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Re: US foreign policies
Posted By: Etienne, on host
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2001, at 17:12:55
In Reply To: US foreign policies posted by jon on Thursday, September 20, 2001, at 14:25:46:

> Anyways - in a lot of the more liberal editorials etc, there have been accusations that the US is to blame for the WTC attacks because of its past "foreign policies". But the policies in question are rarely mentioned. Besides the obvious one of supporting Israel (which I fully support), what are these policies that have supposedly brought about this attack? It may be that some exist, but personally I feel these columnists are overemphasizing them to the point of ridicule, as if the US should take the sole blame for the attacks. I was arguing today with a friend about what the US response should be, and she again brought up the foreign policies of the US - I asked her to elaborate, give some concrete examples, and she couldn't.

*Embargo against Irak (3000 childrens a month, UNESCO numbers - And Saddam Hussein isn't about to be affected)

*Embargo against Cuba (Seen by many as beating up someone on the ground. only because the USA lost their Party Island. Well, there was the missile crisis, but that was... Forty years ago? Thirty?)

*Selling weapons to Israel, then going 'Oh, it's sad that peoples get killed' Really, no one can take the 'Efforts to conclude a peace accord' very seriously when, next things we know, Israelian MD F-16 are dropping MK-83 over Palestinian dwellings.

*Calling Islamists fanatics, God Bless America! Or condemning Jihads, yet going out on 'A crusade to erradicate terrorism at all cost'. Try changing the wording and definitions a bit, you might have a surprise here.

*The 'McDonalisation Phenomenon' (If it's not american, or you don't accept everything that's american, we'll embargo you, and have the UN follow us on that!) This might be a lesser evil, but many peoples consider the US to be a bad moral influence - It's kind of simillar to states removing the theory of evolution from school curriculums.

*The arroguant attitude of America. USA's foreign politics are very simillar to the ideas of many playground bullies, sadly. They act like no one else mattered in the world.

> I am willing to be proved wrong, but not with only vague ramblings of foreign policy...

Seeing that I'm gonna get flamed, and called an anti-american, fascist, commie, etc, I guess this post was pointless, then.


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