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Submitted by Bryan Jackson (Canada), Apr 12, 2006 at 13:05

I've seen some major rants here, but yours takes the cake.

While the US' support of people has been at times contraversial you must keep in mind they don't do that out of the good of their hearts and often do ask themselves "what the hell have we gotten ourselves into?" Bombing Mecca at the height of the Hajj would be incredibly immoral and stupid, not to mention it would make a terrorist problem worse - just as these terrorist idiots I'm absolutely certain did not consider what 9/11 would result in for them. They had pretty much a home free zone, and what happened after 9/11? Surprise! They went in and blew stuff up. One of bin Laden's bigshots and their main moneyman was killed by a US airstrike in November 2001 - no doubt part of the reason they haven't been able to do much since.

The US stiffly used sanctions to bust up such nasty people as the aforementioned cases of Pinochet and the Guatemalan death squads. Brazil's death squads are history now. The US almost singlehandedly smacked down South Africa's racist Nationalists in the 1980s as the Europeans didn't have the balls to force the issue. And like its been pointed out already, the Phillipines owe their independence to the USA - first the Americans took them from Spain, then they took them again from the Japanese - in both cases with considerable cost to human life.

Every nation that has ever been a major, worldwide foreign policy player has made mistakes. Israel is not an exception - most Israelis didn't like their involvement in Lebanon, for starters. Ripping on the US for mistakes they've made, if you're gonan be fair you have to pee on the EU and Russia for that as well.

Consider yourself, your nation, what the Americans have done and what they are doing and ask yourself "Would I have done things differently?" In my opinion, in some cases I would have. In others, I wouldn't.
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