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That brings us to FDR's 1940 campaign promise that America's kids wouldn't be used as cannon fodder in a war on foreign soil. At the same time, Australians were a bit perturbed that many of their young men had been sent to participate in the slaughter of millions of young citizens of the British Empire in a war that was waged thousands of miles away from their homeland.   The Australian Prime Minister during WWII, John Curtin, told Winston Churchill that the Aussies in the military would only be used to defend their own country.   The American President seemed more concern with the potential loss of Australian land to an invading Japanese military than the British Prime Minister was.   The Brits were concerned about protecting access to oil in Saudi Arabia (sound familiar?).  

Prime Minister Curtin, who isn't mention in many history books about WWII, kept his commitment to his citizens and the Aussies were not sent to the European Theater of Operations as they had been after an Austrian nobleman had been "offed" by a (tah dah!) deranged lone gunman operating in Serajhivo.   When they promised to "never forget" the sacrifice made by those who died at Gallipoli, they kept their promise.

[Note from the photo editor:   Many Americans who are baffled by the word "Gallipoli" would be astounded to learn (by Watching Good Morning Australia?) that Kalgoorlie's War Memorial is prominently displayed near the train station where most of the city's tourists arrive.] 

Would Australians be traumatized by the thought of sending troops to participate in the Syrian Civil War if they knew it is (relatively speaking) close to Gallipoli?  

Isn't it an odd coincidence to note that media moguls in the USA seem as reluctant to permitting foreign media into the lucrative market in America as were the staff of the German OKW during WWII?  

Feeding Good Morning Australia to America's cable TV audience might "poison the well" as far as pure ideology is concerned and therefore be as unappealing as the possibility of including Triple J radio, Sky Rock, and (if it still exists) Radio Caroline to the folks who get an app that lets them listen to thousands of American radio channels.   (Cue the image of the hall of mirrors sequence in "Lady from Shanghai"?)  

The purity of America's political philosophy must be insured and thus restricting access to foreign political punditry is as essential now as it was back in the day when news was controlled by Goebbels, eh?   Berkeley CA once elected a member of the Socialist Party as mayor and so American's must be ever vigilant to stand guard against the possibility that their kids' minds can be corrupted again by claptrap ideology from foreigners, eh? 

The French teach their kids "One for all and all for one" (Just like in the book ?)   Do you want your kids thinking like the members of a famous Oakland motorcycle gang?   This is America and our motto (which should be on the money) is:   "Every man for himself, boys!"

W.E.B. du Bois said:   "Freedom always entails danger." 

Now the disk jockey will play AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," the Bee Gees' "Nights on Broadway," and Olivia Newton John's "Have you never been mellow?"   We have to go investigate the disappearance of pay phones.   Have a "clean phone records" type week.

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