March 17th 2007

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: East Timor elections: Australia's role

EDITORIAL: East Timor's democratic alternative

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Can Kevin Rudd handle the heat?

OVERSEAS TRADE: Wheat's single selling-desk under threat

QUARANTINE: Parliament must not shirk its responsibility

STRAWS IN THE WIND: He knew not what he done, guv ... / Bring back our demonstrators - official! / Inspector Rex meets Robert Mugabe / The Balibo Five

MERCHANTS OF SLEAZE: Destroying our daughters' innocence

ABORTION: Winning over women one at a time

OPINION: Freedom of speech under threat

GOOD READING: We still need tales of bravery and heroism

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Rare mineral's use in miniaturised gadgets

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Angling for a greater role on the world stage

Anti-Americanism (letter)

Green radicalism (letter)

Green hoaxes (letter)

BOOKS: AMERICA ALONE: The end of the world as we know it, by Mark Steyn

BOOKS: THE GREAT WAR, by Les Carlyon

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Anti-Americanism (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, March 17, 2007

I am often astonished at the mass hysteria of some letter-writers in newspapers, forever rubbishing America, as if we were some world power strong enough to look after ourselves.

America's critics conveniently ignore the fact that Western Europe, Taiwan, South Korea and now much of Eastern Europe, owe their freedom to the efforts of America in World War II and the Cold War.

I recall, as a child during World War II, how frightened I was, awaiting news of the outcome of the Coral Sea battle, which was won mainly by the U.S. navy.

Some critics of America can be quite irrational. I remember that, in primary school, we had in our class a boy who obviously came from a hate-America family, who were forever complaining about "the number of Yank soldiers in Brisbane".

I got tired of hearing him. So, in front of many in the class, I said to him, "Would you prefer it to be Japanese soldiers?"

Frank Bellet,
Petrie Qld

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