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Here I am, sitting in my apartment, on 4-7-04... it's about 11:25, and the night outside is still loud with explosions, both sanctioned (city-sponsored fireworks shows) and not (illegal fireworks being set off all over Oakland). The illegal fireworks can be forgiven... after all, it's an exhuberant display of patriotism, right, Doug69?

Ahhh... the lights and sounds of "The rockets' red glare, bombs bursting mid-air." The lights and sounds of war. Do you know that in the past 150 years, the USA has been the most militarily aggressive nation on earth? Yes, even more so than the exSoviet Union! There has not been a ten year span since the Mexican-American war that the US has not been in some sort of military conflict.

Some have been just, wars against fascism, etc., but most have been agresssive actions taken to establish territory and/or economic dominance.

Our history books portray our military as "Officer Friendly", patrolling the global neighborhood with a kind heart and a big stick. And we, watching the action on tv from a safe distance, go to bed at night thinking "'Tis a minor thing, and all will be well in the world tomorrow."

Yes, we Americans generally live at a very safe distance from the rest of the world. When 9/11 happened, we didn't know what to do. We rushed our children off to therapists, so that they wouldn't be "traumatized" by what they were seeing on tv. We are fortunate to be able to afford such indulgences. Many of the countries we've ransacked in the name of Liberty are not so fortunate.

Listen to the fireworks out your window tonight. Splendid, eh? Now pretend you live in Iraq, or Nicaragua, or Viet Nam, or the Phillipines. Now, pretend those explosions are real bombs.

Pretend the wall of your home has just been blown in, killing your mother and sister.

Pretend that soldiers with guns have just entered the ruins of your home. They're yelling at you in some language you don't understand. You cower in a corner, because there's nothing else to do.

Pretend you haven't had running water nor electricity for two months.

Pretend that your brother and his best friend have disappeared. You'll never find out what happened to them.

Pretend that you've had to kill and eat a starving dog, because there's been no food in the market for weeks.

Pretend that Americans actually had to experience war, not just watch it on tv.

And, pretend that there are no therapists to help you.

We are very lucky, to be able to watch the "bombs bursting in mid-air", and then to go safely to our homes, our refrigerators, and our families without further thought. Many citizens of other countries who've suffered "US diplomacy" cannot say the same thing.

The US certainly is no worse than many empires that the World has suffered, but it is also no better.

 

La Trix

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"Pretend that Americans actually had to experience war, not just watch it on tv.

And, pretend that there are no therapists to help you.

We are very lucky, to be able to watch the "bombs bursting in mid-air", and then to go safely to our homes, our refrigerators, and our families without further thought. Many citizens of other countries who've suffered "US diplomacy" cannot say the same thing.

The US certainly is no worse than many empires that the World has suffered, but it is also no better."

 

PRETEND that ANYONE GIVES A DAMN :)

 

LOL! and PRETEND that the woes of the world are the FAULT of Americans! PRETEND that the U.S. is an EMPIRE that INSISTS on imposing its policies on the REST of the world! PRETEND that BARBARIANS don't cut off the head of innocent people on internet sites? PRETEND that there aren't sanctimonious people who demand that the U.S.A. SOLVE all of the world's problems, and when they ATTEMPT to do so, PRETEND that it is APPPRECIATED! :(

 

PRETEND!!! that the biggest threat to American life, are not self-hating Americans themselves! :(

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>Listen to the fireworks out your window tonight. Splendid, eh?

> Now pretend you live in Iraq, or Nicaragua, or Viet Nam, or

>the Phillipines. Now, pretend those explosions are real

>bombs.

 

 

Pretend you a armed service-person just having returned from Iraq, and have to go back.

 

Well done La Trix.

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>Ahhh... the lights and sounds of "The rockets' red glare,

>bombs bursting mid-air." The lights and sounds of war.

 

Mlle Trix, an eloquent, timely post. And patriotic, contra our resident right wingnuts. Who will join in agitating to replace our battle rag with "America the Beautiful" as the national anthem? After all, F.S. Off-Key's anthem didn't become the National one until 1931.

 

The case for: http://www.trussel.com/hf/unsingbl.htm

 

Also http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=AA2F94CD-E81A-41E4-96D609803D0A1F5F

 

One statement of the case against: http://www-csli.stanford.edu/~nunberg/anthem.html

 

The current administration hears only these verses:

 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassion'd stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness.

 

O beautiful for heroes prov'd

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life.

 

...and ignores these:

 

America! America!

God mend thine ev'ry flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law.

 

America! America!

May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness,

And ev'ry gain divine.

 

P.S. This link gives the full, admittedly somewhat interminable, text: http://www.miketodd.net/encyc/beauttext.htm

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