From the American vantage point, it is enough to spread a few rumors, mythology and even falsified allegations of “criminal” activity committed by a single ruler identified as a “dictator” or “tyrant,” and this is adequate to justify, or ignore, a chaotic mass murder campaign unleashed upon whole nations.
The denial has reached depths and degrees of danger on the world scene not even matched by those alive during the buildup and execution of WW2.
It is a fitting representation seen in the US President, the elected American representative to the world, who is now the activist for righteousness on the whole of the earth. What qaulifies this casino and hotel resort developer who openly admitted to sexually assaulting women while they “love it” to judge other foreign leaders in order to uninstall them from their office or kill them, and in the case of Trump in this speech, kill 25 million people, most of whom have zero capacity to threaten America?
Not even Adolf Hitler had uttered these sort of goals. Hitler is attributed with 20 million deaths or more.
As William Boardman writes from this excellent summation of the US since the WW2 era:
“With stunningly unintended precision, about a third of the way into his UN speech, President Trump encapsulated the current brutal reality of the United States in late 2017, where the righteous many do not confront the wicked few and evil oozes its slow and merciless triumph through the body politic. Or perhaps the “righteous many” is another myth and the “wicked few” are the true majority. Wherever one looks, the news is not reassuring, whether it’s climate change, civil rights, police state treatment of minorities, rewarding the rich for their wealth, punishing the poor for their poverty, attacking voter rights, or bloating a military that specializes in killing civilians. Trump’s next sentence drove home the crucifying irony of the American moment: “When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.”
Yes, they do. Yes, we do. We live now in a time ofliteral perpetual war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and many of the other 100-plus sovereign states that have US boots on the ground. Before 9/11, the US was at war only most of the time, more spectacularly, but with no better results since 1945. This is not good; surely most UN members appreciate that, without having the nerve to say so.
Endless war and out of control military spending have done much to destroy what we once believed was best about the US. Eisenhower belatedly warned us, but he was far from the first. Back in 1795, when the United States was three years old, James Madison wrote:
“Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debt and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
That’s pretty much the way it’s turning out, except there’s a possibility that the many are actually in favor of being dominated by the few. Or they’re intimidated. Or they’re mystified. Whatever is happening with the American people, Donald Trump represented them at the UN with a 41-minute pastiche of clichés, political pablum, incomprehensible nonsense, and meaningless feel-good rhetoric. (All the quotes that follow are from the official White House posting of the speech, reportedly written by 32-year-old hardliner Stephen Miller, a senior advisor for policy.)”
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