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sicho

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WII - What Britain Paid
« on: October 16, 2013, 06:56:58 AM »
The total paid by Britain to foreign lenders, principally the US, was £4.8bn. The last payment was made on 29 December 2006. Britain was just about bankrupt after WWII and so it's the more remarkable that it managed in those early years to both pay its loan instalments and also create one of the best social welfare programmes in the world - the NHS, State pension scheme and welfare for the unemployed and disabled.

However, that's not the whole story. During the war, the US demanded as part of its reward for providing aid of one sort or another, all of Britain's military technology secrets. Wikipedia neatly describes it as a move to protect the secrets should Hitler be successful in invading Britain. However, a recent US documentary was clear in stating that the secrets were demanded by the US as part of the deal for helping a stricken ally.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allied_technological_cooperation_during_World_War_II
 

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Re: WII - What Britain Paid
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 08:33:33 AM »
I am always amazed at politicians when they point out we have a ''special relationship'' with the US. Horse shit. You want help you pay for it has always been the answer.

It is a sad fact that the vast majority of British people do not know we spent 60 years paying for that special relationship. The US was probably the only country in the world that came out of the second world war in a far better situation than before it. Manufacturing was at an unprecedented high, infrastructure was obviously undamaged and built up to unprecedented levels. They had the basis to export everything that Europe needed to re build their countries.
 

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Re: WII - What Britain Paid
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 08:47:07 AM »
Good of them to bother at all really - after all, the majority of them didn't even know where Europe was !
 

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Re: WII - What Britain Paid
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013, 10:04:44 AM »
I am always amazed at politicians when they point out we have a ''special relationship'' with the US. Horse shit. You want help you pay for it has always been the answer.

It is a sad fact that the vast majority of British people do not know we spent 60 years paying for that special relationship. The US was probably the only country in the world that came out of the second world war in a far better situation than before it. Manufacturing was at an unprecedented high, infrastructure was obviously undamaged and built up to unprecedented levels. They had the basis to export everything that Europe needed to re build their countries.

Same now in the Muslim countries.
 

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Re: WII - What Britain Paid
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2013, 10:08:34 AM »
Good of them to bother at all really - after all, the majority of them didn't even know where Europe was !

Roger, you're ignoring how the US got into that war.

The US post war boom was largely financed by war and reparation payments until very recently. It's arms industry enjoyed a boom which the government is trying to maintain even now. Harley Davidson took off as a result of getting military orders. Make no mistake, no favours were being done.
 

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Re: WII - What Britain Paid
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2013, 12:49:31 PM »
Hi Saf. Maybe my sarcasm was lost but I certainly wasn't trying to deflect at all from your comments. The behaviour of the USA around the World I find truly appalling to this day ! These repeated cowardly drone attacks, Guantanamo Bay etc and ad nauseam.
Reminders of USA madness are seen frequently - even today, moving across the Al Jazeera screen at the bottom, some report has noted that more than 500,000 people now authenticated as having died violent deaths in Irag since the 2nd Iraq war.
Hopefully they will screw up their economic dominance and become more helpful in World affairs in the years to come. ATB

 

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Re: WII - What Britain Paid
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2013, 12:57:45 PM »
Sorry Roger, I missed the irony. Not like me at all.

I agree with what you write. In addition to the military and commercial wrecking of the world, they now include the rest of us their attempted economic suicide.
 

 



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