Toward the end of my recent post I mentioned the “idiots” who booed Ron Paul when he called for the Golden Rule to be applied to U.S. foreign policy. Perhaps “idiots” was too strong a word, so I think I really meant “neanderthals,” “barbarians” and “moral relativists” (and maybe “cretins” as well).
My view of the Golden Rule is this: “Do unto others what one would want others to do unto you,” and “Don’t do unto others what one would not want others to do unto you.” People who believe in moral values, peace and freedom, and having a civilized society should agree with me on that.
So Ron Paul has been trying to say that we should apply such a philosophy to U.S. foreign policy because, if we wouldn’t want foreigners invading and occupying our lands and murdering our families then we shouldn’t allow our government to do that to foreigners.
Unfortunately, our government bureaucrats have used a lot of emotionalistic propaganda to rationalize their criminal aggressions against foreigners, and their illegal wars of aggression, especially since the early 1990s, and the mainstream media have acted as the U.S. government’s own Pravda.
But the “American Exceptionalists” disagree with Ron Paul. Here is what modern Exceptionalists believe: “It is wrong for foreign forces or governments to invade or occupy America, or bomb our cities and murder our people. But, because America is ‘exceptional,’ our government has a right to invade and occupy foreign territories, including those whose people were of no threat to us (such as Iraq and Afghanistan), and kill their people including civilians. But they had better not fight back and defend themselves or we’ll give it to them even harder!”
That is the modern version of American Exceptionalism, whether the Exceptionalists openly admit that or not. But many of them are just brainwashed by government-controlled schooling and the government-spokespeople of the mainstream media, and they actually believe all the lies that government bureaucrats have been telling to rationalize their crimes against foreigners. So, in my view, “American Exceptionalism” = moral relativism.
A lot of people still don’t know — because the MSM wouldn’t report on it — that among the 9/11 terrorists’ motivations for the attacks was the invasive U.S. foreign policy prior to 9/11.
In 1991, our government and U.S. military started a war against Iraq, and intentionally bombed and destroyed civilian Iraqi water and sewage treatment centers and the electricity sources needed to operate them. According to researcher James Bovard, then-U.S. Air Force Col. John Warden wrote a paper a few years later stating that the reason was to bring down Iraqi civilian morale, with the hope that the Iraqis would replace their leader Saddam Hussein. In his paper, Warden stated that, with the ruination of the Iraqis’ water supply, the intention was to bring about disease such as cholera and cancer (which they did).
Only psychopathic sickos and sadists would commit such heinous criminal acts against an entire population. And this was 10 years before 9/11! To enforce their psyhopathy, the U.S. government and the UN imposed no-fly zones over Iraq and sanctions to prevent the Iraqis from rebuilding their civilian infrastructure. Again, only truly sick people would do this. By the year 2000, the deaths of innocent civilian Iraqis were in the hundreds of thousands.
Typical government bureaucrats and the “unintended” consequences of their stated goals. Not only did they not get Saddam Hussein removed from Iraqi leadership, but they caused the Iraqis to rally around their leader even more. And this also led to widespread anti-Americanism throughout the Middle East by the year 2000.
And currently, by the way, Barack Obama’s drone-murder program is killing far more civilians overseas than actual “terrorists,” which does nothing but anger those foreigners and provoke them into wanting to retaliate.
Can you imagine if a foreign government had bombed American cities and intentionally destroyed our water and sewage treatment centers here? And imposed no-fly zones against Americans, and sanctions? Promoting other countries to not trade with us to provide needed supplies for rebuilding? Or foreign governments firing drones over American cities and bombing and murdering civilian Americans?
In such situations, should we just sit there and take it? No, in such situations, people should fight back! (In another example, violent criminals hijacked planes and crashed them into buildings and caused the deaths of approx. 3,000 innocent civilians in America. Our people and government responded — in the wrong way of course, but they responded.)
So, the rise in anti-Americanism throughout the 1990s should have been understandable, given what our criminal government bureaucrats did in their provoking those foreigners starting especially in 1991.
And now our government is imposing sanctions on Iran that are really only affecting their civilian population (See this, this, and this), and not the Iranian government, just as our U.S. government sanctions on Iraq throughout the 1990s affected Iraqi civilians, and not their Saddam Hussein leader. That is because government bureaucrats do not learn from their mistakes, or from history. The government bureaucrats in charge of “national security” are given monopoly powers and are not made to be accountable for their illicit and criminal actions.
But saying all these things — all these truths of actual history — sounds absurd to so many people now. They will look at you like you are from a different planet. As Jacob Hornberger wrote recently, Americans have become indoctrinated. (Orwell saw it coming.)
Unfortunately, America has a population so brainwashed to be submissive and subservient to government bureaucrats, under this mythical idea of government as “leader,” “protector” of the population, or some great master to be revered. And the Press in general has developed from one of being a check on government power to being just another part of the subservient, obedient sheeple population.
In this article recently, Glenn Greenwald gives examples of that, in the context of the news propagandists showing their awe and worship of the military, and specifically, of former CIA Director David “The Stud” Petraeus. Greenwald quotes Christiane Amanpour: “All I know is that one of the greatest military minds [sic] in modern American history is now off the battlefield” and “…No, make that two, Stanley McChrystal’s gone too. At a time when we need them most.” (That filled David Brinkley‘s shoes at one point?)
And Greenwald quotes Andrea Mitchell in her noting the news about Petraeus’s resignation: “This is a personal tragedy.” And “This is very painful.”
Barf. Me. Out.
These are supposedly “objective” news journalists. If they really believe those things about these government bureaucrats, and if these people really feel this way, then we’re doomed. Don’t ever expect to get the truth out of these people regarding what our government bureaucrats are up to.
And yes, David Petraeus is just another government bureaucrat. And not just another government bureaucrat, but a government bureaucrat bimbo — or “himbo,” I should say. But because I believe in the right of all human beings to presumption of innocence, I’ll say that Petraeus is an alleged himbo. (The FBI is alleging … ) But all this that has come up about Petraeus now doesn’t surprise me, given what a schmoozer and a self-promoter his is. (And a “Rockefeller Republican” to boot! Yech!)
But I digress. The U.S. government has had a belligerent, interventionist foreign policy for many decades, to benefit power-grabbers and the parasitic military-security-industrial-congressional complex.
So here is a video that I have linked to several times, but I don’t think I have actually posted this, of Ron Paul during the 1990s pointing out our government’s criminal aggressions in Iraq and elsewhere, and the anti-American blowback these policies had been causing, and his predictions that such immoral policies will only provoke foreigners to commit terrorist attacks here within the U.S. (NB: At about 1:30 the video contains repeated footage of the planes hitting the WTC towers, sorry about that 6-second intrusion.)
But at the Republican debates earlier this year, Ron Paul stated that we should apply the Golden Rule to U.S foreign policy, as mentioned above. But because the more neanderthalish, barbaric and cretinous amongst the “American Exceptionalists” are very short-sighted and don’t understand the long-term repercussions of the initiation of wars and aggressions against foreigners, and because they approve of the moral relativism of our government’s interventionist, war-mongering, criminal aggressions against others, here they are booing Ron Paul: