I replied to somebody's discussion elsewhere on this site. I think it worthwhile to publish this as a blog. Reactions please...
I'm sorry to be a downer on such a well-intentioned discussion, BUT
a) Where do you get this idea that the first shot fired in the American War of Independence was "the beginning of a new age in human history"
This is the kind of USA-centred view of History, as if the USA were the inventors of all that is good and decent, that is taught in American schools. And I speak as one who has studied American AND World History... in schools both in and outside the USA. It includes such ideas as
i) It was the Americans who won the First and Second World Wars FOR the rest of the World.
ii) That they did so motivated only by the loftiest of morals. Pure Good defeats Absolute Evil!!! (Are you aware that - until the Germans sank the Lusitania [a ship carrying - among others - US citizens] - the US Gov't had considered
joining in the First World War as an ally of Germany... AGAINST Britain, France, et al? Or that the USA only entered the Second World War [against the "Pure Evil" of Nazi Germany] when attacked by the Japanese... AFTER years
of making FAT profits by trading with BOTH sides?)
iii) It was Lincoln who came up with the idea to free the slaves. Actually, the USA were several years behind Gt. Britain in abolishing the slave trade, and Lincoln was talked into doing so by his political advisers - against his early opposition to the idea.
iv) That the USA are some kind of Beacon of Light
and Champion of the Oppressed
, the True Defenders of Democracy
all over the World, the Inspiration
to those who yearn for freedom under oppressive regimes. In fact, the USA "cherry-picks" which oppressed people it will "aid" and which it will leave to suffer. In fact, the USA have even been instrumental in the violent overthrow of democratically elected governments (ONE EXAMPLE: Chile in 1973) and the economoc and political destabilisation of MANY others (e.g. Nicaragua in the '80s) with which they didn't happen to agree. ("We don't like the government that you elected, so you're not REALLY a democracy!")
It is a fact that every time
the USA wishes to intervene militarily in another country, it builds up popular outrage at home against the regime of that country. (I mean, can you imagine what kind of success the Gov't would have if it tried to start a war against Sweden
- for example - unless it first got US citizens to hate the Swedes? Or at least to hate the Swedish "dictators" and to wish to free the poor, oppressed Swedish PEOPLE from those evil dictators?)
Let me give you 2 fairly recent examples: The US Gov't was negotiating with the Taliban (YES, those Taliban!) to build a gas-pipe across Afghanistan. When the Taliban decided they didn't want to go ahead with that deal, THAT
's when those stories started up about the Taliban destroying religious monuments (works of art) and suppressing women. Do you really think that the US Gov't CARED about those statues of Buddha OR Women's Rights???
When the US Gov't wanted to step into the Middle East in a big way, they tricked Iraq into believing that they would NOT intervene in its private dispute with Kuwait. (Iraq was irate at Kuwait - a former province of Iraq, until Gt. Britain ripped it off them - for "welching" on their promise to help finance the Iraq-Iran War to the tune of millions of dollars). And then, when Iraq attacked Kuwait, to force them to pay their debt, a tearful young woman appeared on American television, PRETENDING to be a Kuwaiti nurse, who had witnessed Iraqi soldiers grabbing premature Kuwaiti babies out of their incubators and throwing them onto the hospital floor. What MONSTERS
these Iraqis were!!!... Only it later turned out that that was no nurse... that was the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the UN, tutored to tell that emotive LIE to stir up World repulsion at the HEARTLESS
And that brings us to the subject of Neda
Why is it that the murder of !,500 men, women, and children in Gaza in 3 short weeks at the end of last year, beginning of this one, called down neither official, nor mediatic, nor extensive public OUTRAGE at that huge crime, and yet the shooting of one lone Iranian stirs the Media and the public into cries of "democracy for the Iranians"?
Might it be that the US Gov't - and World Gov'ts in general
- have NO intention of invading Israel (or even
upsetting its feelings), but would REALLY like to invade Iran???
Is it any coincidence that Neda happened to be a VERY
attractive - by Western standards
- young woman (whose age has been variously given as 16, 18, and 26)? Would we have been as
upset if she'd been a dowdy 47-year-old?
THINK about it! [And have a look at this: NEDA - “ Iranian freedom-martyr” ( says CNN...you better believe it )
PLEASE! Let's be VERY
careful about allowing the Peace Movement to be highjacked by cynical political strategists... to set up their next invasion of a country that doesn't kow-tow to the Almighty USA!