Most Americans, I believe, still think that America is a victim.
They simply don’t know enough about what the US Government has been doing for the last few decades, and I tend to think that even when the knowledge comes knocking on their doors – they shrug it off with a self-righteous shrug, as though no American could possibly be involved in acts of evil.
Any ‘incidents’ can always be blamed on the ‘occasional bad apple’…like Sgt. England.
It is, apparently, very easy for America not to follow up on things, not to realize that when Rumsfeld, for instance, says he ‘accepts full responsibility‘ – that something should happen based on that admission. Yet, although he claimed to accept full responsibility, Rumsfeld has not been tried, has not resigned, has not been fired, or suffered any punitive result whatsoever. In effect, his admission of responsibility is just so much voodoo. News-fodder.
It’s a horrible situation, and I honestly can’t believe it’s going to get any better anytime soon.
I’ve reached a point where I honestly want Bush to win.
I’m sick of Democrats and Republicans (cue laugh track…) playing Good Cop / Bad Cop to the world – and right now – now that at least most of the world’s civil society (don’t ask me to define that one…) have come to understand – or to begin to understand what America has done and is doing – I do not want that thrust to be lost, as I’m sure it will be if Kerry wins. He’ll smile, pull a Clinton, shake hands – and appease the world – and the world, sick of everything will want to believe that whereas Bush came to Iraq as an invader, Kerry is only there to clean up ‘Bush’s mess’. The world, as it always tends to do, will probably forget, and forgive, and go back to work, thinking the ‘bad guy’ has been punished. As though going back to being an unskilled spoilt brat is somehow ‘fitting’ punishment for the murder of (according to John Hopskins) at least 100,000 innocent Iraqi’s, tens of thousands of Afghani’s, the invasion and occupation of two nations, and lying to the world at large.
This will all be forgiven, forgotten. Arabs will take the bait, and go back into KFC, fall back in love with the Big Mac, and happily pay their hard-earned money watching Die Hard 17 – having conveniently forgotten about, for example, Bruce Willis’ stance on the war. They might even accept the ‘Team America: World Police‘ grotesque puppetry, that portrays Tim Robbins and Sean Penn as witless accomplices to terrorism.
May this world one day be healed.