Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Will the Real America Please Stand Up?

"How can the U.S. claim itself to be the defender of justice, democracy and freedom and the staunch protector of human rights when it continues to mastermind hegemony, to perpetuate the law of the jungle, to back the forces of terrorism, occupation and aggressors and to validate Sharon's genocide against the Palestinians. Under current tragic and fatal circumstances as well as the flagrant and racist lexicon of Washington, no sane person is able to describe America's new democracy as human, passionate, good and progressive.

R. Zain, Syrian daily Teshreen October 28, 2003

America has never been an empire. We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused – preferring greatness to power and justice to glory.
George W. Bush, 1999.

Right now in my Queens NY neighborhood there is what amounts to a Bund Rally going on ie: A 911 Memorial.Complete with marching band, Kate Smith's song you know the one and the whole damn obnoxious panoply of jingoistic uber shit. So no I have very little hope that its going to get any better anytime soon.

unnamed poster on a liberal forum quoted here.

America is the foremost enemy of the Palestinian people, the Islamic and Arab nations. America is the foremost enemy of this people. America is the foremost enemy of the Muslim nation, because it wages war against the Arab, Islamic nation. Iraq possesses far more oil than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia, and [America] wants to control [the oil] so it created various methods, fabricated lies in order to wage war against Iraq. America is now behaving like Pharaoh. I see in America what we saw and heard from Pharaoh, the curse of Allah upon him. America is now behaving like Pharaoh. It is telling the whole world: “There is no God besides me.” [Koran]

Ibrahim Mudiras, Palestinian preacher , 2003

It's the great strength of America. It's an unbelievably great country we have, because the people are so strong, so resilient, so compassionate, and so decent. We believe values in our heart that we just won't change. We believe everybody has dignity, everybody has worth. We believe in freedom. We believe people yearn for freedom. We have an obligation to unleash freedom in the world. And we're not afraid to lead. This country stands strongly on the values that make us great. And we're not the least bit afraid of sharing those values in a world that needs peace and freedom.

George W. Bush, January 22, 2004

"In 50 years, the U.S. consumed the energy consumed by humanity in 150 years. Now, they are working to take control of the petroleum of the peoples, in order to consume it, just like Dracula. They are like Count Dracula - always in search of petrol and blood. Why? Because they want to preserve something transient - the American imperialistic way of life

Hugo Chavez, August 4, 2006

"America has always been the promised land for Muslims and non-Muslims," said Behzad Yaghmaian, an Iranian exile and author of "Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West." "Despite Muslims' opposition to America's foreign policy, they still come here because the United States offers what they're missing at home." Andrea Elliot

What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them.

Henry Ford II

"If the Nuremberg laws were applied today, then every Post-War American president would have to be hanged."

-- Noam Chomsky

America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world.

Dinesh D'Souza

In 21st century America the current government (the presidency and Congress of one party) has taken control not only of defense and military policy, but also military operations. No other administration, including that of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War or Franklin Roosevelt in World War II, has ever done that. The unprecedented imposition of neoconservative ideology on military operations has led directly and inevitably to the debacle in Iraq.

Gary Hart

There's the country of America, which you have to defend, but there's also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, it's an idea. An idea that's supposed to be contagious.

Bono, 2002

America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.

James T. Farrell


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