Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Jasper, my friend,

Do the names Sand Creek, Wounded Knee or Bear River mean anything to you?

From the beginning, the 'American Concept' –as you so eloquently put it– has included a policy of expansionism, often willfully excluding the rights of others, if need be. For instance, for those with slave status, 'liberty, equality and justice for all' was but a hollow promise. And the transfer of the nation from Indian to European hands may well represent the most brazen land grab in the history of the world. And it was not without its victims.

Granted the United States was not –and is not– alone in executing this policy. We learned from the best: European colonialists were especially notorious for ignoring the God given rights of darker skinned people, planting a flag in their midst and claiming their lands for England, Belgium, or France or wherever. What's up with that?

Advice to future generations: Beware the Brit who carries the flag. Baste the white visitors first; question the ethics of cannibalism later.

But we're taught the United States is the greatest country in the world –not because we are so efficient at conquest, but because we treat others fairly. So, forgive me if I've become disillusioned upon realizing the truth is actually quite different than the 'official history' would have one believe.

On closer inspection however, the United States essentially was founded by the very businessmen you disparage in your rant against Globalization. These guys highjacked a country because they did not want to pay their taxes. We now possess a rich history of America pushing for war, not so much for the sake of liberty, but because there's a profit to be made for somebody. Cause? Congress never need a cause to drag us into war. All Washington ever asked for was apparent provocation, even if we invented it or created it ourselves.

Do you know the story of how newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst wanted a war with Spain so badly –in order to sell papers, of course– that when the USS Maine suffered what is thought to be an internal combustion explosion in a coal bunker, he famously published a story that Spanish officials in Cuba were responsible.

btw, no one ever asked what the Maine was doing in Havana Harbor in the first place.

Well, lo and behold, that incident strikes me as not so unlike when a US naval ship was bombed in Yemen a few years ago. No one asked the Pentagon then, either, "So, what is an American destroyer doing there, anyway?"

Personally, I think that in both cases each respective administration was attempting to incite an incident, in order to justify going to war, so that our enterprising politicians might continue their lust for expansion.

I can now only imagine what future nonsense this current administration has planned for the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Oh, I don't know, why don't we park a ship there?

Honestly, I could go on and enumerate American atrocities for quite a while. I'll spare you with a short list or stats, some off the top of my head, some pulled from the net:

* Under the Constitution of 1836, all heads of families living in Texas on March 4, 1836, –except Africans, descendants of Africans, and Indians–, were granted 4,605 acres of land.

* Between 1880 and 1951 the Tuskegee Institute recorded 3,437 lynchings of African-Americans.

* 140,000 non-combatant citizens killed in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki.

* Evidence garnered that makes it startling clear that the most egregious post-WW II crimes in Korea was the U.S. government.

* The overthrow of the governments of Iran and Guatemala.

* Vietnam

* Reagan’s covert war throughout Central America, in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, which included selling missiles to Iran in order to illegally fund terrorists in Nicaragua.

* George Bush Sr.'s 1989 invasion of Panama, which left perhaps several thousand dead.

* Two years later, in the Gulf, US planes dropped so many bombs on Iraqi schools, hospitals and power plants that they ran out of targets.

* The bombing continues through the Clinton administration in Afghanistan, Sudan, Yugoslavia, and Iraq again.

* Did you know that US sanctions against Iraq are estimated to have killed more than 500,000 children?

Now we are back in Iraq. Go ahead call it the cost of doing business. Say the murder of millions of innocent people along the way is just Collateral damage, and no worries, it was all for the greater good. You know what? YOU make ME want to PUKE.

btw, care to tell the 150,000 dead Iraqi's that have died since the U.S. invasion in 2003 that America is a peaceful nation?

Mind you, while 150,000 Iraqis is the estimate derived from a most comprehensive survey, it is still only an educated guess. There are other estimates put the tally as high as 600,000.

Add to that number another 125,000 to 300,000 people who were killed by indiscriminate American bombing during the First Gulf War, and the 500,000 children who died as a result of US sanctions.

That puts the number of US kills in Iraq at one and half million.

Want to know how many civilians died under Saddam Hussein’s 20-year reign of terror? The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq.

Unfortunately, for Iraqis, American atrocities are old news, and virtually every Muslim believes that the war is not just IN Iraq, but AGAINST Iraq; and that it was conceived as a way to extort oil from Muslims by threatening them with genocide. As the invasion of Iraq was sold to the world on a lie, does that mean that all of the 150,000-plus civilians who died were effectively murdered by the US military?

Are we, the United States –not to mention PURE and other hate groups– any different from Al-Qaeda in these rephrensible actions or arguments?

Maybe the worst global terrorists are not hiding out in the mountains, after all, but traipsing through the halls of Washington, all elected representatives to government or holding down positions on the boards of neo con think tanks?

Jasper, my friend, for you to call us 'a peaceful people' –I must say, that certainly means forgetting an awful lot of history. I love my country as much as you do, but I'm not going to pretend God promised Texas to the lost Christian tribes of Europe.

Siraj