Senator John McCain and other Republicans believe the United States should intervene in the Syrian rebellion. I may be missing something, but I don’t understand why we continue to believe that America has to be involved in everything that happens beyond our borders. And I fail to comprehend why we would think about aiding the rebels in Syria who are anti-American.
The people at war with the Assad regime are Islamic extremists. What should be paramount is that the international community has a cordial, possibly friendly relationship with the United States. They don’t have to be allies or close friends, but we don’t need any more enemies, and by continuing to interfere in the Arab world, we encourage hatred of America, and therefore terrorism, both internal, and from foreign nationals.
United States imperialism rose to a frightening level in 2003. George W. Bush was obsessed with forcing the countries of the Mideast to become democratic. His invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were fraught with his desire to change the minds of people whose beliefs were formed thousands of years ago, and mold them to his liking in a couple of years.
America has its share of huge problems. Just once more, before I leave this earth, I would like to see our government be primarily concerned with its own people.
We have lost our “greatness”. When I hear politicians, (who admittedly rarely have substantive things to say), posture to an audience, saying the “the United States is the greatest country in the world”, I wonder whose statistics they are using.
When the Bush administration made the decision to invade Iraq, the American people were told that Saddam Hussein was the most evil man alive, and we would be rescuing their people, giving them a better quality of life. Every word of that was a lie.
It is true that the majority of Iraqis disliked or hated Hussein. But ask those same people if their lives were better before or after the United States invasion, which destroyed much of their country, and took tens of thousands of lives. The answer may surprise some of you. And, now that most of our military forces are out of the country, it appears they are nearing a civil war.
The United States is approaching the end of its occupation of Afghanistan. Will the people of that country find their lives enhanced by a decade of American control?
We know one fact, the Taliban will continue to be in control. And we know another reality. We will leave them with a corrupt governing body, established by us.
American imperialism is the economic, military, and cultural influence of the United States on other countries. American Imperialism began in 1846, under the auspices of President James K. Polk. He led the United States into the Mexican-American War. The defeat of Mexico allowed the annexation of California and other western territories.
More destructive than imperialism is the egotistical theory of American “exceptionalism”. This is the self-aggrandizing theory that the United States occupies a special niche among the nations of the world, in terms of its national credo, historical evolution, and political and religious institutions and origins.
Let’s break this down to simple a realistic terms. What is our national credo? I believe that it is in the basic words that described the new nation: “All men are created equal, and they are entitled to certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Nice words, but not many people in America believe in them. Our government has used the atrocities of 9/11 to rule by fear, and thereby remove many freedoms promised by our founding fathers. The so called “Patriot Act” is a travesty, and a violation of our country’s “mission statement”.
And, according to many of our elected officials, “all men are not created equal”. From civil rights issues, the right of women to make decisions regarding their own bodies, the freedom for the LGBT community to live as they choose, and enjoy the same rights as the rest of the country, the opportunity for 11 million people who have been living in this country for years to find a way to citizenship, or the protection of the majority of our people to feel safe performing everyday tasks without the fear of being slaughtered by a deranged person with a military-style weapon, many of our government officials want to deny equality.
None of this keeps our “leaders” from attempting to impose their will on other countries. The belief that our country’s form of government is the only “right” form, is both egotistical and ignorant.
As far as the other beliefs of exceptionalism, our political system is an abject failure. We are not represented by our elected officials. They represent themselves and lobbies.
The saddest and most erroneous theory is that we believe in freedom of religion. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The majority of the federal, state, and local governments, along with the vast majority of the American people, still believe we are a country that was deigned to be Christian. I hate the word, but that is just plain stupidity.
Our founding fathers left England because of religious oppression. When the Constitution was written, one of the most important sections was the guarantee that there would be no national religion.
So, with all that, why is our government so intent on forcing our failed form of government on other countries? Why, and how, can they attempt to tell the people of other countries that we are the greatest in the world?
Happiness is a personal thing. It is based on personal beliefs, and personal values. Because our elected officials are members of the wealthy class in America, they believe a form of democracy, resulting in the institution of their God, capitalism, is the only existence possible. They cannot understand why the accumulation of wealth is not the main purpose of much of the world’s population.
Their only justification can be their imperialistic attitudes. Political and economic control of other nations must be their purpose. Rhetoric directed towards “individual freedom”, or equality, is simply ‘hot air’. They don’t actually care. Their purpose is self-serving.
We must not force ourselves on another sovereign nation, under any circumstances. We must join with the rest of the world to protect the rights of all people. Decisions to restrict nuclear weapons, or interfere in conflict between nations, must be made with international involvement, and not unilaterally.
The division of the people of the United States has never been as profound as today. Its equal can only be found during the Civil War. And that division has extended to our relations with other nations.
And inept and uncaring government is leading us into isolation and possible destruction. Our only weapon is a ballot box. Think before you vote. It is past time for the people of our country to unite against a common enemy, our government.
The Guardian Express