Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fact of the Day: United States of America Greenland

After World War II, America wanted Denmark to sell them Greenland. They wanted to use the huge landmass as a way to counter Soviets in the arctic with military bases and operations.  Denmark turned them down, however a NATO agreement allowed the U.S. to do what they originally wanted to anyway. 

13 comments:

  1. Many, many years ago, I had a friend who was actually stationed there,and my goodness, she said it was super cold! Hugs...

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  2. If at first you don't succeed, try another way, or bribe the right people.

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  3. Not exactly the same thing, but I was listening last night to a man talk about how an environmental agency was going to take his land, cut down all his trees and and burn the land..all because of some extinct frog that hasn't been in LA in forever. I just sat there listening with my jaw dropped to the floor. It could happen to anyone, at anytime, and he told about all the legal battles he was fighting. The government has this thing they do...if you don't sell them your land (like for new highways or easements) they can take your land by eminent domain..and they will pay you what THEY think it is worth, not what you ask for. So this news doesn't suprise me, but then again, we took land away from the Indians so many years ago, without their consent...it seems to be the thing to do.

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  4. I didn't know Denmark didn't want to give it away!

    -Kati
    Almost Stylish

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  5. Greenland is a place I long to go. I've flown over it several times in clear weather, and the island calls to me. Slowly, but surely Greenland is moving toward full independence from Denmark. I was surprised to discover that the US undertook a top secret project to establish a series of mobile nuclear missile launch sites under the icecap near Thule Air Base during the Cold War. The purpose was to be able to strike the Soviet Union with medium range missiles. The project was abandoned because the ice proved too unstable. Growing up in Canada, I was keenly aware of the Soviet threat, especially since I lived between the Mid-Canada and Pinetree Lines of the DEW Lines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I love how you prompt me to revisit so many historical things, Adam!

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  6. The last time I flew over Greenland, most of the ice was gone.

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  7. I used to know people that were stationed at Thule ..and the always said the same thing..there was a woman behind every tree...(no trees)

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