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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

I wonder what would have happened had Usa declared its neutrality right after ww2?

How come only Switzerland and Sweden were smart enough to do that, even before the wars. I mean Iraq Vietnam and all these other wars got United states into the trouble it wanted. Look at 9/11. I guess that'swhat happens when a nation cannot minds its own business.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Impossible to say obviously but I suppose a many outcomes would be possible.

    The first thing coming to my head is that the Soviet Union would have more aggressively and blatantly undermined governments throughout western Europe. West Berlin would probably have been cut off and without American involvement for the Berlin Air Lift would have fallen to East Germany without a shot being fired. Over time, without US support, most of western Europe would have become socialist-leaning. I think West Germany would have joined the East (rather than the other way round). France would maintain a higher degree of independence and possibly retain some of it's empire, but despite having more national pride than a defeated Germany, it would not be an enema of the USSR. The world in general would be more hostile to capitalist, all be it neutral and isolationist, USA. The UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada would become isolationist, neutral and focused on self-preservation. They would not become soviet puppets but would still be influenced by socialism and surrounded by potential enemies would likely have retreated from the international stage and focused on maintaining independence. All would be friendly towards USSR, probably a full trading relationship.

    Ultimately a lot less blood would have been shed over the years of 'cold' war. But the world would be poorer, oppressed and technologically backward. The space race would never have happened and mankind would never have gone to the moon. Scientific and medically we would have progressed at a far slower rate. Communism would still have collapsed, possibly earlier as having no common capitalist enemy may have left the nations of the USSR even less unified. Nationalism and poverty in the Soviet Union would have still caused it's collapse, and without a strong force for liberal democracy, fascism may have risen again and plunged Europe and even the world into another war. The isolationist democratic countries would be the most prosperous and stable, and would be dragged into conflict and post-conflict rebuilding. The world would be a lot worse off.

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  • 1 decade ago

    We were forced into WW2 by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Before this, most of the country was against joining the war. FDR ran for his fourth term with a commitment to keep America out of the war.

    The unprovoked and murderous attack by Imperial Japan led to the Axis defeat 4 years later. It is likely that the Nazis would have prevailed for many more years if the US had not joined in full force.

    By being a member and having a permanent seat at the UN, it would have been impossible to declare neutrality in Korea and Vietnam. Both wars were started with UN intervention. Many other countries had roles in these wars, but the United States did most of the bleeding.

    As the world's "only" remaining superpower and leader of the free world, neutrality could not be declared. Democracy must be protected, but not forced upon a country.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The USA was neutral in WW2 until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. WW2 started in September 1939. The USA entered December 1941

    WW1 Started in 1914 The USA got involved in 1917

    Vietnam War = the french had been fighting in Vietnam since 1946 http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-234645/Vietna...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Americans need to give a lot of thought to the role of the US in the world. There should be a general set of rules or conventions that say when the US will intervene somewhere, and US citizens should expect their government to abide by them. Oh wait... I forgot.. there's international law.

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  • Karen
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    4 years ago

    THe USA wont declare world war, theyll be drawn into it by false flag operations created by the zionist, be prepared for israel to nuke the USA but blame IRAN or North korea or china

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  • 1 decade ago

    Considering that the US has the largest military in the world...I'd say that if we'd declared neutrality, there may have been a lot more chaos in the world.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dude, square heads is a term given to sweeds not germans.... just saw your answer on the other page,. wanted to give u a heads up

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  • 1 decade ago

    If we did that we sure wouldn't be speaking English right now. We just could be living in a dictatroship.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Man! the taxes would definetly be a lot less, This job as "World Baby-sitter" is damn costly !!

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