Sons of Liberty
September 11, 1996
The world may politically, as well as geographically, be divided into four parts, each having a distinct set of interests. Unhappily for the other three, Europe, by her arms and by her negotiations, by force and by fraud, has, in different degrees, extended her dominion over them all. Africa, Asia, and America, have successively felt her domination. The superiority she has long maintained has tempted her to plume herself as the Mistress of the World, and to consider the rest of mankind as created for her benefit… Facts have too long supported these arrogant pretensions of the Europeans. It belongs to us to vindicate the honor of the human race, and to teach that assuming brother, moderation… Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness! Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence, and able to dictate the terms of the connection between the old and the new world!
Federalist Papers #11, Alexander Hamilton
Although Hamilton was discussing commerce when he penned these words, we can equate the current situation of the domination of world affairs as equally commerce related – although the government suggests, conveniently, that their concern is for the welfare of certain people currently being oppressed. The Kurds were offered our support and provided arms to take on Saddam Hussein shortly after the infamous Desert Storm. After they stepped into harms way, with arms and promises, they were abandoned to their fate. Now, just weeks before reparation money (Oil for Food) was to begin flowing, Hussein is accused of attacking those who had, and would again, seek to remove him from power. Unlike the contemporary American Patriots who had been attacked and killed (without firing the first shot, or any other act of aggression), the Kurds were attacked and killed after aggressive actions, whether those of 1991 or current efforts. The government that attempted to subdue the "rebellion" is condemned by the very government that practices a form of preemptive genocide on its own people.
The United Nations was formed under the pretext of providing a forum for arbitration of international disputes. With a few years, the United Nations became engaged in taking sides and participating in violent disputes, conveniently referred to as "police actions".
Just a few years ago, coercion was used to "align" most of the world powers and the immediate neighbors of Iraq into an alliance that could claim support from the United Nations General Assembly. In that action, the General Assembly was required to grant its blessing before the "police action" began, targeting civilian targets and causing the deaths of tens or hundreds of thousands of non-combatant women and children. The destruction of the sewer and water supplies (far from military targets in a war that lasted just a few days) is still having repercussions on daily life in Iraq.
The result of those actions was that certain conditions must be met by Hussein before oil could be sold on the world market. Iraq had satisfied those requirements, so "King William" released 44 Cruise missiles (that’s about $44 million worth) on what is alleged to be nine anti-aircraft sites. In the two strikes, reports were that four of the installations were destroyed and the remainder damaged. This discounts the damage to the United States budget, but not the budget of the manufacturer of the missiles, who, I am sure, has lobbied in support of the action.
"King William," by his actions, has bypassed the concept of arbitration and resorted to the traditional role of bully, antagonist and self-proclaimed ruler (or mistress) of the World. He has replaced the General Assembly, and its implied wisdom with his own. The United Nations has come full circle, and placed the United States, and its King, as the rulers of the world.
I cannot say if Hussein is right, or wrong. I can say that unless I were a citizen of Iraq, it is none of my business whether he is right or wrong. To assume that we are capable of making such a determination is a self-serving pat on the back, and acknowledgment that our ideas are better than anyone else’s. This ignores the differences in culture, religion, economy and lifestyle – and places us in a position to claim that "if I were the President, then I could also be King, and that my benevolence is sufficient to assure satisfaction to all who are good – and, Damn the rest of ‘em!"
I do know that I do not go in my neighbors house to solve his problems, only to offer advice if it is solicited. Who are we, then, to go half way around the world to kill and maim to bring others into compliance with our wishes?
I can judge my own house, and I have an obligation to judge my own government. With the demise of monarchy as our form of government, we have entered into a truly original form of government recognizing that man IS capable of governing himself through designated representatives. As such, we have taken from the monarch the moral responsibility for our actions, and hung that morality around our own necks, and hearts. This reality was well recognized by the Founders some two hundred years ago. Hamilton phrased the responsibilities of the new government "to vindicate the honor of the human race, and to teach that assuming brother, moderation."
That "moderation" can best be defined as the Golden Rule – Do unto others…
If the responsibility of self-government is as was suggested, then our obligation is not unlike that of the Kurds – to risk Life, Fortune and Sacred Honour to rid ourselves, and the world, of the evil ruler that presumes our collective authority to force others into his bidding.
Every act committed by "King William" is an act condoned by you and me. We will have to bear the moral burden when the time for judgment has come.
We are wearing much of that burden, now. Travel overseas and see how you, as an American, are treated by other than the Money Merchants; Understand why America is considered the "Satan" by so many; Understand why the wealthy Saudis support terrorist activities although continuing to do business with us; Understand why the United Nations has begun to stand back and not offer her blessings to the current actions in Iraq; Understand that you are as guilty as your "self-government" of any crimes committed in your name; Finally, Understand that the imposition of authority, done in our name, is also an imposition of slavery upon ourselves and our children.
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