It is no accident that the United States has become the world's number one superpower. Starting from breaking free from British rule, expanding its territory, making a fortune in World War I and World War II, and now becoming the world's hegemon, careful observation will reveal that the United States differs from other countries in its cleverness and cunning. When it expanded its territory, it spent the most money to buy land. Some countries don’t understand, or even laugh. During the Second World War, it looked around the world, thinking about how to bring down its long-standing rival, Britain, how to make a big war, and thinking about when to send troops to its best advantage. At the end of World War II, the United States was thinking about post-war compensation. However, the United States’ choice on the issue of compensation has surprised the participating countries and is very puzzled.
As we all know, the war waged by the fascist axis has been fought for six years, from Europe to Asia, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. There are more than 60 countries and regions, a population of more than 2 billion, and an area of more than 2,000 square kilometers. Involved in the war, with more than 90 million casualties and losses of more than 5 trillion US dollars, it can be described as an unprecedented disaster in human history. In this way, the catastrophe is about to end and all countries participating in the war are facing recovery and reconstruction. This requires money, and it is not a small amount. , Whoever comes out of the money is of course the instigator of the war. They all look forward to imprisoning the defeated country to the International Court of Justice.We conduct liquidation.
As the war was about to end in 1945, the participating countries held a meeting in Yalta to discuss the distribution of war reparations. In order to recover the losses caused by the war, all countries are eager to make war claims and try to get more compensation. As the two superpowers of the Allied Powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, how much compensation can be paid is naturally the focus of everyone's attention at this meeting. However, the United States and the Soviet Union had completely different choices in claiming compensation, which later affected the development direction of the two countries.
The Soviet Union considered the huge casualties of the war, the post-war pension expenses were not small, and the combat area was seriously destroyed. Reconstruction required a large sum of money to provide Germany with a compensation of 20 billion U.S. dollars. Although Germany was unable to compensate, it still accepted this amount and will pay it back slowly in the future. In addition, the Soviet Union needed a lot of weapons and equipment. , Including the key technology of the German V2 missile. Almost all the other countries participating in the war are the same as the Soviet Union, either requiring money or equipment and technology. Only the United States’ choice is surprising and unexpected. In contrast to the Soviet Union, the United States can receive $26.6 billion in compensation from Germany. , But the United States does not want to directly offer 78 prisoners of war in exchange. This makes many countries unable to understand, but the facts have proved that the United States is extremely clever and visionary.
After carrying a huge amount of indemnity, I couldn't come up with 26.6 billion US dollars at that time, and I was forced to agree to this amount. It was just a blank check. Moreover, the United States not only accumulated a lot of wealth in the early stages of the war, but also made huge fortunes throughout the war. After the war, there were still many foreign debts that had not been recovered, so the United States was not short of money at all.
And the 78 prisoners of war that the United States proposed to exchange,They are not ordinary people, they are the top scientists in Germany. More than half of them have won Nobel Prizes. The United States knows that talents are the fundamental driving force for the country's development. Does it have to worry about not having money? 26.6 billion US dollars is indeed not a small amount, but how can it compare with the wealth created by 78 scientists for the United States!
Judging from the later development of the United States and the Soviet Union, the United States made wise, great, and correct decisions at that time. Judging from the development in less than 50 years after World War II, the Soviet Union received indemnities from Germany in a complicated situation and did not actually benefit much from it. Although it once competed with the United States for hegemony, it eventually collapsed. The United States has become a global leader in many fields such as military industry, medicine, and science and technology, and has become the world's number one superpower, and it has continued to this day. This shows that the strategic vision of the United States should prove that the strategy of rejuvenating the country with talents is the foundation of the country.