Certain comments made by Conservative Swede on yesterday’s post by Fjordman induced one of our American readers to send me an email specifying his objections. Finding the current atmosphere here uncongenial to Americans, he indicated that he will no longer be visiting our blog.
That’s unfortunate, because I really do want to encourage all points of view here. None of us is right all the time or completely, and the only way we will arrive at a reasonably accurate understanding of what is going on around us is to argue and debate with one another until the truth is approximated.
In order to forge an awareness of what is actually happening now — especially as it concerns the widening gulf between Europe and the United States — we need to entertain views that initially may seem wrong and misguided, and that even may even tend to make us angry.
That initial flood of anger is a signal that there could be something there worth looking at, since anger is based in fear. Often when I hear assertions about the massive mistakes that the United States has made in its foreign policy, my first reaction is to get angry — because I’m subliminally afraid that what I’m hearing may be true.
So this is what I wrote in my email response to our disgruntled American reader:
Conservative Swede can be annoying, but if you look past his deliberate abrasiveness, you’ll find that he’s often right. He’s not mindlessly anti-American; he has a point.
He doesn’t always understand Americans very well, but he is a good analyst of our foreign policy, and is right in much of what he says about American adventures overseas.
If it hadn’t been for the travesty of Kosovo, I might never have woken up and realized what’s happening.
Not just Bill Clinton, but George Bush and Condi Rice — Republicans! — irrationally demonized Serbia and actively encouraged, even demanded, the creation of the Kosovar state. We have forged a dagger of Islamic criminality aimed at the heart of Europe.
This is dangerous and evil, and it was engineered by an American “conservative”.
What’s more, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all leaned hard on the Europeans to admit Turkey into the EU. Why?
That is also dangerous and evil.
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Much of our damaging foreign policy results from the penetration of Saudi money and influence at the highest levels of our government. Republicans are at least as guilty as Democrats of corruption, stupidity, and cowardice.
This is also dangerous and evil.
Our country is doing great harm abroad, even as Obama is destroying us here at home. The Messiah is worse than anyone who came before him, but his predecessors — of both parties — share much of the blame.
We are not an empire, yet we are using our power to do harmful, deadly things abroad, not just in Europe but all over the world.
This is an unpleasant reality to wake up to, but it is true. It is foolish to live in denial and look away from it.
We can no longer get by using the “Americans saved Europe’s ass at Omaha Beach” meme — the few remaining people who performed those brave deeds are rapidly disappearing from our midst.
Keeping the Soviets out of Western Europe was a good thing to do, but that was in our interest as well as Europe’s. At the same time, unfortunately, the Marshall Plan epoxied the lips of the European infant to our teat, and the grizzled pot-bellied old man is suckling there still.
Is this beneficial, for them or for us? Is this actually a benign thing that we did to them? Did we perform a good deed?
I don’t think so. It is dangerous and evil.
It’s painful but necessary to wake up and see things as they are, not as we’d like them to be. We have made huge mistakes which produced evil results, and we haven’t stopped making them.
It would be better if we acted like a real empire, and ruled openly and brazenly, rather than by threats, extortion, arm-twisting, and bribery, all the while pretending that other countries are free to do as they please.
If we can’t do that, we should leave them to their own devices, the way we did back when we were collectively sane, before Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson discovered our manifest destiny and set off to make the world safe for democracy.
A hundred years have passed since then — how safe did we make it? And how is democracy doing today?
Conservative Swede may not be tactful when he speaks the truth; nonetheless, it often is the truth.