Short Quiz

For discussion:

WORLD HISTORY 101 MID-TERM EXAM

This test consists of one (1) multiple-choice question (so you better get it right!)

Here’s a list of the countries that the U.S. has bombed since the end of World War II, compiled by historian William Blum:

China: 1945-46

Korea: 1950-53

China: 1950-53

Guatemala: 1954

Indonesia: 1958

Cuba: 1959-60

Guatemala: 1960

Congo: 1964

Peru: 1965

Laos: 1964-73

Vietnam: 1961-73

Cambodia: 1969-70

Guatemala: 1967-69

Grenada: 1983

Libya: 1986

El Salvador: 1980s

Nicaragua: 1980s

Panama: 1989

Iraq: 1991-99

Sudan: 1998

Afghanistan: 1998

Yugoslavia: 1999

QUESTION: In how many of these instances did a democratic government, respectful of human rights, occur as a direct result? Choose one of the following:

(a) 0

(b) zero

(c) none

One source attributes this quiz to Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Whatever the source, it’s certainly making the rounds on the web.

3 thoughts on “Short Quiz

  1. In another vein, why are we only interested in countries “bombed” after World War Two? Is it to avoid discussing Germany or Japan?

  2. This is a bit like asking “how many skyscrapers have been built by wrecking balls?”

    Military action of any kind takes place in the larger framework of National Strategy.
    To honestly answer this question, we need to ask:
    Was it our National Strategy to create “a democratic government, respectful of human rights” in all of those countries?
    How many of those countries now enjoy a such a government?
    How many others are heading in that direction?

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