As we approach the 100th anniversary of the American Revolution, we must examine the impact of the United States’ involvement in the Great War.
Our country has been at war for almost a century and the war has cost us millions of lives.
Many Americans and their loved ones have suffered as a result of the conflict, but the nation has also suffered through an economic depression, the rise of communism and, of course, the Vietnam War.
We are still in the midst of that war.
There is no question that the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 to 1969, caused the loss of nearly $200 trillion in U.S. GDP.
But there is also no question the war created a great many problems.
During the war, the nation experienced a severe economic recession.
It also had its own civil unrest, as the civil rights movement grew.
And the war brought about an increase in unemployment, which had a major impact on our economy.
We learned, too, that we had been fighting an ideological war.
The war helped sow division among our nation’s political and cultural groups.
The conflict created an atmosphere of mistrust, and Americans had little confidence in our democracy.
There were also concerns about the safety of our military and intelligence services.
We did not have enough trained military personnel in the military to protect us from communist aggression.
We had also seen in the war the deterioration of our civil society, as some communities became too aggressive in their support of the war effort.
We saw, too and as many historians have pointed out, the loss and destruction caused by the war.
But what we also saw was a growing sense of patriotism.
The sense of duty and patriotism that our men and women in uniform had been experiencing since the beginning of the Great Revolution had become a part of the fabric of the nation.
We all felt a deep connection to our military.
We were not surprised, then, when the men and boys in uniform came home from the war in 1917 and saw the devastation and the pain that had been inflicted on our country.
That sense of patriotic pride became the basis of what we call the Cold War.
As the Cold, War, and War on Terror grew and as we faced the threat of an even greater communist threat, we saw a rise in patriotic sentiments.
We also saw the rise in nationalism, as a sense of national identity was created.
It was a sense that we, as Americans, were united in our common goal of defeating communism.
That shared goal has been the core of our national identity since the early 1900s.
In the 1960s, we had a new president, Richard Nixon, who made a commitment to defeat communism.
He called it the war on communism, and he and his advisers, who were closely involved in the Cold war, argued that America could never be defeated by the Soviet Union.
The U.K. and France agreed, but President Nixon decided to withdraw from the treaty that would have allowed the United Kingdom and France to share in the benefits of American military action against communism.
In a series of moves in the late 1970s, he made it clear that he did not trust the United Nations and that he would not support the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute crimes committed by the Communist governments of East Germany and Hungary.
The Cold War also created a new division within the United Nation.
In 1973, the United Socialist Party of Great Britain and Ireland, a socialist organization, joined with the United Communist Party of France to form the International Commission on the Soviet-Afghan War.
The commission was charged with bringing the Soviet empire to its knees.
It produced a report, which is still cited today, that concluded that the Soviet regime had committed war crimes, and the commission recommended a U.N. Security Council resolution to prosecute the war crimes.
The resolution was defeated by a majority vote of the U. N. Security Conference in 1974, but not before it was denounced as an attack on international law and human rights.
The next year, the Soviet leadership agreed to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.
It agreed to open its borders to international humanitarian aid and to a cease-fire.
In return, the U S. signed the Berne Declaration.
The declaration ended the war and established a peaceful peace in Afghanistan, and it was widely applauded.
We have not been as fortunate as we have been in the last decade.
Despite the efforts of our allies and the American people, the communist regime in Afghanistan has continued to oppress the Afghan people and to threaten the peace and security of the world.
And now, with the advent of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the conflict in Afghanistan is not over.
We still face a threat of a resurgence of the Taliban.
We know that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to pose a danger to the United Sates and to its allies.
The Islamic Republic has also continued to pursue its nuclear