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hate imperialist Ambitions, Arrogance, and AGGRESSION!!! Remember
when the NAZIS decided that Poland was theirs?
the US had been punched in the face on September
George W. Bush (stars circling his face in a daze) suggested that
the US had been attacked by people who hate freedom. This is quite
a vague and misleading statement. But clearly
Bush is right about one thing: hate is the motivation for the attacks.
The people who commited them do not hate freedom, but they do hate
the US quite a bit (and they are not alone).
you are familiar with US and World History for about the last fifty
years and stay abreast of news and current events, then you know
that many people all over the world hate the US. They don't hate
the US because of the freedoms enjoyed here (those that are left!)
or because they despise the concept of freedom generally. Rather
they hate the US because they see the US Government's foreign policy
as restricting, preventing, or even taking away the freedoms of
other countries and peoples.
US dominates world affairs to a great extent, leaving much of the
rest of the world without a say in many areas (even in their own
domestic affairs sometimes!). The US has acquired the power to essentially
unilaterally decide many matters for the entire world.
instance, the US has prevented international treaties aimed at cleaning
up the environment like the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases from
going into force [the Kyoto Protocol finally has been realized with
no help from the US, due to Russia finally signing on to it]. Whereas
the great, great majority of the rest of the world has come to the
consensus that this treaty is urgently needed, the US has prevented
it. There are many other treaties and matters of international law
that are similarly popular with the great majority of the rest of
the world that the US has also flouted: weapons bans such as the
anti-landmine effort and anti-nuclear proliferation efforts, the
International Criminal Court and many others.
addition, the US Government seems to have little respect for the
sovereignty of other countries. The US Military has unjustly waged
war on a huge number of countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Panama,
and Vietnam just to name a handful) resulting in catastrophic damage
and massive losses of life.
US Government has also sparked, sponsored, supported, and/or participated
directly in the violent overthrow of governments all over the world.
Many of the governments overthrown have been democratically elected
governments; and many of the regimes installed following these coups
have been despotic. Take Nicaragua, Guatemala, or Chile for example.
Or the most recent example: Haiti. President Aristide was the first
democratically elected president in Haiti's history. US Government
agencies trained and covertly supplied violent thugs with M-16's.
These thugs are responsible for the 2004 coup d'etat and the resulting
chaos and repression that is still prevailing in Haiti. US military
and intelligence agents have been accused by Aristide of kidnapping
him... forcibly flying him to an exile in the Central African Republic
(a country ruled by a dictator). Check out Democracy
Now! for news reports on Haiti's most recent coup and its consequences.
are many more examples! Many thousands of innocent people have died
as a result of these coups and their aftermaths, effects of which
often continue to this day.
US Government also favors economic policies that disadvantage working
people in the Third World to ensure that US corporations can pay
the lowest wages possible to those who labor for them and so that
US consumers continue to have access to cheap goods. This robs people
of decent wages and working conditions all over the world. The so-called
"undeveloped world" remains undeveloped largely for the
benefit of US corporations and consumers. There is a direct connection
between the widespread poverty that persists internationally and
the vast wealth enjoyed in the US and other western countries.
example, the US Government works hard to keep labor laws weak or
unenforced in many other countries. In Colombia, US weapons and
economic aid donated to help fight the War on Drugs ends up in the
hands of paramilitaries who kill labor leaders (more
labor leaders are assasinated annually in Colombia than in any other
Perkins, a former self-described "economic
hitman" employed at the super secret NSA, attests to the
economic sabotage and espionage wreaked on countless foreign countries
by the US government.
dominated international banking institutions like the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank give loans to desperate Third
World governments with very harsh interest rates and other conditions
(such as the forced privatization of publicly owned assets, transportation
fare increases, government sector layoffs, tuition increases and
education cuts, etc.) that harm those countries immensely. The loans
are invariably renegotiated regularly because the countries are
unable to keep up their payments. Over time, these countries pay
many times more than the original amounts they borrowed, but the
loans never get paid off. This strangles the economies of Third
World countries, causing an unending cycle of debt that locks the
countries in perpetual economic servitude to the US and other western
US Government has helped to prevent and stifle democratic elections
in some countries.
US Government has helped to repress movements for democracy in some
countries as well.
US Government, it should be mentioned, has helped some countries
and peoples. But, typically only when it suits their own interests
to do so. The US Government proclaims that it is the beacon of freedom
to the rest of the world, but it counts many dictatorial and belligerent
regimes among its allies and aid recipients. US foreign policy is
riddled with hypocrisy and double standards. It is a program with
one main goal: global domination by any means necessary.
is why so many people all around the world hate the US.
T-shirt takes what George W. Bush said in his speech following the
attacks on September 11th and manipulates it so that it actually
makes some sense. If the US has the freedom (or right) to dominate
the rest of the world and wage war on anyone who resists, then perhaps
Bush is right to say the US is hated for its "freedom".
Germany, Italy, and Japan, the Axis Powers, had such an exclusive
freedom in the 1930's and 40's, and the peoples of the countries
they invaded and occupied certainly hated them.
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