America IS A Bully

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will call America a “bully” during his speech  today before the UN. Old Cold Warriors will shake their fists, jump up and down, and call him all sorts of names.

The problem is … he’s right.

What gives the United States the right to meddle in other sovereign nation’s affairs?  The days of setting up US puppets for inexpensive oil and cheap bananas are over. Haven’t we learned enough from Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and Syria to know that?

What problems do we have with the Iranian people? Everyone likes to remember the horror of 911 but forget most of the terrorists came from Saudi Arabia, our good buddy in the Mideast. If Israel has problems with Iran building a nuclear weapon, let Israel take care of it. If Japan wants to fight China over some insignificant islands, have at it. Why must the US be involved?

Try to imagine this:  what if we lived in a world with a huge superpower that demanded it could say how we could defend ourselves. What if it said “You’re going to do it OUR way. You can do it the easy way (as we impose economic sanctions trying to starve you into acceptance) or the hard way (by us militarily squashing you like a bug.) Either way, you are going to do it OUR way!”

If this ever happened, I hope every American would do anything he could to hate, terrorize, sabotage, and ultimately defeat this bully.

Why is it any different when America is the bully?


6 Responses to “America IS A Bully”

  1. Bill says:

    We are going through what Great Britain went through in the last century. The world’s most powerful empire no longer had the resources to rule the roost, and neither do we.

    On the other hand, two of the most historically able and aggressive nations on earth have behaved like gentlemen the past 67 years because they were sheltered under our nuclear umbrella. If we withdrew our protection, it would take the Germans and Japanese about two weeks to become nuclear powers. Once armed, Japan would take a more aggressive stance toward China, and Germany might very well demand the return of Prussia.

    There is no question the U.S.A. has to scale back its role in the world, but isolationism carries its own risks, too. Where do we draw the new line?

  2. paolo. says:

    At trade, of course. Any company in America should be free to do business with any country in the world once we straighten out this tariffs, etc. mess.

    Military non-interventionism is the opposite of isolationism. We should break down all the barriers we can concerning trade with any nation and defend no other country except America.

    Believe it or not (and most Americans don’t) the world does not revolve around us.

  3. Bill says:

    An interesting theory. Watching Germany on the march again could be entertaining in a grisly sort of way.

    So let’s say China announces a total land sea and air blockade of Japan. That’s what we did toward the end of WWII, and sfter about six months there was starvation in the countryside. A year would be sufficient to bring Japan to its knees. So the U.S. would do what? Nothing?

    Or do we go to war to enforce free trade?

  4. paolo. says:

    You can make up all sorts of hypothetical future horror stories or you can see the reality of what’s going on right now – in real time. I see the reality and suggest a much more radical change for our future knowing it won’t come to pass in our lifetime.

  5. Bill says:

    Or any other lifetime.

    Given the history of mankind, my “hypothetical” horror story is actually pretty tame. We are a violent species; there’s nothing to be gained by pretending otherwise.

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