What do these symbols of prestige have in common:
Mercedes Benz, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, Ferarri, Lamborghini, Maserati?
If you said they are all controlled from nations which were our enemies in WWII, you are right.
As Jerry Seinfeld would say, "not that there is anything wrong with that".
Harry Truman's Marshall Plan and Douglas MacArthur's benevolent dictatorship have much to do with the success of the post war recovery in Europe and Japan, respectively. Think of the investment of US time, money, creativity and energy that went into the Post WWII recovery period for these disparate societies. Think of the different ways we went about developing Europe and Japan. It wasn't one formula fits all.
In Japan, Mac Arthur was pretty much left on his own, whereas, in Europe, it was a partnership project of the State Department and the then War Department.
Amazing, isn't it. When you really think about it.
How much of what we learned then is applicable to the Middle East today? Not the detail, but the process that led to those highly successful formulas over sixty years ago.
I wonder if anyone is really thinking about that.
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