A reader writes:

The reader is correct that intervention by the European powers saved the Greek War of Independence, but more interesting is America's response. On July 4 1821 Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, referring to the conflict, told Congress:

"She [the United States of America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

If only.

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