posted on Nov, 18 2010 @ 10:01 AM
As a long time reader of this site, I have never been so compelled to post my thoughts as I am in support of this particular thread and the OP. I know
that there are many of you who will find exceptions to my rant, and I appreciate and respect your viewpoints regardless of my opinion.
Let me begin by saying that I am a 60 year old, well educated individual who has had the benefit of both living and visiting many foreign countries
and experiencing their varied cultures. I have friends who live in both Europe and the Middle East and we often discuss politics and culture when
together. I have found that, aside from the exceptions taken to hyper-political positions taken by the USA, most tend to admire the USA for more
reasons than not. Allow me to elaborate:
More people come to the USA for advanced education than any other country in the world. Even the Chinese allow and encourage their (select) citizens
to come here. Why do we have one of the highest legal immigration rates in the world? Is because we are so vile? I don’t see streams of people
wanting to become citizens of the countries we apologize to. We have the highest rate of resident visa applications in the world. If China, et al, are
so good, why aren’t people lining up to become citizens? Countries with Christian-Judeo values and/or histories of political tolerance, such as USA,
Western Europe, Australia, and alike, all have enjoyed the position of desire for citizenship. Sure, every country and society has its warts. We all
have done some pretty despicable things in our past. But they are hoisted into the public debate and, for the most part, are cleansed by the light of
debate and action. I have not read anything regarding laws in China to outlaw state torture, or in Saudi Arabia or any other country with which we
have rendition agreements with. Hmmmm.
Twice, the world stood on the brink of totalitarian dominance under the conflict of two world wars. Twice the USA supplied the blood and treasure to
create the tipping point that determined the outcome of those conflicts. Would Western Europe and Great Britain have survived the Nazi onslaught with
our engagement? Yes, we did some things that hindsight questions…internment camps for citizens of Japanese descent, and the dropping of the atomic
bomb. Habeas Corpus was even suspended by Lincoln during the civil war. Countries, like people, can react inappropriately under stressing
circumstances (not an excuse) under the guise of self preservation, just like you can regrettably yell at your wife or child if pushed to that point.
But we have admitted most of our failings in the public forum (though not all). Have all the other countries done so? Does every country have a free
press, right to free speech, right to practice religion?
Look, we live in a very complex and complicated world, far different from my childhood “duck and cover” world. Indeed, there is evil in the world
– there will always be those who pursue harm and dominance over others. But I seriously doubt it is the USA. We are not on a religious Jihad to
obliterate those who do not think or believe as we do. In Iraq and Afghanistan, two questionable undertakings, our goal is for them to obtain a
representative form of government, not the theocracy of Iran. Our goal is not to annex them as our 52 and 53 states. Do the goals justify the means?
That is what open debate and free speech is about. We each have our opinions on this, and those opinions should both be heard and respected.
From all my travels, including China and the Middle East, far more people I have met admire the USA than revile it. I too, was very altruistic and
with hope for a united, peaceful world consciousness. The more I came to know of the world outside my front door, the more I realized how unobtainable
and asymptotic that dream was. But I never stopped dreaming…and never stopped loving and defending my country.
In relation to the world, I have no apologies for my country. I think that says it all.