Congratulations, I’m now over being sad and depressed. I’ve gone all the way to Pissed Off.
Read this first: That pissing damned file. Please note, this has been circulating in many places, I got it in email myself.
Okay, there are many problems with this damned thing.
Let’s start with the fact that after September 11th, we had the most support from foreign countries in the history of the nation. EVERY nation, with a few exceptions, were calling and emailing and showing support for us. Everyone thought it was a horrific thing that happened. ALL of them thought that the attacks on the World Trade Center were horrific and a crime against humanity. I seem to remember speeches from the floor of the UN about how terrible this was.
What happened? Simple. The invasion of Iraq was not about terrorism or anything other than revenge. All these nations didn’t support the invasion because it had nothing to do with anything except revenge of the Bush Dynasty against the towelheads that hurt them in 1990 and 1991. The Iraquis put up a hell of a defense and we tore it down, but we didn’t have the will to finish the job as a nation. So Daddy Bush has nothing to show for his 4 years in office.
In comes Jr. Junior decides that Daddy was embarrassed and he’s said that he was looking for an excuse to invade them. So remember this point.
So when 9-11 happened, that was all he needed. I have to admit that I was a fervent supporter of Bush when 9-11 happened, and I thought the campaign against the Taliban and Afghanistan were justified. But time dragged on, and there was no resolution.
It was at this point that I started thinking of 1984. Not Big Brother, but the “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” parts. I started seeing the continuous war, perpetuated by the Government to keep the internal peace and relative prosperity that an economy based on munitions and tools of combat has. I mean, look at the prosperity that occurred when we went into WWII, it totally turned around a depression to make the US the strongest economy in the world. From the bottom to the top in just a couple years.
I have a feeling that this is what BushCo. was counting on. The perpetual war against someone to keep us locked into a trance of mindlessness and prosperity. But to do that, you have to have an enemy. Al Queda disappeared, Osama bin Laden vanished and with the Taliban thrown down, who can we have as an enemy? Let’s look at the country that embarrassed Daddy Bush.
Thus the invasion began. That’s why there was no way that things like diplomacy, negotiation, the UN, inspectors and so on were allowed to work. I mean, Housain was to the point of allowing the inspectors to come in and have free access to everything. It had started, and then we invaded. We completely hamstrung the UN, the allies who were helping us and everything. We undermined them and stabbed them in the back. Which started the ball rolling on them leaving the coalition of nations.
In his arrogance, Bush is directly responsible for taking us from having a pretty much unified coalition of nations in support for us, to almost all of them abandoning us and us having the least support ever.
So the “lists” mentioned in the file are spurrious. They are the straw man set up so that it can be burned and attacked. The “second” list is the list of nations who had a conscience and a sense of civic duty to their own people, unlike our own “god” Bush. I remember the leaders of Spain and other nations who grieved about what they were doing and how they didn’t want to, but how they had a greater duty to their own citizens.
So now, with this file, these people want us to go on a campaign of hate and revenge against nations that didn’t want to leave the coalition, but did because they had to. Yep, what they proved was that terrorism works.
So instead of us trying to reconcile with these nations, forgive and forget, the author of this fantasy scenario wants us to attack something like 90% of the world because they made us mad.
America always helps. We do everything we can to ease human suffering and to make the world a better place. That is what we do. We have the resources and we have the will. In most normal circumstances. Apparently not today.
But let me point out the downside of cutting all aid off to other countries, disolving NAFTA, destroying trade agreements and so on. Pretty soon America won’t be able to support itself.
Yes, an aweful lot of our resources go overseas and ot other countries, but you know what, we have a LOT of money coming INTO our country because of that. Immagine for a minute that we destroy NATO and NAFTA. We stop allowing the products from Mexico to come into the US. What is going to be on the shelves of Wal-Mart? That only leaves the manufacturers of their items from America, which is normally several times what they are to buy from Mexico and from Hong Kong.
If we don’t buy products from other countries, we have no markets for our goods. Do you realize that Kentucky Fried Chicken is a multi-national corporation? That they have chains in Japan and Germany, along with K-Mart, Target, Coca-Cola, Burger King, and many other of the mainstays of American Life.
At this point, we don’t spend enough to support those corporations, which is why they extended themselves into other countries. I daresay that America is like Japan in that it can’t support itself without foreign imports and money. Japan does not have the resources, and we don’t have the resources now since we have intertwined ourselves with the rest of the world. America cannot continue to live the same life we enjoy right now without the rest of the world. It’s simple economics.
The CD player that takes Japan or Hong Kong $5 to make and ship to us, where we sell it for $15 to the lucky teen who wants it, costs American corporations $20 to make IF we can get the components for it (which also come from other countries), which is then sold for $60 or more, which is why we don’t buy it, too expensive.
Unfortunately, with international travel, and how much the world is interconnected, if a plague breaks out in Uganda, chances are that within about 48 hours, depending on how bad it is, cases could be showing up in America. So it’s in our own best interest to fight it while we can.
Speaking of the medical profession, you DO know that most of our best doctors come from other countries? Why do you think many of the doctors in hospitals and so on have names that are very hard for Americans to pronounce?
The retalliation from the world would be astounding. Better than a quarter of the people, many in very critical services, would leave either through deportment or through objection. I would be willing to bet that there would be many nations who would be willing to take those displaced Americans who left and give them shelter for political persecution.
I would also like to see the same standards applied to us that we apply to the rest of the world. I have yet to see ONE WMD inspector from other countries. I have yet to see anyone in America accused of the human rights violations that many of us are guilty of. But we are hypocritical enough to force these same standards on countries like France, England, Ireland, South Africa, India, Japan, and China, countries that (arguably) have just as much political and economic pull as we do.
Personally, I would rather get medical treatment from France or from India. I would note that it was a doctor from the European Union that found the proto-virus that causes HIV and AIDS. And many other medical advances came from those countries. In fact, they regularly beat America out in quality of care and in general success of the proceedures. It’s a shame there. WHO is not based in America, neither is Doctors Without Borders. And the Red Cross started in Switzerland, not America. Plus, the Red Cross in other countries, doesn’t charge for services provided like the American Red Cross does.
One thing that Americans HAVE GOT to get through their collective heads is that the United States is NOT the be-all, end-all of wonderfulness. This is a GLOBAL community, and every country in the world, every person in the world contributes to the whole. It is not possible for any one country to go off on it’s own and be an isolationist state.
The United States, when it was formed, was a dream. It was something that had never been done before. It had been tried and failed by the Romans. Welcome to the American Empire, the Sixth Reich, the Dictatorship of Bush. Pretty soon, the only way to get things done is going to be through revolution.
” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
I think it can be demonstratably argued that this current government has crossed those lines into Despotism. And while I am not advocating revolution, I want people to think about this and to understand where we as a nation are headed. And that this document is simply one reflection of the current trend of things.
And it’s a trend that I am coming to dread. I don’t like distopias like 1984 and One Nation Under God.