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Truth is that the end of the Cold War was perceived in Washington, DC as a heaven sent opportunity to construct a genuine global empire complete with 100 military bases spread over every continent. American journalist and commentator Thomas Fleming wrote the following passage way back in March 1999: "Now that the Soviet Empire belongs to history, and for the foreseeable future Germany is in no position to go back to rattling sabres, the United States is top dog -- unchallenged in its might, but irresponsible in its leadership and uncontrolled appetite for hegemony. Some American conservatives are already calling for an American 'imperium', which they have tried, unsuccessfully, to distinguish from an empire (Americans don't study Latin.) Whatever we call it, American adventurism is the greatest force for evil in the world today."
When guns blaze, and swords are drawn and ploughshares left to rust in the meadows, media barons, always on cue, take up their cudgels. It is the 21st century's primary trans-Atlantic predator proclaiming its corporatist lineage to Mussolini and Goebbels. The obscenity of Iraq's destruction and colossal human loss is transformed into a luminous triumph of the democratic will; US-armed Islamist jihadis once counted a blessing in the struggle to reduce and traduce Russia and, to a lesser degree, India; after 9/11 they became a curse.
The US Democratic Party's obfuscated coronation of Mr Barack Obama as its candidate in November's presidential election was played out to tunes of primordial glory; in contrast the equally rousing call of the Russian Parliament that the breakaway Georgian enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia be recognised as sovereign states is derided as xenophobia. Muslim Kosovo was detached from Orthodox Christian Serbia on the ground of self-determination and declared independent by American and EU decree, with cavalier disregard for Serbian sensitivities and over the vigorous objections of fellow Orthodox friend, Russia. But the elixir of Kosovo becomes hemlock when applied to areas where Western realpolitik affirms territorial integrity as a paramount principle. At such moments one is reminded of the stately Tory MP Edward du Cann striding down the corridors of the House of Commons, when a fellow MP stopped him to ask the time: "What time would you like it to be, old boy," he drawled, casting a languid look at his gold pocket watch. The anti-Russian vitriol over Georgia from America's good and great, products of motley national security think-tanks singing from a common hymn-sheet, says much for the jaundiced eyes of the beholder, there being nothing quite like the malignity of disappointed humanity.
Originally posted by purplemonkey
i think you will find that every government, coporation, oragnisaton and person display some form of hypocrisy during their life time.
but this just feels like US bashing... quick everyone on the bandwagon.
USA must be the flavour of the month.
[edit on 2-9-2008 by purplemonkey]
Originally posted by FiatLux
Yes, it amazes me how we are so evil here in the US, so, it mUS that tells the muslim people to stone their women to death,ust be the right? And that a loving God wants you to go kill all of the people in the US for being evil, right? I see were up early to start the old hate America ball rolling.
US that tells the muslim people to stone their women to death
Originally posted by FiatLux
Yes, it amazes me how we are so evil here in the US, so, it must be the US that tells the muslim people to stone their women to death, right? And that a loving God wants you to go kill all of the people in the US for being evil, right? I see were up early to start the old hate America ball rolling.
Originally posted by fmcanarney
The people of the US are among the most generous in the world.