My Plan to Stop the Cycle
“This country is determined to disarm Iraq and thereby bring peace to the world.”
Talk about putting it in simplistic terms! While the ‘Pres’ likes to follow the ‘Simple is as simple does’ path, I have a slightly more complicated theory for what would bring peace to the world at a much cheaper cost (in terms of lives and money): Lets get the hell out of the Middle East.
I realize that while it sounds simple, it would in fact be a difficult thing to do. It’s about as easy for us to pull away from the region of the world that supplies our oil habit as it is for a suckling pig to pull away from the teet of a big fat sow. But jeez can we just stop trying to tell the rest of the world(at least, those who we’re sure we could crush in military airstrikes) how to live their lives? Many many people around the world, not just the Middle East, blame the U.S. and the western culture we represent for a lot of the problems in the world – and rightfully so. Under the guise of democracy, our government has screwed up countries in South America, Middle America, the Mid-East, Africa, Southeast Asia.. hell, pretty much everywhere except Antarctica, and thats only because we don’t have a bomb to go through 100 feet of solid ice. We’ve also set up – and summarily knocked down – more dictators than I can count on two hands including todays anti-american icon, Saddam. And the sad fact is at this very moment somewhere in the world, a dictator-in-waiting is getting his ‘My First Stingerï¿½’ shipment from Uncle Sam and the training to use it so he can knock off someone we don’t want in power right now. Sadder yet, in ten years we’ll be hearing about him and what a threat to the U.S. he/she is, and how we must ‘disarm them to bring peace to the world’.
We are in a cycle of violence folks, and whether that term is applied to an abusive relationship within a family, or applied to the relationship between the U.S. and the rest of the world family, it carries the same consequences, pain, and outcomes. It also carries the same solution – the cycle of violence must stop for any sort of healing or honest dialog to start.