Originally posted by Alxandro
reply to post by TheWalkingFox
So does that mean you too will be cheering and dancing in the streets once we get attacked, again?
will be singing and dancing in the streets!
Sorry, I just felt that this idiotic statement required an equally idiotic response.
I'm telling you that I don't give a good goddamn if they dance or if they sit on their ass and watch soccer. They can think whatever the hell they
want, that's their business. I'm not into prosecuting thought crimes. I'm also telling you that Americans have no room to gripe if someone dances at
our expense, because our culture could almost be said to hinge on the notion of taking pleasure in the death and suffering of "them" - take your pick
on who "they" are.
We spent twelve years causing the deaths of millions of Iraqis - it was no secret, no mystery. Between the sanctions and the constant bombing we
conducted during that period, we caused a lot of dead people - this is without figuring in the indirect deaths from our willful targeting of
electrical and water plants. For over a decade, our media and our politicians regaled us with how mighty we were because of this, how badly the Iraqis
deserved it, that it was a "good thing," and for the most part, three hundred million Americans smiled and nodded their heads in agreement with this
narrative - the Iraqis deserved to die, they deserved to watch their kids die of cancers from our DU ammunition, they deserved to live in sewage, we
were taking pleasure in their state. Prior to that we spent an entire decade funding, arming, and fueling Saddam Hussein, even with full knowledge of
how many Iraqis he was killing. This was also a good thing, a noble cause, moral and upstanding, something we should take joy in. In 2003, we decided
to heat it back up. We've killed over a million more Iraqis since 2003, and sent over two million into exile as refugees.
We have a similar record in Afghanistan. We're well-known as purveyors of death in the Palestinian territories, where we have contributed to the
deaths of around eighty thousand people, most of them civilians. we have comparable records in Lebanon. In Egypt, we have spent thirty years
supporting, arming, and funding a tyrant who's secret police have tortured and "disappeared" thousands of people; a government that we have, until the
very last few days, remained behind 100%. We conducted indiscriminate bombings in Libya and have murdered hundreds of Pakistanis and Yemenis through
drone attacks. We regularly threaten Iran with imminent destruction; this after we overthrew their democracy, installed a tyrant who proceeded to
"liquidate" well over a hundred thousand Iranians with our backing, and whom were sucking down US-supplied poison gas when our ally Saddam Hussein
invaded them with our full endorsement. we didn't behave any better in Indonesia when we were backing Suharto.
We've easily caused the death of three million of "them" in the last few years. I wouldn't be surprised by a figure in the eight million range for the
last thirty years. And the entire time, Americans have been cheering and applauding and asking for more, more, more. We hadn't even finished our
saturation bombing of Baghdad in 2003 when Charles Krauthammer and other "pundits" were begging for assaults on Damascus and Tehran. The lead man for
one of our major political parties got up on stage and sang "Bomb Iran" to peals of laughter and applause, and didn't suffer at all in the polls
because of it.
So when you see "them" dancing in the streets after a few dozen of "us" die, now you'll have an inkling of where they're coming from. Feel free to
disagree with their jubilation - it is
crass - but remember that to do so, you have to stop feeling joy at their deaths.
12/2/2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)