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President Roosevelt worried about the rise of Fascisim and Dictators but the American populace did not understand how brutal and cruel, well murderous, the dictators of other nations could be. He did try to educate the Americans and some of the freelance and foreign correspondents tried to do that too through out the 1930s and 1940s.

Unfortunately, due to the "sting of World War 1" the Americans and Canadians had developed a calloused heart about European nations and other nations' problems. They were afraid of having their sons killed off in a futile and uncessary war fought over monarch issues.

So the America populace were basically ignorant of dictators and their behavior. They did not have television, internet, GPS cell phones, satellites, global newspapers or global telephones as we have today. They had an excuse for being ignorant. We do not however so we have to be on our toes to protect other nations who are being harmed by evil dictators (like Sadam Hussein).

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The US public and most US politicians were staunchly separatist in the Thirties and beyond. This meaning that they wanted to stay completely out of the developments, policies and eventual wars of other countries. So the general reaction of the USA to the rise and actions of people like Mussolini, Hitler, Spain's General Franco or the ruling Japanese army leadership was: "It doesn't and must not concern us". Even after Hitler had started the war, the majority of the US public and most politicians did not want to get involved.

US President Roosevelt needed great cunning, cajoling and persuasion to get permission to even ship basic necessities like food and oil to England. He also used his power to extend the territorial waters of the US, finally to halfway the Atlantic ocean. This gave him an excuse to help patrol at least the western Atlantic and keep it - as much as possible - free from U-boat attacks. Only after Japan and Germany themselves had declared war on the US in 1941 could Roosevelt convince Congress to join in and fight the Fascist dictators.

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It didn't respond and the political climate was one of isolation. It was thought that the rest of world could take care of it's self and the United States needed to look inward. The result was fascism and the movement towards Dictatorship. To some extent you can see some of the same factors today. When fear takes over people have a tendency to follow the fear.

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When faced with the expanding communist dictatorships in Asia during the Cold War, the US supported the democracies in the area.

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Why were Americans discouraged by the rise of dictatorships in Europe and Asia

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Most Americans wanted the United States to stay out of foreign conflicts

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