I always enjoy reading the never ending "this is why America is hated, and this is why America is great" diatribes.
Depending on which side of the discussion you fall on, you can spin any historical event to fir your point of view. With that said, and I am
decidedly pro-American, history has some tough nuts to doge.
1. Let us not forget the Splendid Little War, the Spanish American War, manufactured by hawks in the goverment and the Hearst organization. We
wanted to be an imperial power like everyone else! Why should everyone else get to carve up the world, and not us?
2. Hate to back track, but one must. Let us not forget the Mexican American War. A war manufactured by the manifest Destiny crowd under Jame K.
Polk. War was sold to the COngress and the American people under the banner, "American blood spilled on American soil" In factt, our casualties
were taken on Mexican soil. Anyone seeing a historical precedent here? I do, and I see them all over the place. We actually wanted to annex Mexico.
The press got wind of the lie, and Polk ordered the war department to accelerate the conquest of Mexico to ensure it was complete before Congress
moved to nullify the act of war.
3. Hawaii? How about all of Central America, with fun loving Teddy R. How about Japan when the Great White Fleet ordered Japan to open its ports.
Think we sowed any seeds of WWII there?
4. China and the Boxer Rebellion.
5. The Baltic States and US intervention on the side of White Russians in the Russian Civil War.
I could really go on and on here, but I think enough has been established to show an imperial pattern. Our motives are not always pure and
I think I can demonstrate this in Iraq. Rawanda suffered over a million civillian deaths. By the way, the same thing is shaping up in the Sudan.
This incidentally is a religious cleansing by the Muslim clans against the Christian clans. But that can't make the news because it is politically
Where did we intervene? Kosovo, to defend the Muslim minority there. Now, we invade Iraq, for WMD'S
, and of course, because Sadam is a
psychopath, and we want to make sure no more mass graves are filled. Oh, and we want to bring democracy to the middle east. Really?
Then where were our soliders when the slaughter ocurred in Rawanda? Where are they now? They are where a strategic and economic vital interest of
the United States is. They are where the oil is. Plain and simple. Why not Rawanda? No oil. Not vital to the Corporate Machines that power the
rich. Why not Sudan? I guess there isn't enough oil there, or it isn't oil we want.
As far as the world not liking us? I have never had any problem overseas. I find that if you genuinely respect the culture and cutoms of the nation
you visit, then you generally have nothing to worry about. Avoid being the ugly American. I am sure that we all know a few.
But I also feel that the opinion from around the world is generally directed at our government policies, and not the average Joe earning a buck. I
could be wrong, but that is my supposition.
Sorry for ranitng.