Friends, lately my news has been filled with stories about Lance Armstrong, one of the world’s most notorious liars and deceivers.
For years, he filled his body with chemicals and, on high octane, won a number of cycling competitions including seven Tours des France. He encouraged other ‘sportspeople’ to do the same and never once had a twinge of conscience, never cared about the genuine athletes who tried to win fairly.
He stood on the winner’s podium time after time and reveled in the applause and adoration. That he survived cancer further added to his fame. He opened up a Live-Strong organization and was admired for his tenacity, his courage, his riding brilliance, his altruism.
The reason he got onto drugs was because he could never have won these events with his own physical strength or skill, never achieved notoriety, never become a household name. For him, the choice was simple.
But my question is: is Lance Armstrong entirely to blame? Was he unduly influenced by his nation and its leaders? Was he encouraged to think that, as an American, he was exceptional? Was he encouraged to mimic the actions of his Government that say clearly that the ends justify any means? Is he a victim of American hubris?
Since WW2 ended, the USA has been engaged in a frantic attempt to stand upon the winner’s dais as the world’s premier nation. To this end, it has amassed a gigantic army which surpasses most of the rest of the world’s armies combined. It has spent money it doesn’t even have to achieve this dubious end and has not spent money it should have on infrastructure and things like health and welfare for its people.
Not only has the U.S. gorged itself on military steroids, but it has become the world’s prime warmonger. It has attacked other nations and used occupation and shock and awe to demonstrate its power. It has also used hideous substances like Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium and Napalm. Wherever it has gone, it has built military bases and the world is now pocked with U.S. ports, flotillas of warships, and aerodromes full of Yank fighter planes and bombers.
The U.S. has done whatever it takes to achieve its goal of global domination. It has lied, killed, destroyed, bullied, bribed, supported Despots and Dictators, tortured, rendered, put people in cages, used drones and assassination squads, etc.
Doubtless it will dream up even worse horrors before it achieves its goal of World Domination (although the Russians and the Chinese may prove to be a sticking point – but what is a sticking point when you have thousands of nukes?).
While it has been doing all this, Lance Armstrong watched and thought. He obviously got the idea that it was proper to do whatever you had to to achieve your goals. Winners are grinners, he thought to himself. Why, my own country has thrown out the rule book and is crushing any opposition to its blatant imperialism.
So he set about being the best. He too lied and cheated. He bullied and crushed his competition never caring about them, only about himself and his consuming ambition to be top-dog.
Lance Armstrong is just a smaller version of the power-crazed American Government. Armstrong poured chemicals into his body, not caring about what they were doing to him as long as he stood on the winner’s dais. America kills and destroys with bombs and sanctions without caring about the actual or latent damage it is causing to the world and millions of innocent people: men, women, kids.
When you look at Lance Armstrong’s face you see a representation of the face of America, a face devoid of honesty and compassion and caring for others. It is a face that says that everything is fair in love and war, that all that counts is being a winner no matter the cost to one’s self, one’s nation or to the world.
Lance Armstrong is a product of the capitalist world, a racist, elitist world, an amoral world. Perhaps he should be pitied and those who made him what he became punished severely.
I can but wish!