people without access to clean water drink beer anymore?
Do you have any evidence of beheading or stoning for possession of alcohol?
Nov
3
awarded  Critic
Nov
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
3
awarded  Informed
Nov
1
comment Did American forces specifically target officers during the revolutionary war?
King Harold is thought to have died from an arrow to the eye from a Norman "sniper" in 1066...
Oct
19
revised Dictators who came back through elections?
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Oct
19
answered Dictators who came back through elections?
Oct
13
comment Why did religion mixed with politics hold back progress of Europeans but not the Turks?
Some points to address: "rapidly being identified as the sick man of Europe"? This phrase wasn't used until the mid-19th Century, by Tsar Nicolas II. The earliest evidence of double-entry book-keeping is in the 13th century, far after the time of Charlemagne.
Sep
24
comment Who believed the earth was flat?
Terry Jones has an entertaining lecture about this: youtube.com/watch?v=XcssI1Cwm-w
Aug
22
comment Did Ancient Roman insulae reach more than 10 storeys?
Can you relate the 200ft to a number of storeys?
Aug
13
revised What wars were started when an indebted country refused to pay?
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Aug
13
answered What wars were started when an indebted country refused to pay?
Jun
26
revised Wales and Ireland in medieval times
corrected spelling