Focus: Brute Force and Military Superiority are all that Matter in US Calculations (2-3)
Modified from “Once upon a time”: The existence of a threat to the United States is irrelevant and unnecessary to her actions. In effect, they will have declared war on the entire world, at least by implication. No one will be able to view themselves as safe: those Americans consider allies today might be viewed as enemies tomorrow. All concepts of "right" and "morality" would be jettisoned forever. People will have entered a world where brute force and military superiority are all that matter. Since no other nation can view itself as safe from American wrath, they can expect the rest of the world to make plans accordingly. When the unprovoked, aggressive and non-defensive use of nuclear weapons is added to this picture, people will have entered a world of potential global holocaust.
Notwithstanding, in terms of its founding principles, the United States represented a unique and glorious chapter in human history, most particularly because of the fundamentality of individual rights in the conception of that country -- and the idea that the sole legitimate purpose of government is the protection of those rights. But those founding principles began to be consistently and repeatedly eroded toward the end of the nineteenth century, and the twentieth century saw their compromise to an extent that, many observers seriously suspect, will prove to be irreversible. Americans are now in the grip of a massive and constantly growing corporate statism, a statism that is neo-fascist in both character and tone. The melding of purportedly "private" industry with the brute force of government (and especially with the military sector of government) is all but complete, and it finds ex
The attacks of 9/11 tore aside a significant part of the veneer of civilization that had shrouded them from certain continuing, ugly truths about themselves. In the wake of the attacks of that day, many of them -- led by their president, cheered on by the neoconservatives, and also by many conservatives and liberventionists (those alleged "libertarians," who think government should stay out of American lives at home but should simultaneously seek to rearrange the globe by military force -- and who appear to think it represents the apex of intellectual integrity never to even acknowledge this contradiction, let alone try to justify it) -- enthusiastically embraced a simple storyline: Western civilization, more particularly the United States, constitutes the highest point of possible human development. It is only "freedom" and "democracy" as practiced in the West that can guarantee a future of peace. (Never mind the West's uninterrupted history of warfare within its own ranks, and never mind the West's unending, centuries-long interference with the rest of the world.)
The West has the answer to successful human life. Since it does, and because certain elements in the rest of the world have now chosen to attack Americans on their own ground (and never mind that Americans have invaded and ruled over vast portions of the rest of the world since time immemorial), they must enlighten those benighted portions of the globe in their defence. Their chosen method of enlightenment is brute military force, to be deployed even against countries that did not threaten them.
By Alfatih Ziada, 02/01/2012