How soon the world forgets the events of September 11, 2001. I find that fact pathetic.
And before you slander me, I'm not a 'right-wing whacko'. I am an independent that finds the "Blame America First" crowd (read: cowards) to be very blase.
I would have thought that blase would be the absolute opposite to the anti-war (which is frankly synonymouse with 'blame America' given the absolute disaster of the last 7 years of unilateralism) view; you don't see people marching for
war, after all.
Likewise, I don't think 'blame America' is fair to label as cowardice. Excepting the obvious recent tendency to label any criticism as 'anti-American' (a blatant echo of McCarthyist paranoia), it's pretty obvious that the predominant military and economic power in the world (at least for the moment) has a predominant role in shaping opinions, and thus the resulting consequences, of itself. Any and every country furthers its own agenda ahead of all others, of course - it's just that one as big as the US can affect and, well, kill across the whole world rather than 'just' it's borders.
In any case methinks history shows that the army is a very ineffective tool for policing, and there's very little evidence that their modern usage has done anything but destabilise the entire world - paranoid Iran and N.Korea even more eager for nuclear weapons, Pakistan facing internal struggle, Russia and China capitalising by supply arms to places like Syria, and soforth. And blowing up shit only ever helps the fanatics; it means the nutters who want to strap suicide vests now have an entirely sympathetic population to hide in, rather than being ostracised as the lunatics they are.
At least we aren't trying to instigate coups in South America... as far as I know.
Venezuela in 2002, allegedly; although it didn't stick. Albeit it's just as possible Chavez made the allegations of US involvement up (evidence is inconclusive at best either way) to strengthen his position, what if past history and all.This comment was edited on Nov 24, 2008, 03:46.