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Response to Lynda Burchell

Reader comment on item: The Evil Isn't Islam
in response to reader comment: Why would Islamic countries want to be like the USA

Submitted by John (United States), Dec 28, 2004 at 15:57

You said, "No country should be "the most powerful nation in the world". All nations should be respected and equal. America uses its power to spread " democracy". In other words you can be free but only free to agree with America and let it have any resources that it wants on cheap and easy terms."

My response: Let me direct you to a little country called Venezuela with a rabid anti-American President/Dictator. The US quickly recognized the recall vote even though we would love it if Chavez were to lose power. You might argue that the US instigated an illegal coup against Chavez, but do you have any evidence? The only evidence we have is that the US did not diplomatically recognize the coup, leading to its failure. That isnt a good way to run a coup. Venezuela is the largest importer to the US of oil. They control their oil and are not inclined to give us any buddy, buddy discounts. We didn't invade or threaten their country. Now grow up!

As far as your second point goes, if you don't like Walmart don't shop there. You have plenty of choices. There is no fascist Walmart police forcing you to purchase from their stores. Your ravings against a department store are immature. Besides, the quality of living in the US is enough that there is no US refugee problem. No, people dream of moving here, not leaving.

I grew up in complete poverty in the US and never went to college. I've had more bad breaks than most people will ever have and yet, I am grateful that there is so much opportunity in this country to allow minorities like myself to move up socially and materially.

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