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Originally posted by plumranch
reply to post by Mokoman
Oh, there will be lots of changes in 20 years but the overall position and stattus of the US in world affairs won't.
You're right, that position won't change... it already has. The status you are talking of started crumbling down a long time ago. It's long gone my friend.
There will be plenty of domestic issues to deal with then as now. Since when does that prevent the US from involvement in foreign affairs except maybe in your mind?
It doesn't. They do as they please, and do it with pride. As do other self-proclaimed superpowers. Being an aggressor doesn't make you special in any way. Certain countries get privileges because the others value a peaceful relationship and don't want to risk getting nuked. It's called fearmongering. If spreading fear and tyranny is equal to having special status then I misunderstood the meaning and stand corrected...
And since when are countries in the world equal? They aren't, get over it. You go ahead and "move beyond that" and the rest of us will face reality!
Reality is what we make it. I have moved way beyond 'that' which is why I won't be bullied anymore. But you are free to continue believing you are living in a special country. Just don't expect the rest of the world to share your view, besides the ones who are brainwashed (like yourself) or afraid.
For example, the UN general council gives equal status to countries but the UN security council gives special privileges to select members.
Originally posted by Mokoman
One thing unique about US is that it's the only country in the west where the indigenous inhabitants live in fenced reservations. You talk about Americans like it's a race of people. Seems to me like there's enough domestic issues to resolve before involving with foreign afairs... let alone claim to have special status.
It's all about respect.
Could you perhaps explain to me what you think makes one country better / more special / superior to another?
Originally posted by nenothtu
reply to post by dragonridr
You forgot to mention that some have sneaked off the res...
It's easy... you just make sure the white folks are looking the other way - and make sure you have your wirecutters handy!
I liked the reference about your mom not having to live in tee-pees any more. My people never lived in 'em to begin with. Neither did we wear those big 'ol feather hats, with feathers trailing all the way to the ground!
The misconceptions aren't just overseas. I went into an unemployment office several years ago, and the lady looked me up on their computer (I guess it was linked to other government machines, because I never told 'em I was an indian) and she looks at me and says "You don't LOOK like an indian". I kinda looked at her deadpan for a minute, then asked if it would help if I went outside and came back with some feathers in my hair...
I don't think it is better, special or superior as it is just the US position in the world in regards to military and economic strength. Right now and far into the future no one is close. Not China, not Russia, etc., the EU has the size but not the organization or the will.
Originally posted by wouldu
If it wasn't for the US, the world would be incomplete chaos
You defend the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by weighing up various other evils - however those were not military targets, they were civilian. Military targets were available - but not chosen - also - Japan was ready to surrender - further even a demonstration of the use of a nuke would have likely caused instant submission - even if it was just used on a unpopulated area
Japanese leaders, many demonstrating little concern for the suffering of their own people, had already witnessed U.S. firebombing and often near-total destruction of 64 cities without ending the war.
The U.S. had shown it could level Japanese cities almost at will in the months preceding Hiroshima. Whether the U.S. did so with hundreds of bombers or with one plane and one bomb did not fundamentally alter the strategic situation in the eyes of Japanese leaders.
Even Army Minister Korechika Anami’s startling announcement on August 9 that he had intelligence indicating that the U.S. might have more than 100 additional atomic bombs and that Tokyo would be the next target did not change the views of members of the War Cabinet who remained deadlocked 3-3 over whether to simply demand retention of the emperor system or to add three additional conditions
The conflict in Korea was not useful - North Korea is poor not because it is communist - but because it has been sanctioned to death. The capitalist system used in South Korea is the same flawed system of money and finance that has enslaved the rest of the western world - and is soon to bring its destruction - exponential growth is no longer plausible.
North Korea is a self-described Juche (self-reliant) state with a pronounced cult of personality organized around Kim Il-sung (the founder of North Korea and the country's first and only president)
According to Kim Jong-il's On the Juche Idea, the application of Juche in state policy entails the following:
1. The people must have independence (chajusong) in thought and politics, economic self-sufficiency, and self-reliance.
Despite its aspirations to self-sufficiency, North Korea has continually relied on economic assistance from other countries. Historically, North Korea received most of its assistance from the USSR until its collapse in 1991. In the period after the Korean War, North Korea relied on economic assistance and loans from "fraternal" countries from 1953-1963 and also depended considerably on Soviet industrial aid from 1953-1976.
Following the fall of the USSR, the North Korean economy went into a crisis, with consequent infrastructural failures contributing to the mass famine of the mid-1990s. After several years of starvation, the People's Republic of China agreed to be a substitute for the Soviet Union as a major aid provider
However - communism, or rather a nasty blend of facism is threatening your own nation - and should you fail to recognize this viper in your own house, and remove its head - then you will succumb to the very system your country has fought so successfully across the world.
The main thing that I would like to say about the US is this - it has been owned and operated by the globalists for quite a while. One thing they have never quite achieved is the complete destruction of its constitution.
EDIT: I should point out that the brand of corporatism/fascism that is currently being practiced in the west, is a greater threat to humanity than communism - simply because it creates the power to enforce that brand of government. Real capitalism must depend on real money - not money created from nothing by private banks - who intend nothing less than the enslavement of the entire world.