Paying for our past sins, Or: America, the guilty?
So George Carlin said recently that we’ve been pushing around the world for too long and we paid the piper on 9/11. Pushing the world around with what? Our success? The fact that we’re better than them? Too many people in this country seem to believe that we shouldn’t exist, that this country is wrong and should be abolished because of past wrongs it has committed. They laud other countries and the wonderful things that happen there. So let’s take a look.
Starting with… Europe. Ah, the noble Germans, who wouldn’t lift a finger against Saddam Hussein because it was “wrong”. Yeah. Need I mention millions killed in a bloodthristy rush for power? And don’t tell me it was just Hitler and his buddies, and the rest of the country didn’t know. They knew, they were thirsty for power and once they got a little they wouldn’t stop until they had it all. Oh I know it was in the past. But people keep saying America’s bad for its past, so let the rest of the world pay too! The rest of Europe: France, England, the Dutch, Portugal, Spain…. a looooonnnggggg history of colonizing the rest of the world and killing all the natives they could get their hands on, either outright or by working them to death. Those poor non-white natives. Oh wait, not really, because moving on – Africa.
You know, Africa’s funny. The US takes the sole blame for slavery. But who sold us those slaves? Oh that’s right. Other Africans. Tribes would conquer one another all the time, and conquered tribes would be sold off by the victorious ones as slaves. But it wasn’t just them, it was a good old ancient practice that pretty much spanned the world for thousands of years before America came around. Yet we’re the only ones paying for it. And how many countries today in Africa aren’t run by corrupt governments who kill their enemies and their families? Someone should make a list of all the countries currently either in a civil war or being run by a corrupt government. And I’m following a strict definition of corrupt, where you kill and give bribes to get your way.
Moving on to…Asia! Could the Russians have killed any more of their own citizens? Let alone any more people in the conquered countries of the Soviet Union, to repress them? Let’s forget our noble Russian friends, who also wouldn’t lift a finger to topple Saddam. The middle east! Woohoo! Run by repressive theocracies! Yay! I’d love to live there! Not only do they kill Israelis, but they kill each other over religious disagreements! Just like us! China! Wow, they’re not repressive. And they sure leave Taiwan and Tibet alone. They’re so nice! I’m glad they also haven’t killed their own citizens in the name of communist repression. North Korea! Lovely place. The dictator lives like a king while telling his people that they have no food because of the evil US. It’s all our fault! Japan! Peaceful people. They just, ya know, raped and pillaged all throughout China and the rest of Southeast Asia during WWII. South America! Where the drug wars kill everyone! And way way long ago, back in the Incan days, they’d all kill each other for fun.
But America is the only evil country on earth. In fact, the most evil. Oh wait, no it’s not. It’s the best. It’s the least evil, with the shortest history of evil, and the most quickly to have come to its senses and stopped being violent. We also give the most in terms of aid to other countries, Humanitarian and otherwise. The rest of the world hates us, and tells us we’re evil, because they know deep down that we’re the best. The one place where people can be free and equal. God Bless America. And if the rest of the world hates us for that, let them.