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isn't it also true, that america's policies are controlled by a small selection of people (be it elites) that are not truthfully representing the will of the people.
The Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, is a group founded in 1997 that has been agitating since its inception for a war with Iraq. PNAC was the driving force behind the drafting and passage of the Iraqi Liberation Act, a bill that painted a veneer of legality over the ultimate designs behind such a conflict. The names of every prominent PNAC member were on a letter delivered to President Clinton in 1998 which castigated him for not implementing the Act by driving troops into Baghdad.
Weapons of mass destruction are a smokescreen. Paeans to the idea of Iraqi liberation and democratization are cynical in their inception. At the end of the day, this is not even about oil. The drive behind this war is ideological in nature, a crusade to 'reform' the religion of Islam as it exists in both government and society within the Middle East. Once this is accomplished, the road to empire will be open, ten lanes wide and steppin' out over the line. At the end of the day, however, ideology is only good for bull sessions in the board room and the bar. Something has to grease the skids, to make the whole thing worthwhile to those involved, and entice those outside the loop to get into the game.
and if that threat were to be completely and utterly eradicated, it would immediately be replaced by a different single greatest threat to world peace.
It is a product of human nature, and at its raw, unvarnished heart, human nature, like nature itself, is violent.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
I think this clip sums things up.
**NSFW - Language**
originally posted by: WilburnRoach
Supposedly at one time America wouldn't attack you primitively.
Human history offers no examples of spontaneous peace, and such peace as there has been has always come at the price of war, because only those who possess the power to win wars have the power to impose peace.
The Peace of Westphalia established the precedent of peaces established by diplomatic congress, and a new system of political order in central Europe, later called Westphalian sovereignty, based upon the concept of co-existing sovereign states. Inter-state aggression was to be held in check by a balance of power. A norm was established against interference in another state's domestic affairs. As European influence spread across the globe, these Westphalian principles, especially the concept of sovereign states, became central to international law and to the prevailing world order
A truly frank talk about America can only occur within the context of a frank talk about the world in which it exists, and the world in which it exists is not a world of peace.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
The United States of America doesn't represent freedom any longer.
I don't think any place does.