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She Warned Us

howard194 Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 9:01 AM
i was on a 2 yr expat assignment in cologne, germany from 1998 to 2000. at the time they had both the deutschmark and were simultaneously introducing the euro. i can't tell you the number of times- once folks recognized that i was an american- that normanlly reserved germans (and other euro-nationals) would come up to me with their fingers wagging in my face and lecturing me on how great and powerful the EU would soon be, "we will replace america as a superpower!". my canned response, which i meant, was, 'GOOD!". that almost always produced a pause from those who were gloating and lecturing me. at some point, when the drama died down, i would explain that it was fine with me, and most americans, if the new-and-improved EU wanted (continued)
howard194 Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 9:05 AM
to take over patrolling the world and show us crude, unenlightened, ugly amercians how it was done. go ahead and spend your blood and treasure around the globe where you'll be HATED and LOATHED for your benevolence.

yankette Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 9:12 AM
shubi_ Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 9:44 AM
Europe already went around making wars with colonialism. Sometimes it was successful in helping countries develop, as India demonstrates.
Recovered Lib Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 8:58 PM
Excellent!! I'll bet that shut those elitist, smug Euros in a hurry!

One of many things left out of the film "The Iron Lady" was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's warnings on the effects a single currency would have on the economies of European nations. Thatcher's premonitions place her among the great political prophets of all time.

On the single currency, Peter Oborne, a columnist for the London Daily Telegraph, writes, "Mrs. Thatcher foresaw with painful clarity the devastation it was bound to cause. Her autobiography records how she warned John Major, her euro-friendly chancellor of the exchequer, that the single currency could not accommodate both industrial powerhouses such as Germany and smaller countries...