Friday, July 06, 2007

American Arrogance

I never cease to be amazed by the arogance of American politicians.

The are upset because Iran is engaging in proxy wars in the Middle East. Yet America sponsored proxy wars all over the globe from the cold war into the present.

They are upset that Iran is supplying weapons to militant groups in Iraq. Yet America is allowed to supply weapons to Fatah in Palestine.

They are upset that Iran is expanding its interests in the Middle East. At the same time America claims the right to protect its interests in the Middle East.

This seems like a case of do as I say, not as I do.

In 1953, the United States CIA organised a military coup in Iran that overthrew a democratically elected government and brough the Shar of Iran to power. He proved to be a cruel and selfish dictator. Iran has never attempted to organise a coup in the United States.

In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civilian airbus flying over the Gulf killing the 290 people. Iran has never shot down an a American passenger plane.

In 1980, the United States encouraged Saddam Hussein to invade Iran and supplied him with military assistance. Iran has never assisted Mexico to invade the United States.

What gives American politicians the right to sit in judgment on Iran? Why should the Iranians trust the United States?

On Independence day, Americans celebrated their independence from Britain. It was okay for Americans to take arms to throw off a fairly benign colonial power, but other peoples can only do that if they get American permission.

1 comment:

Steve Scott said...

"What gives American politicians the right..."

Because we're Americans.