By James C. Bennett
From the International Desk
Published 7/6/2002 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- I am sometimes asked, and particularly on the Fourth of July, whether I regret the separation of Britain and America that date commemorates. My first reaction is "Of course not." Whatever might have become of America had the revolution gone differently, I have no reason to believe that kind of America would be better than what is here today.
That being said, however, it is interesting to consider the more complex answer to the original question, which is not "would it have been better if America had not become independent" but rather "why might America not have become independent, and if so, what would the consequences of that different history have been?"
It would have made a huge difference whether one assumes that the Declaration could have been avoided altogether by, say, a workable compromise between Congress and …