Rufus Sanders was commenting June 29 on the struggle for freedom in Iran and the United States. He said, "After taking a clue from the French Revolution we overthrew the British and in essence proclaimed freedom and democracy for the entire world for all time to come." The French Revolution actually came after our war of independence with England. It is rather ironic that a government so unlike our own helped us in our war for freedom. The French king gave us support in our war. It was the support of French ships at Yorktown which made it impossible for the British to flee by water and helped lead to the British defeat at Yorktown. We might not have won our struggle for independence had it not been for the aid given by the French king. Our revolution was what gave the French the idea to pursue their war of independence. The American Revolution began in 1775 and the French Revolution began in 1789.
Mr. Sanders' article was interesting and I agree that what is happening in Iran is their fight. I don't believe it would be wise for us to become entangled in the workings of their government. I do hope that freedom wins out for the sake of those involved and the security of the world. I find no fault with the main idea of his comments. It just bothers me to see historical facts incorrectly presented in articles.
Carol A. Stein