Letters to the Editor

August 1, 2014

Blame the British for the Mideast mess

To try to understand why we are in the mess in the Middle East, we have to go back to 1918. Most of the troubles in the world were caused by the British, the only country to attack us twice.

World War I was caused by an assassination in another country as an excuse for war by Britain to attack the Ottoman Empire. This did not have to happen.

Without us, they would have lost badly; we were dragged in by their incompetence. The resulting loss was worsened by the Treaty of Versailles, a British-sponsored sham to punish Germany. The result was horrible in Germany, with unemployment and inflation and debt. It set the stage for a madman like Adolf Hitler to exploit.

It also broke up the Ottoman Empire and was reassembled by the British into today's Syria, Iran and Iraq. The boundaries were set up along arbitrary lines rather than natural religious and tribal separations. Big mistake.

After World War II the British enabled the insertion of modern Israel in an area that was traditionally Palestine. Weapons and money made them a regional power and ongoing problem, causing unrest.

England has continued to be a problem for the U.S. The fraud committed by their banks and LIBOR caused our mortgage market to collapse.

If these are our "best friends," the price is too great for us to continue to allow them to determine our future.

Joseph M. Reichert

Belleville

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