The folks over at YellowTimes.org have an article up on The Shrub’s(TM) State of the Union address which raises one of the troubling concerns I have with the current war-happy administration:
But the Bush administration, and much of the U.S. government in general, believes that the world is best controlled by the United States. This is the same belief that fueled the long and brutal history of colonialism. European colonial masters claimed that the countries of Africa, Asia and the Americas could not rule themselves; that the colonial masters knew what was best for their colonies.
Today we seem to be witnessing an attempt at a new form of colonialism, this time by the United States. The Bush administration is saying that the United States knows what is best for the “peace of the world,” and will take whatever actions are necessary to achieve this, even if nearly every country disagrees.
This is why Bush’s statement, “the course of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others,” sends a strong signal to sovereign nations that the United States has completely abandoned a policy of multilateralism and has entered a new stage of unilateralism, which increasingly looks like a newfound U.S. nationalism. This nationalism also has strong undertones of moral and cultural elitism which further infuriates other countries.
In addition to offending and marginalizing its allies, President Bush’s speech sent a clear signal to U.S. rivals, most importantly China, that the only way to protect their country against U.S. imperial threats is by amassing a military that can compete with the United States.
If the U.S. is not willing to consider the concerns of other nations, and openly states that U.S. policy is necessary for the “peace of the world,” it has become clear to the actual world that the United States will shape the planet in any way it desires; it is clear that the “peace of the world” is now synonymous with U.S. interests.
I’m not buying the whole weapons of mass destruction and supposed terrorist support that this administration keeps claiming is why it’s so important that we invade Iraq. If we are that worried about weapons of mass destruction then how come we’re not gearing up to take on North Korea where they’ve not only admitted to their desires to have nuclear weapons, but have openly said they will develop them and to hell with anyone who doesn’t like it and if the U.S. tries to do anything about it they’ll start World War III? Com’on they’re practically rubbing our noses in it and Bush is telling us they’re not a “concern” right now? What makes him think that North Korea isn’t out soliciting terrorists right now just for the fun of it?
No, this looming war isn’t about WOMD or how horrible a leader Saddam is for his people. It could just be a personal vendetta to make up for all the criticism his father took for not finishing the job the first time around. It could be to secure the oil. I suspect it’s as much about establishing another military base in the Middle East to try and intimidate all the Muslims as anything else.
The problem I’m having is that the more you listen to Bush and his administration’s ridiculous explanations for what he’s doing the more it feels like history repeating itself. I’ll take a lot of crap for this next statement I’m sure, but this all has a certain deja-vu feeling when you compare the rhetoric and actions against pre-World War II Germany. To me, that’s a scary thought.