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    I'm not normally a diarist, but have commented occasionally on the reality of America as a contemporary imperialist power.  If you think of us in this way, an awful lot of the history of the last century falls neatly into place.

    We were once a reluctant imperial power, belatedly following 19th-century fashion in the Phillippines, Hawaii and Latin America.  During and after WW II, however, we found a real taste for the enterprise, and the Cold War was essentially an imperialist struggle between two aspiring world dominators.  

    We won that struggle but found ourselves too enfeebled to carry out our ambitions.  Fortunately.  

    We tell ourselves comforting myths to excuse our subjugation of other peoples, much as the British did in the 19th century with the "White Man's Burden."  When you hear the phrase "freedom and democracy" in George Bush's lips, translate it as "pursuant to American imperial interests."  

    You will then have a much clearer idea of our true ambitions in the world.  And much of the world's negative reaction will make a hell of a lot more sense.

    -4.50, -5.85 In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --Orwell

    by Dallasdoc on Sun May 28, 2006 at 07:09:21 PM PDT

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