I am often astonished at the mass hysteria of some letter-writers in newspapers, forever rubbishing America, as if we were some world power strong enough to look after ourselves.
America’s critics conveniently ignore the fact that Western Europe, Taiwan, South Korea and now much of Eastern Europe, owe their freedom to the efforts of America in World War II and the Cold War.
I recall, as a child during World War II, how frightened I was, awaiting news of the outcome of the Coral Sea battle, which was won mainly by the U.S. navy.
Some critics of America can be quite irrational. I remember that, in primary school, we had in our class a boy who obviously came from a hate-America family, who were forever complaining about “the number of Yank soldiers in Brisbane”.
I got tired of hearing him. So, in front of many in the class, I said to him, “Would you prefer it to be Japanese soldiers?”