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Dutch Wrote: Jared, you are showing your true colors; When was the civil war? When was the WWII?
The Civil War was fought between 1861 and 1865.
World War II, which is kind of a catchall phrase because the unresolved issues from WWI are what eventually led to another great war on the continent, has a host of different "start" dates depending on if you use the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931, the Italians annexation of Albania in early 1939, or Germany's invasion of Poland in September of 1939.
There hasn't been a continent wide war in Europe since.
My thread was in response to your statement that "in Europe they had many wars on their soil, that "hardened" them. Here they are "soft" because they never had to fight for themselves because of no wars on their soil."
Unless you were alive during the great religious wars of Europe's past then both Europe and the United States are "soft" by your standards because there hasn't been any major wars on either continent for many years.
Dutch Wrote: On the news MSNBC: 65% of people here don't own an passport as well have never been away from American soil. That says enough. They are totally indoctrinated by the "local" news ( owned by a couple of "moguls") Why do you think they vote for Trump? Yes Americans are "softies" including you, since you continually show your island mentality. Why invade this country? No one wants it; what good is a bunch of gun toting rednecks who want to run the world while drinking beer and sniffing pot? If people here are so wild about Trump then I guess there must be something wrong with their brains.
No need to make any personal attacks against me just because I happen to disagree with you on a variety of topics.
The reason so few people have a passport is a little more complicated than "island mentality." For starters--Americans were able to travel to both Canada and Mexico without a passport until very recently. Another thing you seem to not understand is that the continental United States is 3,000 miles wide and 1,500 miles from north to south. Europe is a small fraction of that size.
EU passport holders are able to travel freely throughout European countries the same way American citizens are able to travel freely throughout the fifty states. And some people just can't afford the air fare, hotel accommodations, and the various other expenses of traveling outside of North America. Sometimes it's just easier for a family to travel to one of our dozens of National Parks instead of paying $15,000 to travel to Europe for one week with their family.
It's not as simple as it is in Europe where you can hop in your car and be in another country in a few hours.