posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 05:36 PM
Originally posted by Babbleman
Originally posted by HeavierThanLight
Every country has to look after their own interests
Especially at the expense of other nations, right?
I didn't even bother to read the rest of your post.
edit on 11-12-2011 by Babbleman because: grammar
Actually, every nation does take its own interest above other nations-- to the extent that other nations will be allowed to suffer if important
Let us not forget that the people of nations suffer under their own governments. Somalia being the prime example, but no body seems to care.
The "grass-roots" protests of Iranian citizens was squashed by their government, as we see in Syria, now, and had seen in Egypt and Libya.
Governments seem to care enough about the suffering people in other nations-- IF their government is also a threat to their interest-- but only if
So, if the people of a nation with oil or an oil pipeline suffer, the oil dependent nations take note-- not out of humanitarian concern, but to
preserve its own interests.
It would be interesting to see a map of the former Soviet bases superimposed on the one in the OP. I imagine many are now gone because Russia can no
longer support them. China, too, must have several along the eastern edge of that map.
However, it is fair to note that Somalian people asked for help and the food went first, and the vast majority of it was from the US. Troops went in
only when the food was not getting to the people. The "Blackhawk Down" incident had selfish Americans screaming that Somalia would be "another
Viet Nam!" and such; so the will to do the right thing when not in America's own interest was fleeting.
While I point an accusing finger at Americans for shallow concern for other nations, I cannot really point the finger to accuse other nations of doing
much of anything when they see others suffering. While Americans do not care enough, other nations just don't care at all.