Friday May 24, 2013
Secrets no LongerKen G. Ramey Salem-News.com
As the truth became obvious, Republican propaganda in favor of “winning” the war changed from a determination to “defeat an enemy” to justifying the Christian intrusion to bring “Freedom”.
(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - WikiLeaks has done it again. And in doing so has made the U.S. look foolish. The cause stems from an attitude of the last administration, which President Obama inherited, that believes its opinions are superior to those of other governments, and even American citizens: it is not!
It is not superior to the teachings of elders who taught “that if you can’t say something nice about another it is best not to say anything at all.”
Some leaders apparently have forgotten what presumably they were taught; simple truths to live by that should not have been neglected. So, why were they? The truth finally has come out.
The reason may not apply to all, but the Republican Party accepts as its premise the belief that Jesus is on its side; and by accepting the premise concludes that others who do not agree with it hold opinions contrary to God’s will.
I submit that this is the very position the United States Government had taken contrary to the good judgment of Europeans who, if they failed to heed the lessons of the wise in the past, learned it the hard way by bitter experience; nor were American citizens, under the rule of Geo, W. Bush’s Administrations, immune from Republican propaganda that was ill advised, and dictatorial.
America’s 9-11 cannot hold a candle to the horror and devastation of Europe’s wars. Nevertheless, 9-11 became the excuse for Politicians and Evangelists in the U.S. to pretend they were doing God’s work when they led America to war as the means to promote religious, rather than politically justifiable goals. Their error damaged America’s reputation which it tries to regain by a display of its military superiority, which misses the point: respect for other’s ideas and their lifestyles combined with a sincere determination for peace is a better recipe for peace and meaningful relationships with all Nations of the world at less cost in lives lost or maimed, as well as money.
The Geo. W. Bush Administration’s Axis of Evil; No Korea, Iran and Iraq, in retrospect seems an excuse the U.S. used to exercise its misguided will that has done little to preserve world peace. Rod Parsley, of Cincinnati fame, is an Evangelist who preached that “it is God’s [Christ’s] will that American Christians destroy Islam,” a convenient theme used by the Republican Holy See, which influenced President Bush, as devotee and spokesman, to favor the preemptive invasion of an Islamic state that was not evil as Americans were led to believe it was; but it was an Islamic State.
As the truth became obvious, Republican propaganda in favor of “winning” the war changed from a determination to “defeat an enemy” to justifying the Christian intrusion to bring “Freedom” to an oppressed people from what for centuries has been their tribal way of life. If Islam could not be defeated, the U.S. might at least take credit for instituting democracy in Iraq based on the American model and under the guidance of the occupier. The concept is a reflection of more than 100 years ago when the Philippine Islands were made a possession of the United States that took them from Spain in 1898. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan closely resemble what became known as “The Forgotten War,” which ended with the United States granting Independence to Filipinos in exchange for a naval base from which to expand its influence in the Eastern Pacific. Might the territory of the Axis of Evil Nations be perceived as eventual locations for U.S. bases to further its expansionist appetite in the Middle East?
Afghanistan was invaded ostensibly to rid the world of Terrorists who, if they were not defeated “over there” might have to be fought on our turf and that of European allies, as happened in Spain and Great Britain on a scale similar, but not equal, to our 9-11 incident. So NATO troops were introduced into Afghanistan, but the U.S. remains by far the largest contingent and controlling military force there while NATO Nations would, and likely will, withdraw their contingents as soon as they deem possible.
Human nature being what it is, a condition understood and known to all governing bodies, I cannot imagine that the WikiLeaks will create serious alarm, but might act as a catalyst for better understanding among Nations. Stranger things have happened, and should it happen it might also strengthen the urge for peace among all Nations, including the U S..
Republicans have regained control of the House of Representatives and are feeling their oats once again. All forty-two Republican Senators have agreed to stop anything Democrats propose in this lame-duck session until the matter of no new taxes for all has been resolved.
The list Democrats would like to pass in this session includes the following:
#s 2 ,3.and 4 need only an up or down vote, and should promptly be approved. #s 5 an 6 are essentials requiring discussion to reach a consensus sufficient for passage, and #7 offers a considered solution to the Mexican border dilemma and probably should be passed, but it remains to be seen if Republicans can first be satisfied with the proposed tax cut for the middle class and an increase for the very rich who got a ten year tax reduction due to expire December 31st, when their taxes should rise again. But now Republicans say they reject the resumption which their Party approved in the first place. If Republicans obstruct a reasonable solution, it will be another example of how far they are willing to go to have their way at the expense of an Economy drowning in debt.
Their object is to make Barack Obama a one-term President. Unless there is a change of heart, their tactic is a perfect example of what I have described, and should verify what I refer to as the Republican Party of God syndrome that admits to nothing but the will of its political Holy See.
But there is one thing President Obama can do because he is the Commander in Chief; he can end the war in Afghanistan, bring home the troops there and those still in Iraq and use the billions of dollars saved to reduce the deficit. How would Republicans respond to that idea, I wonder?
Kenneth G. Ramey is a member of Salem-News.com's original team of writers, he generates provocative articles on the subject of religion and world affairs. We are pleased that Ken's "lone wolf" presence as a writer in the world has been replaced by a spot on our team of writers at Salem-News.com. Raised in Minnesota and California during the dark years of the Great American Depression, Ken is well suited to talk about the powerful forces in the world that give all of us hope and tragedy and everything in between. You can write to Ken at: email@example.com
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