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.

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