Tuesday, June 26, 2007

African states oppose US presence

"The Libyan and Algerian governments reportedly told Mr Henry this month that they would play no part in hosting Africom. Despite recently improved relations with the US, both said they would urge their neighbours not to do so, either, due to fears of future American intervention. Even Morocco, considered Washington's closest north African ally, indicated it did not welcome a permanent military presence on its soil.

"We've got a big image problem down there," a state department official admitted. "Public opinion is really against getting into bed with the US. They just don't trust the US.""

African states oppose US presence | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

More bad results from our tough-guy, black & white, unilateral foreign policy. Instead of leading by example, respecting other nations and their cultures, and using persuasion rather than force (as Dr. Ron Paul suggests), we have done the opposite. Now, other countries will not work with us, and may just work against us. They are afraid we will turn against them, as our word is not good anymore. Our credibility is gone.

Culturally, we are in the midst of a war of ideology right now. With the advent of the internet and instantaneous information, more than ever before, religious, economic, and social ideas are being brought to corners of the world that never had the opportunity to hear them before. Our example, as a country is being watched by more eyes than ever before. Therefore, it is important that we put our best foot forward. One of integrity, credibility, and honor so that our ideas of freedom, free markets, and equal rights win the day in the battlefield of ideas.

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1 comment:

Bret Moore said...

Haha, hilarious. African states wary of US interventionism, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT EH. Good on 'em, they should start rejecting our foreign aid too, since it does them no good and immeasurable harm. What was that Nicolas Cage movie, Lord of War? Great flick.