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Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Some time away from the net has given me some additional perspective on the “humiliating Arabs rational for the U.S. attacking Iraq” thread.
Nick Denton began the discussion by saying he wants America to attack Iraq not to protect the U.S. from any threat or any other concrete goal but rather so that Arabs will be humiliated and forced to change their ways “if they want a future.”
I responded with some practical problems with this idea on Monday and then yesterday with some ethical and practical issues. To this point, the only response I’m aware of came from Howard Owens who said the U.S. has the right to impose its will on other countries “Because we’re better.”
In reality, it appears the hawks neither care about the practicalities of attacking and invading Iraq nor the possible consequences of doing so. They want America to take over Iraq because they believe America has the right and is right to attack, invade and conquer any country they deem to be inferior, which in this case means any other country in the world.
If one accepts this outlook on the world, the U.S. could justifiably start murdering billions of people in China, Germany, Israel and Uganda this evening because those savages don’t live in country up to the standards of America. And if any of the unappreciative survivors attempted to respond with force –as some no doubt would given how evil those non-Americans tend to be- they would just be continuing to perpetuate their backwardness. They would be wrong to respond since the U.S. was only killing ungrateful subjects.
All Hail King Sam!
Sorry, but I’ve looked at what the U.S. has done and continues to do to other countries and I’ve also looked at what happens when any group of people with weapons, power and determination decide they have the right to rule the world. Combine this attitude –the attitude that Denton has proposed- with the means of the U.S. and the term holocaust becomes anachronistic.