Friday, June 3, 2011

America preaches unity at home, division abroad

The SPLC has "Hatewatch." I think we need a "Hypocrisy Watch." My latest reason for suggesting that is an article by Danny Schechter in the Pacific Free Press.

I will refer you to his article for the details, but here are some examples of what I mean. While most Americans insist that the United States is "one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" (the "liberty and justice for all" a false statement to anyone who can understand what is going on), American foreign policy has sought to divide in many parts of the world:

  • We fought two wars, at the expense of over 100,000 American lives, to keep Korea and Vietnam divided.
  • American pundits are looking for a way to split the European Community by encouraging Greece's moves to re-establish their own currency.
  • American troops helped split Bosnia into two hostile factions, the "Republika Srpska" and the Muslim-Croatian government.
  • We encouraged Kosova to split off from Serbia.
  • We separated Kurdistan from the rest of Iraq during Saddam Hussein's rule, and there are many who feel that Iraq would be better off if split into three states, for the Kurds, the Sunnis, and the Shiites.
  • We have always supported the partition of Palestine -- and not just into Israel and the Arabs; but into Israel, the West Bank (under Fatah) and Gaza (under Hamas).
  • Africa's boundaries have never made much geographic or ethnographic sense; but while we support them generally, we were more than happy to see Southern Sudan split off from Sudan, and would be ecstatic if Darfur would follow suit; and there are proposals to split Libya into two or three nations.
So, please explain to me again, why is it such a good thing for 300 million Americans to be forced to remain "one nation, indivisible," but for all of these smaller nations to be decimated, and why what other nations do with themselves is any of our business?

1 comment:

Buckeye Copperhead said...

Totally agree with your assessment on this.