Thus a term, "special relationship" is used to describe Anglo American association which is based on mutual interests as most trusted allies, supporting each other in NATO, providing an "atlanticist" voice in the European Union, and jointly advocating US strategic policies. The primacy of the transatlantic alliance has remained despite Britain's entry into the European Union. This has been sustained by the number of conflicts that both the countries have fought together in the past two decades, from the bombing of Libya to Kosovo and now Iraq. (Wither: 2003).
The role of war and conflict has thus been a major contributing factor that has shaped the nature of the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States. This is being examined in succeeding paragraphs in two parts. In Part I a broad swathe of history from 1940 to 2000 would be covered while Part II would cover the more contemporary years to the present coagulation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Second World War was initially fought on the European Continent and American role was marginal till it came under Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The American masses were generally against participation in a Continental War. ...Show more