[ExI] The Death Toll Imbalance in the Mideast War
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 20:33:35 UTC 2009
2009/6/11 John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com>:
> An extremely disturbing scenario would be where a Bush/Nixon type
> administration results in the president using executive orders to make
> himself a de facto dictator ("until the emergency is over"). And then if
> the military supports him he gets to stay in office indefinitely as he runs
> over American civil rights and carries out a supercharged neocon-style
Since ad rem arguments are always difficult and/or rhetorical, let me
put it this simpler way: how many US citizens would be prepared to
hear from a foreign power "hey, you voted for the wrong candidate
and/or are too lazy or confused to take the necessary revolutionary
measures; as a result some American feel oppressed, and you legal
system is a mess anyway and need to be fixed by us and the traitors
amongst you, so that you can be 'free' at last"?
Especially is this were a propaganda argument curiously convenient to
its own economic, national and political interest?
Nobody says that the US are the only country, or government, or
political regime, not entitled to pursue their own views or interests.
What is disturbing is that they are not inclined to return the
courtesy to the rest of the world, e.g., by recognising that an
insurgent against an American occupation army may well be an active,
harsh enemy, but is not especially different from an American patriot
during the independence war or the Mexican invasion, and is not a
common criminal or a madman.
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