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    then try French. One or the other will gain adequate interpretation no matter where one might go in this world. I can't say the same for any other languages and I've been about everywhere. The French are more capitalistic than even ourselves, Americans. It's ironic that we hear so much negativity towards them.
     
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    Yes, we inherited Vietnam from them. Too bad we didn't take them up on Algeria.:D
     
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    French is a universal language not because people revere them so much but because, like the British, they thought it was their manifest destiny to conquer the world, enslaving others in the name of colonization. The very same crimes they accused the Japs of doing which started WW2. Heaven forbid some other country should try to muscle in on French/British land grabbing.
    The irony is that both France and Britain lost their "empires" after WW2 which they fought to protect said holdings!!!
     
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    I must disagree with you on two counts, French is not only a universal language through colonisation but 100 years ago was also the language of Court and Diplomacy making the ability to speak French a necessity for any educated person.

    Secondly, European colonization, and the resulting national jealousies, were a direct cause of WW 1. Between the wars the European countries were too heavily involved economically with post war reconstruction to become involved in extending Empires.

    The causes of WW2 are complex but were a direct result of aggression by fascist states It is true that Japan had invaded parts of China and Korea between the wars but it must be remembered that WW2 started in Setember 1939 and not with Pearl Harbour in December 1941.
     
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    "...it must be remembered that WW2 started in Setember 1939..."

    I believe WW2 started with the Jap invasion of Manchuria in 1931.

    "The causes of WW2 are complex but were a direct result of aggression by fascist states,,,"

    Excuse me!!!

    The Japs didn't do anything that Britain and France hadn't already done to Asia. The so-called democratic countries of Britain and France weren't trying to save the world from tyranny; they were trying to save their tyranny from the world. They had their piece of the pie, the natural resources of Asia, and how dare Japan try to muscle in.
     
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    yeah *ahem* now where was it that slavery was abolished last.......?
    where is it that has a homophobic racist as a *fictitious* preseident?

    tough questions
     
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    misysvienna, do you vote absentee?
     
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    Then again it could just be that China was defending itself from Japan.

    Far be it for you to assume 20 or so million people died for British interests in China.
     
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    Slavery still exists.

    I don't know. Not the U.S., our president actually exists and isn't a racist. Homophobia isn't a real word. There is no such thing as a clinical fear of homosexuals.
     
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    Easy answers.

    Slavery still exists.



    Limiting to just nations of White-European culture, Cuba was last.

    Before that was Pueto Rico.

    Before that Holland.

    Before that the U.S.

    All non-Western nations followed after Cuba.

    So if you "hinting" at something with the U.S., your history lessons are in need of a refresher.
     

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