a reply to: FyreByrd
I believe it is important to make a clear distinction between the activities of a nations government, and the beliefs, needs, and desires of its
I intensely dislike the foreign policy, intelligence agencies, and many things about the economic structure and related policies, of the United
States of America. These attitudes are held primarily as a result of the ripples of the aforementioned. In the case of foreign policy and the
intelligence community of the United States, I honestly believe they do more to promote terrorism with their drones, questionable justification for
invading sovereign nations, and their mass surveillance strategies, than they ever do to combat it. They also erode the privacy of everyone on the
planet, including citizens of the United States!
The economic structure of the United States also bothers me, since it was meant to be based on things like silver and gold, and is instead run on a
series of what amounts to cheques drawn on bank accounts with nothing in them. If you were not aware of this, I seriously suggest you look up the
fallacy of deficit reduction to find out how every dollar in existence has two dollars of debt attached to it, and can never be paid down. There will
ALWAYS be interest. The economy there, like the one here in the UK relies on debt entirely for its existence at this time, a foolhardy practice that
should never have been instituted.
With the people, and the culture of the United States, I have NO problem. I am proud to know many Americans through this website, and consider the
people of the United States a poorly done to bunch, when it comes to the quality of their political class, when compared to the amount of money that
the people pay them to get things done. But the people are golden in the main. I hold no grudge with them.
Israel, similarly, is a nation whose foreign policy makes me angry, preferring to blast a hospital building just because it may contain terrorists,
rather than perform surgical and rigidly collateral free assaults using counter terrorist specialists and special forces, not to mention their world
renowned Mossad organisation, to do a cleaner, less collateral heavy job of removing insurgents from Palestine. Their attitude to their neighbours,
even in the face of the threat posed to them, is barbaric and unacceptable, and I find myself wondering every day how it can be that a nation created
in the aftermath of a holocaust, can possibly see its current position as righteous, given the horrific ghettoisation of the Palestinian people, by
Israel's government. Its excuses of pathetic rockets being slung at them from Gaza is lame, since their Iron Dome technology could, if properly
implemented, make their borders utterly impregnable to everything from bullets to cruise missiles. Given that their defence industry is one of the
most advanced in the world, the rocket attacks as they stand are a particularly callous excuse for their punitive response to that "threat".
Their level of response ENSURES more terrorists are created than killed when they act, and they KNOW it.
However, these are the decisions of governments I am talking about. I have met many Israelis who do not feel that their government represents them,
in doing what it does, and going about it the way it does. I have no problem with even those Israelis who believe that these actions are justified,
because they are the victims of propagandism, rather than being originators of hate. Their government however is riddled with xenophobic tools, and I
hope its entire power structure as a nation gets its collective pelvis broken in a Skiing accident.
The people of Israel however, I have no quarrel with what so ever. I do not hate them.
You see, my own nations government is hardly representative of its people, and has not been since before I was born. I hate them with a passion,
because they fail us every day, with their questionable support of a clearly flawed policy of arming rebels to fight terror, who become terrorists
themselves in time, for their continued support for and refusal to admit the fallacy of a ground war prosecuted by a highly visible, obviously
military force, against a shadowy, cell based organisation of terrorists, a strategically idiotic move if ever there was one, a move so idiotic as to
suggest that most of the war on terror had nothing to do with terrorism what so ever, and may have been a cover for an agenda which we are left to
They fail us when they cut public spending instead of renegotiating poorly written contracts, and reclaiming BILLIONS of pounds in unpaid tax from
private firms with whom the government have contracts. Some of these companies overcharge the government by hundreds of percent, and fail to pay tax,
by putting their banking off shore, and this costs the taxpayer a massive, massive amount of money per department, per year. It makes me want to
literally pull the head off of George Osborne, slowly, over a period of days, when he cuts the benefit paid to the disabled, or to the unemployed,
without having first ensured that those with the broadest backs have not shirked their greater responsibility.
They fail us when they try to privatise our NHS by the backdoor, or fail to fund it correctly. They fail us when they refuse to answer questions
honestly, concisely, and without waving their metaphorical phalluses in everyone's face, and they fail us by being over educated and under
experienced in what it means to do a days physical graft, and yet having the cheek to call themselves our representatives in government.
They failed us when the allowed the banks to steal our futures.
I have more in common, with the common man or woman in the US, or Israel, than I do with the leaders of my nation. We share the same needs, food,
shelter, heat and power on tap, and a certain degree of security from invading forces and criminal enterprises. I feel no hate for fellow citizens of
For those who mistakenly claim to be representative of their respective people however, I have nothing but the most awe inspiring loathing.