It’s a question that nags at me constantly given that, presently, nothing seems to be standing in the road of eventual American imperialism. America is determined to control the world, even believes that it has a God-given mandate for it.
And how would we, the ‘slaves’ of the ‘exceptional’ U.S., be treated?
Given the track record of the Americans regarding the Native Indians and the Negros captured in Africa, not very well I suspect. And if we add to that Abu Graib and the Gitmo cages and waterboarding and marines urinating on the corpses of their enemies, etc, the scene looks even more gloomy. And if we think about depleted uranium and Agent Orange and HAARP and nuclear bombs, we might even feel suicidal!
Martin Luther King put his finger on the poisoned American psyche long ago. Consider the following excerpt taken from an excellent MLK article by Glen Greenwald on ICH today:
‘King called the US government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”, as well as the leading exponent of “the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long” (is there any surprise this has been whitewashed from his legacy?). He emphasized that his condemnations extended far beyond the conflict in Southeast Asia: “the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit.”
“He insisted that no significant social problem – wealth inequality, gun violence, racial strife – could be resolved while the US remains “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift” – a recipe, he said, for certain “spiritual death”. For that reason, he argued, “it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war.” That’s because:
“If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.”
For King, opposing US violence in the world was not optional but obligatory: “We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy . . . .” The entire speech is indescribably compelling and its applicability to contemporary US behavior obvious.’
I agree with King and Greenwald: America is spiritually poisoned. It has been taken over by infinitely greedy men and women who see war as the way to achieve their selfish ends, to grab absolute power, absolute treasure, and absolute domination over our fragile planet and all its lifeforms.
Do you want to live under the tyranny of the U.S.? I don’t! No way.
I will fight to stop it. Will you?