Americans always assume we are the “good guys.” Even when logic and reason make that a ridiculous conclusion, we persist in believing that whatever we do, it’s “the right thing.” We need to revisit that and take a sharp look at history.
The U.S. is a frighteningly warlike nation and always has been. There are surely appropriate times for battle, but there are many other occasions when bombing might not be our best message. Maybe there is a reason why we are not the best beloved country on the planet.
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When America bombs, it’s rational; when other countries do it, we cry terrorism. A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force officer what it felt like to be bombed periodically by the United States in the 1990s. Whenever US President Bill Clinton felt irritated, I joked, he seemed to bomb Iraq. The officer, a distinguished man with a long career serving a military whose political leadership he despised, smiled. He said with great lightness – “When our leadership said something threatening those words itself were taken to be terrorism; when the United States bombs, the world does not even blush.”
To me this is an intuitive statement.
I was thinking about it as I watched the parade in Pyongyang (North Korea) to celebrate the birth of Kim Il-sung. The imagery from North Korean television was grand – the vast Kim Il-sung Square packed with soldiers as the massive arsenal of North Korea was paraded past its leadership. On twitter, amateur arms experts gave a run-down of this undersea missile and that trans-continental one. It was breathtaking to watch the performance and feel the anxiety in the Western media that North Korean would launch an attack on someone, somewhere. North Korea watchers poured over the sights, building fanciful theories based on what was being presented. Belligerence, it seemed, was on display here.
It is always the ‘rogue state’ that is the threat to the world order – Iraq here, North Korea there. And in that ‘rogue state’ it is always the dictator who commands the entire monstrosity.
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