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i wish i could take credit for that line, but i heard it last night on the Daily Show and it got me thinking. i had promised myself i`d stay away from US politics, primarily because my opinion doesn`t actually matter and secondarily in the climate of “if you`re not for us, you`re against us” that pervades; with my current immigration situation; i really shouldn`t raise any flags or be seen as the `enemy`. but i can`t, i said very early on, that if staying in the US meant giving up my opinions, i couldn`t do it, i would be pandering to the fear-mongering.

a couple months ago i posted a comment in someone`s journal that one of the ways to make the US safer was a better foreign policy. i`ve gone over this before, but if you`re new let me reiterate. in terms of being a colonial power, the US is but a babe at this and it shows in the poor judgement and inconsistent foreign policy.

one of the key problems of US foreign policy has been assistance to serve its own ends and then power vacuum that it creates when they withdraw their support; especially when it becomes troublesome at home. trust me there is a pattern which we will see repeated in Iraq, the tide is already start turning. Americans seem to have no perspective; historical or otherwise; on the havoc that is wreaked in the name of intervention. the four biggest dictators in the Caribbean were as a result of US intervention and abandonment.

if you want to know why people hate Americans so much, wake up and pay attention. when people ask for help they don`t want conditions, either you`re giving aid or you`re not. if you want to be world`s police, you have to take all the responsibility, good and bad; you can`t want to be global policemen and not recognise the jurisdiction of the international criminal court. and the “if you`re not for us, you`re against us” isn`t going to engender goodwill either.

ignorance and `might is right` does not good foreign policy make. it`s been going on close to 100 years when is someone going to learn.

how quickly we forget

September 13, 2004 — Leave a comment

i sympathise with all the people that lost friends and family on that day but all these `we will not forget` banners and trotting out the flags on Saturday really just pissed me off. i tend not to watch the news on television because it just irks me, so i missed all the lip service being paid to the people that lost their lives three years ago.

at this stage it is just mouthing the words because none of the actions since then have done nothing to honour the lives lost. actions speak louder than words and between Camp X-ray, the Abu Gharib prison abuses and the 1000+ dead soldiers in Iraq to date, i don`t think any of the people who lost their and their family are taking any comfort in the events of the last three years.

an `eye for eye` doesn`t work, it just perpetuates the cycle of violence, this is what terrorism thrives on; you have wronged me, so i will retaliate. we`re not getting anywhere.

if the dead are to remembered and mourned properly then the US needs a massive revision in foreign policy; the policies of the last century haven`t helped and what is going on now isn`t either. there needs to be some consistency, either shoulder the role of global policemen with all the pitfalls that includes or withdraw completely, no more selective intervention.