For reasons that pass understanding, I have no fear of this. Perhaps it's because the loss of my own life is not as big of deal as once it was. Maybe it's because I don't look for gods to save me or angels to watch over me anymore.
Americans, on the other hand, despite the bottomless pit of rhetoric, by and large scurry away when it comes time to put up or shut up. They accept bilge from "history books" governmental officials well known to be liars in the extreme, and from preachers, who like governmental figures, are long established in the "Liar's" Hall of Infamy."
None the less, Americans have no problem applying rules to others they themselves don't follow. That is, for no apparent reason than two centuries of massive propaganda, Americans have no reason for pride in the actions of their Government or their country.
I still hear people raving about "pinkos, commies" and other such sad nonsense. The rational person immediately realizes the inability to communicate with such cabbage heads.
This problem has caused many to simply avoid most subjects of interest concerning world and national affairs. The ole "religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin" approach.
I never cease to marvel at how many verbatim quotes from members of the Bush trash and other politicians I hear almost daily.
I was listening to a good friend explain to me why the use of not one but two nuclear weapons in Japan was necessary despite the fact that the use of incediary bombs on Tokyo killed more people than both nuclear devices combined. I could have picked up some right wing exegesis and like come close to a verbatim quote.
It's as if Americans are frightened of the truth about their country. Perhaps if any part of the "story" is a lie, then all of it might be. Now I'm not suggesting that Ellis Island is really the gates to Hell, but I am suggesting that unless people are minus cerebral hemispheres, they'd know what their "elected" officials are doing.
These officials would be clearly aware of the fact they are being watched and the Constitution would contain a clause allowing the People in a nationwide referendum to remove any member of congress, Supreme Court, or Executive Branch if found to be guilty of clearly specified crimes. None of this "high crimes and misdemeanors nonsense.
But no, presently people like Manuel Noriega, and now the former Leader of the Ukraine, are in jail or facing jail for crimes committed whilst in the employ of the US Government as was the case of Noriega, and now Former Ukrainian Prime Minster Pavlo Lazarenko for alleged crimes committed in his own country.
From what vat of gall does the US draw the authority to try people for alleged crimes not committed in or against the US? Further, who will try the countless Americans for grievous crimes against humanity starting with the genocide committed against the Native people of this land, right up to the senseless murder of Arabs in the Middle East. Or the Millions killed in Vietnam for absolutely no reason at all.
What about Pol Pot? Two or three million people died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge whilst the US didn't lift a finger. What about US CIA Heroin and Cocaine sales in the US to finance Covert operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and then, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, etc., etc., etc., ETC. (et cetera, not exsetra) Nothing is done about these horrific crimes and acts of terrorism. Terrorism by the CIA's own definition!
You know?, I think the reason Americans don't take a hand is because they are cowards in the extreme. Years now of JonBenet Ramsey splashed all over the media, and nothing for the Iraqi with the dead baby in his hands with a blue pacifier around his cold little neck.
My recollection is that the baby was not his, and yet the look on his face was that of a man whose every reason for living suddenly disappeared. One photo of countless. Yeah, that's right, I collect em. Yet, not one from any American media.
I have no power or authority over much of anything, but by god and sonny jesus, if I did, I'd return this country to it's owners and the Americans can swim home.