Was this the high-point of the American Empire?
Or was it this?
Or perhaps this, a child whose clothes were burned off with napalm?
Friends, as you would know, the Americans claim that they are the greatest nation in the history of the world (but there is no argument that they’re the most hated nation on Earth).
Various Presidents and Political Luminaries have made this claim. Perhaps they are working on the principle that if you say something over and over, some people will believe it. I don’t!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think this claim cannot be backed up by any real evidence. If America had claimed it had killed more people than any other nation in history I would certainly agree with that.
Yes, the white Christians who came over the sea to the New World, did not bring the Love of Jesus with them to share with the Indians. Instead, the set about killing most of the Indians and stealing all of their lands. In a few cases they gave the Indians trinkets to consummate the deal as well as smallpox-laced blankets.
The Christians also signed various treaties with the indigenous people but they meant little and the handful of Indians that survived the visitation of the Pale Faces ended up on reservations where they still languish today.
Next, the invaders, perhaps feeling guilty, replaced the Red Indians with Black Slaves and used them to man and women the cotton plantations. They whipped and hung black slaves who didn’t toe the white mans’ line while the owners of the female slaves filled their fecund wombs with brindle babies.
While the slave industry flourished, the Pale Faces had some warring experiences with the British and the French. Then, suddenly, out of the blue, some Pale Faces felt that slavery was a bit old hat, not a good look!
The result was the Civil War between the North and the South. Again the blood flowed over the Prairies in tidal quantities and mixed with the blood of the Native Indians and the slaves.
Eventually the North won and, resultantly, a divide was created which, according to some people, still exists today. But the Civil War didn’t extinguish the lust for killing so the Americans began to expand their military capabilities and they began to rove around the world lending a ‘helping’ hand wherever they found conflict.
They either invaded other nations or supported Despots who saw things the American Way. The idea of pretending to be democracy-carrying saviours while carrying a Big Stick to deal with anyone who opposed them was their raison de etre.
Anyone who Googles ‘ American Wars and Interventions’ will see the major wars which the U.S. engaged in over a couple of centuries. It seemed to culminate in WW2 where, though it was a close call, the fascist nations of Japan and Germany were finally defeated even though the U.S. joined the conflict almost two years late. America may have come late, but it still dropped an atomic bomb on Japan which had already been thoroughly defeated and humiliated.
So, while the world was exhausted and largely bankrupted by the World War, what did America do? Ever the opportunist nation, it began to build a massive army. It feared Russia even though Russia lost millions of its people fighting and defeating the Germans. So fighting the socialist Reds and spreading predatory capitalism became the next American objective.
You may get the idea that America did nothing else but build its Army to a size that had nothing to do with its defense but had to do with getting its troops, warships and fighter planes spread right around the world. You’d be right!
Not for America, the building of a rich, cultural empire like the Ancient Greeks did, oh, no! America, using the sword, wanted world domination and to hell with time-wasting pleasantries like art, sculpture, drama, politics, music, philosophy, etc.
No, everything America did centered around armaments and developing hideous weapons like napalm, Agent Orange, cluster bombs, landmines, and artistic pursuits like rendition, torture, cages, etc. It had some writers of note, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, er…, hang on a minute, there must be more…
Not in Yankee Land! War and Killing were its main achievement and now it has more than 1,000 military bases around the world and the oceans of the world and the skies are filled with its machines of war and killing. Where it hasn’t got bases it buys the loyalty and the assistance of various despots and potentates.
Even Australia is being taken over by the Yanks. They are turning it into a launching pad for its drones and a spy-network so it can keep tabs on every nation on Earth while it manipulates them and exploits them for its own benefit. Even its troops now march on Australian soil.
So began the Korean War, the Vietnamese War and dozens of others. The end result is that Russia and China and the Brics Nations are assisting each other to offset America’s imperialism and I think there is a fair chance of a nuclear war occurring as the U.S. contemplates the meteoric rise and rise of China and Russia who, together, will threaten America’s plans to control every nation on Earth.
America claims greatness. I would appreciate if someone would advise me where American greatness can be seen (surely they wouldn’t claims greatness can be seen in Hiroshima).
To me, America is nothing more than a barbaric, warmongering nation that, unlike the Ancient Greeks, for over 300 years, has given the world nothing of real value (unless you think that killing and destroying are virtues).