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The difference between a dog and a purveyor of EU revisionism

Many people have critiqued the Independent's list of the 50 benefits supposedly brought us by the EU. The most egregiously revisionist are numbers one and two. These falsely attribute the end of war between European nations and the creation of 27 democracies to the EU.

Greg Lance-Watkins replied to the first, "Bunkum – this has been achieved by NATO. On the one occasion when NATO stood back to see what the EUropean soviet would do we ended up with the obscene wars and genocide in Yugoslavia. . ." England Expects agreed, writing ". . .the EU watched as thousands were massacred in Bosnia, until the Americans came and sorted it out."

Tim Worstall seconded them. Like Greg and Elaib of England Expects, he also dismissed number two, pointing out that the creation of democracies was due to the fall of Soviet Communism. The Soviet Union was finally undone by the containment undertaken by the United States and NATO. President Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are the leaders to thank.

Despite the intense hostility of Europeans, I have rarely heard Americans complain that they lost more than 600,000 young men trying to help sort out Europe in World Wars I and II, then spent the next fifty-plus years and untold billions of dollars restoring Germany to democracy and keeping Western Europe safe from the aggression of the Soviet Union. They thought they were doing the right thing, and believe that a man or woman do not need to be thanked for doing the right thing.

There is, however, an American writer, Mark Twain, who puts Europe's insufferable ingratitude quite well: If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.