Wednesday, June 20, 2007
i think that there is a misconception here in america about good versus evil and right and wrong. it is not lost on me that most of us have been brainwashed into thinking that america is always right in what we do- and that it is perfectly alright for the rest of the world to have to suck it up. whether it be forcing the rest of the world to do business in dollars to shore up our sinking economy or pre-emptive war in the middle east, we are supposed to be able to do what we want with impunity- and then whine when the rest of the world complains. we are also taught that jews and christians are good- and everyone else is bad. we are right and they are wrong. they worship false idols and america and israel worship the one true god. yeah. i won't go into religion per se today. so- america and israel can do no wrong and should never ever be criticized because hey- we are democracies. yeah. well. here's a news flash folks- we are capable of doing bad things and we are capable of being wrong. that doesn't give the rest of the world a free pass but i think that it is helpful to remember that both countries are made up of people- and i think few would argue that human beings of any stripe are susceptible to greed, corruption, etc. i think that if we take an objective look at foreign policies over the last decade or so- to keep it simple- that it hasn't been only muslims making poor decisions. it hasn't been just arabs who have terrorized and tortured people. it hasn't been just muslims using civilians as human shields. it hasn't been muslims at the heart of corruption scandals and adultery; rape and graft. no- it has been americans and israelis as well. i am not saying one is better than the other. i am saying that it isn't simply a game of blaming one over another. the current situation in the world was not created in a vacuum and it wasn't any one player to blame. it is important to criticize and object to america's policies and israel's policies as we criticize the islamic countries- because as we have seen recently- we are not above torture. we are not above treating people as less than. we are no better nor any worse than any other extremists out there. period.