Which of the enemies that the US fought during the 20th century was the least repulsive?

Which of the enemies that the US fought during the 20th century was the least repulsive?

  • The Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary)

  • The Axis Powers (Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan, and some minor Axis countries)

  • North Korea

  • North Vietnam

  • Saddam Hussein's Iraq


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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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SoCal
Which of the enemies that the US fought during the 20th century was the least repulsive?

Personally, I'd have to give my vote to the Central Powers of WWI. While the Ottoman Empire was repulsive as Hell, the US never actually declared war on the Ottoman Empire (or on Bulgaria, for that matter). The CPs that the US did declare war on--Germany and A-H--while certainly having their flaws, were relatively tame in comparison to the US's later enemies. Germany and A-H had their own parliaments (albeit with a lot of gerrymandering), political parties, and relative freedom of the press--something that can't be said for the US's later enemies. Indeed, Germany and A-H were absolute pussycats in comparison to a lot of the US's later enemies.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
21,731
SoCal
I'd rank these enemies like this from least to most repulsive:

1. The CPs
2. North Vietnam
3. Saddam Hussein's Iraq
4. North Korea
5. The Axis Powers

It was virtually a tie for 4th and 5th place, but ultimately North Korea is slightly less repulsive since, AFAIK, it never actually tried to exterminate an entire ethnic group or race of people.
 
Oct 2016
1,157
Merryland
we didn't 'attack' Grenada, we rescued it

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I should have said 'Central Powers' but I voted North Vietnam.
the tragedy about the whole Vietnam conflict is that most of the Vietnamese were just fighting for independence and didn't care about communism, which was why we were there.
if Ho Chi Minh had been a fascist or just a socialist there might never have been US involvement.
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mark87

Ad Honorem
Jan 2014
2,078
Santiago de Chile
Central Powers by a thin margin, let's not forget Imperial Germany had the Herero-Namaqua Genocide in Namibia going on few years before the war and the whole ''rape of Belgium'' thing during the war.
 
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Rodger

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
6,171
US
The Central powers for sure. If we looked at other opponents besides those with whom we had but a brief skirmish, I would argue that the British Empire at the time of the American Revolution might have been the most benign. Ironic. After all, the Brits in 1812 were boarding American ships and taking sailors, the Confederates had slavery and even the Spanish in 1898 were allegedly mistreating the natives in Cuba. Your other options Futurist in this pool are worse to me. Add to that the Taliban in Afghanistan.
 
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Feb 2019
846
Serbia
I voted for CP with North Vietnam being in close second. The CP was not really too bad, Germany had a bad track record of crimes and aggression but compared to others on the list they weren't too bad. Austria-Hungary was also overly expansionist and committed warcrimes but on a much smaller scale and didn't seem to do much wrong. If Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire were included in the CP in this case NV would be an easy choice. NV was not really evil, the people were fighting for independence and didn't care for communism that much and considering that South Vietnam wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and that the USA wasn't exactly ''nice'' in that war I would say that NV was on the ''right'' side in this case.
 
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Feb 2019
846
Serbia
After all, the Brits in 1812 were boarding American ships and taking sailors
Might be nitpicking but many of the sailors taken were British deserters from the Royal Navy, when put into the wider context of the Napoleonic Wars the War of 1812 has a whole list of reasons for starting. Impressment was mostly a propaganda issue and went unchallenged in the Treaty of Ghent. (It ended in 1814 as Napoleon was defeated and Britain demobilised.)
 

Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,548
Republika Srpska
I voted for North Vietnam. North Korea was the attacker in the Korean War, Iraq was also pretty bad, the Axis are the Axis and the CP, while not Axis-level bad, still started World War I and were responsible for the bulk of the war crimes in that war.