The thoughts below arose one morning on account of a conversation I had with a dear friend, an US citizen, who as a whole are never without the coloured pall of propaganda over their minds and beliefs that every successive US Government spreads in cohorts with its business and media oligarchs — its electoral fund providers and promoters. The talk started with a focus on the present but, in my concerns, soon extended over the longer term in view of humanity at large.
My friend observed, “Trust me, you need to visit the US to know its greatness. The concept of free market and Individuality is exercised here. This is the promised land…” over a pic carrying an Ayn Rand quote, appended at end of this essay.
My response at first : I may not disagree there @ what US regimes might be assuring to its citizens. What you might be blind about is the mindless loot and destruction it caused the world over, the subhuman distortions it has introduced and warps it has perpetrated globally, and the willful manner in which it has subverted international institutions … That makes it nothing more than a criminal power on the prowl in the eye of much of the rest of the world !
Actually, they are morons … who do not realise the harm they are placing their own citizenry in. Because people never forget … never.
Friend : Just give me one example each of loot and destruction,sub human distortions,willful subversion of international institutions and what harm are they placing on their citizens ?
Which is when my response broke through : Japan, Vietnam, Latin America, Pakistan, Bangladesh War, Middle East, UN … all of it is historical.
Its citizens will always be vulnerable to threats from people who have been humiliated and wronged at the altr of “US’ self-interest” … just because they were weak then. Because they will find ways to become strong, even if it takes decades and centuries, and will first weaken the US enough before bringing it to its knee and its people to live in fear.
Why do you believe US is scrambling for “friends” in Asia, where most of the world’s population lives ?
Why do you believe the US is sucking up to hardliners and jihadists, playing havoc in Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iraq ?
Why has it finally cosied up with Iran, its sworn enemy ?
Why are LatAm countries pathologically against US ? And India has cooled off ? And Japan is regaining its Asian identity ?
The US is just a “control” gangster (with France and UK in tow) on the world stage today. It is looking to co-opt others in its gang against China and Russia, and the Islamists thirsty for its blood.
No, it will only keep the world divided — for and against it. That will not change anytime soon. Nor will the process whereby it will continue to weaken even if ever so slightly every year while other inch up on their strengths.
In a way, er, several and more predatory ways in fact, the colonisation programs never came to end, when the subjects were treated sub-humanly as lesser, much lesser and de-priviledged beings.
The charities and material aids will never, not even by a fraction, make up for what the US and its European mates have continued to inflict on the rest of the world after the War.
And that is why India is important, its voice and embracing beliefs are important. It knows how to live with its limitations and lack without even thinking of taking what belongs to others, while working hard to improve. Indians can tell the Muslims to their faces all that wrong in their beliefs, without being accused of imposing its own solely through use of power. For proof, one only needs to consider the different very modified and moderated streams that have broken off from even hardboiled Islamic, Christian and Socialist thoughts when they have met the Indian way of life !
Today, India alone is closest to being a democracy, of marching to its people will along a continuity that flows from hoary ages in past, without giving in to the overpowering greed of oligarchs or closed abrahamic extremes evident in the Muslim, Christian and Maoist worlds.
That is also how the world will heal itself during centuries in future because India will be still be there for them to come back to … with its openness and moderation and embraced suffering and happiness on behalf of all people everywhere !
Thank you, my friend. I would never have penned these thoughts without your prompt.