Time and time again we hear Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden, or Lindsay Graham say things like "We will not take the military option off the table when it comes to dealing with Iran". Just what are they saying here? What is the bottom line? Has our view of this planet changed so fundamentally that we will possibly attack a nation for what it's doing on their own soil? Regardless of how much we despise Iran if they go ahead with their development of an atomic weapon, the point is that it really is none of our business. Who are we to interfere in their business. Who are we to threaten another country that has not threatened us. Since when is military force a tool of American diplomacy?
Look at the nations that already possess atomic weapons. There is Russia, a few of the former Soviet Bloc countries if not all of them. China, Great Britain, France, Pakistan, India, Israel, North Korea and maybe others such as South Africa, Germany and more that have the technology and could have an atomic weapon in short order if they don't already have some. So why the banging on the war drums for Iran? Isn't war a tool of last resort? Don't we declare war on a country only if they attack us, or has pre-emptive war become national policy?
Iran had a democracy until they voted in a pro-left government and the US installed the Shah in a coup. We helped overthrow the only working representative democracy in the Middle East to make sure that the communists would not gain a foothold and installed a treacherous dictatorship that the Iranian people finally got rid of and we wonder why they really don't like us all that much. Where is the logic in Washington? Just who the hell does America think it is? Every time that we as a nation find ourselves in trouble on foreign policy is when wee arbitrarily decide who is right and who is wrong on this planet. We try to be the global police department and only realize when it is too late that we cannot enforce our values and our moral code on other nations. We can't even manage our own problems, let alone the problems of an entire planet.
Besides being unrealistic to even try to be the arbiter of the world's problems, aside from the practical implementation of American will, it's also immoral to decide unilaterally what is right for other sovereign nations. The fastest way another nation could get into hostilities with the United States is for them to tell us what we should or should not do on our sovereign soil. Yet, in the arguments that I hear coming from Washington and even on progressive web sites, I rarely hear the moral issue of what is right and what is wrong. It's almost as if we have bought the hype that we are the enforcers of law and order in this world.
Look at the countries we have bullied our way into. Panama; there is no such country as Panama. At least until we decided to take over the building of the Panama Canal from the French. Columbia used to hold that territory until we arranged a "War of Independence" for Panama and made it a vassal of America. Look at nearly all of the Central American countries. The ones they call the "Banana Republics" after the wars we fought for The United Fruit Company. We propped up Battista in Cuba, and the Mafia owned Havana and it's casinos, while America's rich played on Cuban Beaches and slept with the thousands of Cuban prostitutes while Battista shoved those American Dollars into his pockets as fast as he could. Meanwhile, his people were dying of disease and malnutrition for lack of a viable economy. When Castro came along, the American left loved him. That was until he nationalized the tourist industry and the United Fruit Farms and either Mafia and American interests that were bleeding the country dry, Then the US became Castro's worst enemy. We threatened him with invasion, so he turned to the USSR. We almost had World War III happen over that little blunder. Meanwhile, the neocons back then were still hounding us to attack Cuba. They have it better in Cuba than they have ever had it. The only thing that stops them from being the showpiece of Latin America is the wretched American embargo that still exists. Cuba actually has one of the best healthcare systems in the Western Hemisphere. Cuba actually trained American Doctors. It might hurt our pride, but they have a better standard of medical care than we do.
So where is the moral outrage over getting involved in places we just don't belong? Maybe if we had minded our own business, the Arabs and the other Muslims wouldn't hate us as badly as they do. In fact, it's a miracle that we aren't shunned by more nations than we are. If not for our wealth and economic opportunities for other nations to deal with us, we might well be the pariah of the world. I see this nation, instead of celebrating the collapse of the militant USSR and trying to get the world moving in a better direction, I see us emulating The Soviet Union. The Cold War is over. The leaders of our country just can't "get it". We seem to always be looking for an enemy, an "Evil Empire" that we can challenge. Why don't we, instead of causing death and destruction like Cambodia and Laos, follow a path where we can do some good for people. If we want to stop hunger and famine, there are countries in Africa that could use our help. China right now has a visible and growing presence in Africa. They are trying to bring stability and progress to the continent. In the process they are making friends and customers for their goods. This is while we are throwing billions down a sewer in a land that has hardly ever known anything but war and savagery. Whether a foreign power is in Iraq or not, it has throughout history, been a place where war and famine have always been a way of life. The few times that they have managed to have a long periods of peace, they have been a rich and wonderful civilization, until civil war or invasions from foreign powers came and put Iraq down again. We aren't doing the people of Iraq any favors by being there. It's time to bring our Armies home.
It's also time for Americans to reinvent this Nation of ours. The last 25 years have not been, shall we say a learning stage? It seems that in the last twenty-five or thirty years we have lost our direction as a people. We need to focus on our own sense of morality. We need to stop being a country that has a mind set of "What's in it for me?" into a nation that thinks, "How can we solve these problems?" When I hear George W. Bush say with a completely straight face, that people who are fighting against us in Iraq "Hate us for our freedom", I can't believe my own ears. That is absolutely preposterous. Who would hate somebody for their freedom? Let me say this to poor old dumb George, if you really think they "hate us for our freedom", they probably hate us a lot less since you became our President. We've lost so much of our freedom that they'll probably start falling in love with us pretty soon. George, the way this world works is Karmic. What goes around, comes around. What we do to make this world a better place will come back to us tenfold. We need to be the America that we can become. What people said America once was, if in fact it ever really was, we can become again. We can become that light in an otherwise dark and dismal world. We need to do this, not only because it's morally right, but because it's the only way out of this mess we find ourselves in. We need to do the best we can to just do the right thing. Just because it's the right thing to do.