Letters to the Editor: ‘Europe needs to stand strong as US isolationism threatens our security’

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Letters to the Editor: ‘Europe needs to stand strong as US isolationism threatens our security’


America first: US President Donald Trump in Paris for the Armistice Day centenary yesterday. Photo: Reuters
America first: US President Donald Trump in Paris for the Armistice Day centenary yesterday. Photo: Reuters

History is written by the victors, as the saying goes, and nowhere is this more true than in Europe’s relationship with the US. Growing up in a Europe rebuilt by America after World War II, there has never been a lack of praise for the country and its people in history books, documentaries and TV shows.

Time and time again, I have seen very positive descriptions of the US, and America has never tried to deny or disagree with these views, even going so far as to claim it is the grandest pillar and example of democracy, freedom and equality.

This is, of course, far from the truth. Claiming equality is a laughable stretch, even the most ignorant people know of the horrible racism that was faced by anyone who was not Protestant, white and Anglo-Saxon in America – including the discrimination faced by Irish immigrants. What is even worse is that this racism isn’t even gone – it’s still an ever-present problem for certain minorities.

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