originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
a reply to: Quetzalcoatl14
After 911 a poll of many countries had people believing that the US was a greater threat to peace than Saddam I believe.
And yet we are such a threat that many countries want our help to train their military, and help when they need it...not something that happens when
you are the biggest threat to world peace.
Also 9/11 was 14 years ago...how many feel that way now?
Basically, when you are THE empire or sole remaining superpower, countries know to either get in line or suffer.
Moreover, there are plenty of corrupt leaders and weaker powers that will do so if it helps them retain their power over their own region or people,
such as Saudi Arabia. Or countless dictators and so on.
Many many people across the world still believe American foreign policy to be straight up evil and imperial. That includes all kinds of scholars,
It's simple dude. America really does do what it wants, invading, couping, regime changing, bombing, torturing. And the history is demonstrable that
the motivations are not for democracy or human rights. Often we have supported or done the opposite when it served our goals. This is provable.
You or someone else can make a "real politick" argument that this is the way of nations or empires, and historically you would be correct as well.
British Empire, Roman Empire, Egyptian Empire, Aztec Empire, etc. The US is not unique in that unilateral or self-serving approach to things.
However, all of this bull about "We are fighting for American principles or freedom" is total propaganda to brainwash the sheep to comply.
It is also incredibly cynical, because I guarantee you just about anyone globally who knows what is really going on realizes it is just propaganda.
It also is a deep injustice to blame many smaller powers for fighting back against this. This goes back to my real politick argument. If one attacks
or dominates a weaker power, don't be surprised or victim blame them if they resist.
edit on 26-9-2015 by Quetzalcoatl14 because: (no reason