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“In America itself, after 30 years of experimenting with the Great Society programmes, there is widespread crime and violence, children kill each other with guns, neigbourhoods are insecure, old people feel forgotten, families are falling apart. And the media attacks the integrity and character of your leaders with impunity, drags down all those in authority and blames everyone but itself.”
– Lee Kuan Yew, Sept 1995, that is before the 1997 Asia crisis
“Let’s try and help the Americans in whatever way we can to solve this problem…They have brought us, through 60 years of peace and stability. Let’s keep it.”
– Lee Kuan Yew on the US-led war in Iraq, Straits Times, Jun 4, 2004