There are occasions when the sheer arrogance of America leaves one breathless. On Friday, a US District court ruled that Iran was responsible for the Hezbollah attack on an American Marines’ barracks in Beirut in 1983. The attack was horrific and left two hundred and forty-one marines dead. Iran was considered responsible because it allegedly supplied the equipment that Hezbollah used in the attack.
It’s all a little crazy when one considers the amount of arms and military equipment sold around the world by the US government and its dealers. Once again, the argument that whatever America does is legal and above board, but its enemies are guilty of terrorism for carrying out similar practices, seems to be the criteria of the US judicial system.
There is little doubt Iran supplied the materials. Neither is their doubt America supplied the Israeli arsenal that slaughtered hundreds of innocents in the Lebanese/Israeli war of 2006. Perhaps someone might care to argue there is a difference?
It is this hypocrisy that causes other countries throughout the world to regard the United States as a bigot and bully. “Do as we say, not as we do,” is the catchphrase regarding America that resounds around Planet Earth in the early 21st century.
Listen to Western politicians prostrating themselves and kissing the bared ass of Ms Liberty USA 2007, and one might be excused for assuming Europe and Australasia were firmly behind the US leadership. Perhaps their politicians are, but the people most definitely are not. Unfortunately for the politicos, the people are not fools to be ignored as ignorant peasants. Most are fully aware of the hypocrisy springing forth from the forked tongues of Brown, Howard, Sarkozy, and their like. Licking the boots of American presidents has become a European and Australasian pastime of Western politicians that the people of those nations will only tolerate for so long.
America was wrong on Iraq. It has been wrong in its approach to the conveniently named “war on terror”. The US has led the world into a morass of violence and antipathy towards innocent Muslims, innocent Iraqis, innocent Afghans, and even innocent Westerners, that is slowly turning this planet on its head.
George W Bush is a madman. The public know it. Many of the US populace know it. Those outside the US are well aware of it. The way their politicians are ignoring the fact, to the detriment of their peoples’ security and safety, is also well noted.
Listen to Osama bin Laden’s latest tape and it becomes evident the man is no more a terrorist than the American president, though equally as arrogant and mentally disturbed.
It is time the American people realized they are not the only inhabitants of Planet Earth. Neither are they the more important. To debate from a position of strength is fine; to bully from a position of strength, is simply bullying.
To dare to suggest Iran is responsible for paying $2.65 billion to American families of the 1983 Beirut bombing, because it dared to do what America does better than any other nation on earth, namely sell or supply arms to further its political interests, is the epitome of an arrogance many US citizens have not yet even begun to self-evaluate.
BBC report HERE.
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