American Morality

Two articles in the Rutland Herald this past week by Nick Kristof and Barrie Dunsmore speak of American morality. Anybody who has really studied history knows that there is no country that can claim such a thing. Countries do not have morals or morality. They have selective self-interest and only when they see those interests negatively affected in some way, do they act.

They do not act to save lives, they act to save their interests. Monique Mujawamariya, a human rights activist from Rwanda, perhaps said it best: “The United States has no friends, only interests, and they have no interest in Rwanda. As a result, 800,000 Rwandan’s were killed in only 100 days. The United States and many other western countries had ample warning that this massacre of children, women and men was about to take place but choose to stand by and do nothing.

I would ask Mr. Kristof and Mr. Dunsmore, where was that American morality you so loosely speak of? In his article, Mr. Kristof spoke of the Kurds and how we protected them with no-fly zones; he conveniently left out that we sold them out when they were gassed by Saddam. He also left out that when Saddam was gassing the Iranians, our government let it leak out that it might have been the Iranians doing the gassing. As with many in the media, you preach morality when it’s convenient.

Where was our morality when citizens of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia started to protest early in the Arab Spring? A quick crackdown by both of those authoritarian governments and Washington said nothing. Selective self-interest; a huge navy base in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s massive oil reserves.

I wonder if the Saudi’s or the Bahrain government had used gas, would we be screaming as loud? If we look at America’s past actions with friendly dictators, the answer would have to be no.

So, don’t lecture the American people on American morality, gentlemen, because it’s lacking and like other countries, only comes out when it’s needed to serve its own self-interest.

The Never Ending Meat Grinder

A group of President Trump’s supporters said they were glad that he pushed the Prime Minister of Montenegro out of the way while walking with NATO leaders. This they said showed that the United States was done being pushed around.

These supporters did not view it as just more boorish American behavior! The Ugly American is alive and well and is once again on full display not only in South East Asia, but in the Middle East and Europe as well. Washington wants the American people to see the whole world as a threat. Every nation and its people want to bring down the United States and kill the American people.

None of this is true. The current administration along with past administrations often sight China as a preeminent threat to the United States. China has not been at war for the past 17 years. In fact the last conflict China was in was in the 1970’s and it was a brief border skirmish with Vietnam; prior to that it was the Korean War that ended in 1953.

The U.S. has been in a constant state of war since WWII. Those wars have not been good to the American people unless you are an Arms Company! If you are then these wars have been a gold mine to you.  It should be noted that even though the U.S. has been in this constant state of war, it has not won any of them.

Each war has simply led to another enemy, another war, another wave of propaganda designed to justify the war while scaring the citizens of this country. American troops are in many other countries, the armies of those countries are not in the United States; and that is one of the reasons the people of those countries fight the United States.

A thread of that propaganda tells Americans we are fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. This is not true either but many people want to believe it because if it’s not true then it would mean Washington has been lying to them.

The current war, “The War on Terror” is a dream come true for the Military Industrial Complex; it’s a war with no conceivable end! There is no government that can surrender to the U.S. no country that can be taken; another meat-grinder for each new generation!