Godeskian, on Nov 10 2003, 09:40 AM, said:
Do you reallyu believe that? that every single vote for the US was made by 'european hypocrites'?
Enough of them existed out there to eventually get Gerhard Schroder and Jacque Chirac elected into power. That is enough proof for me that European hypocrites exist in large numbers.
Gode: Statistically, the likely hood of the US eventually electing someone willing to use it's full military potential and with the skill at political maneuvering to do so, is almost 100%
Of course if that wasn't approved of by a majority of the population and/or the Congress they'd run afoul of the American Constitutional Federal System very quickly.
Consubstantial: A comment made by Uncle Sid earlier in this thread, something to the effect that that North Koreans must want their children to starve because of the levels of famine in the country, strikes me as a prime example of the danger of misconceptions.
Oh then what is the truth about the North Korean Government and that famine? The North Korean government doesn't care one whit about the fact that thousands of people in that country are starving including children. What Uncle Kim cares about his remaining in power to feed his appetite, threatening his neighbors, and building WMDs. Everything having to do with the welfare of his population is irrelevant. I think Sid hit it right on the nose about North Korea.
To me, "threat" indicates potential. No other country on the planet has the potential for harm the US does. We have the most resources, the highest levels of technology and have demonstrated the willingness to use them in the past.
It also says we have the most potential and probably are doing the most good of any nation on this planet. Of course the amount of resources the US expends on humanitarian efforts compared to other nations seems to be disregarded by many.
In fact we are the only nation that has ever actually used weapons of mass destruction on a civilian populace.
In a war triggered by a blatant sneak attack on US territory against an enemy who carried out atrocities like the Rape of Nanking. The atomic bombs were utilized a invasion that would have resulted in an estimated 200,000 US dead and millions of Japanese death. Time we managed to take all of the Home Islands by a series of invasions the nation of Japan would have ceased to exist along with a huge portion of the culture and history of that nation. The Atomic Bombs were the quickest, least painful, and least bloody of the available list of options.
The use of the Atomic Bombs is something that still weights heavy on the minds of many Americans. So the US is the one nation other than Japan that understands exactly what it is like to unleash that destructive power against human beings and the consequences of it unlike any other nation on this world. Don't think for two seconds that North Korea, Iran, or China would show such a level of restraint out of humanitarian concerns.
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