"When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper which should have been gold, are a token of honor -- your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money." ~ Ayn Rand
Mickey Mouse With a Machine Gun
The day of reckoning has finally arrived. While the whole world looked on, we screwed up so badly that it may take decades before the American people can walk down the sidewalk of world opinion without having our former friends and neighbors cross to the other side of the street.
To say that we have lost the moral high ground in the wake of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is an understatement of epic proportions. What we have done, in our knee-jerk, post-9/11 effort to 'achieve victory in the war on terror at any cost,' is expose to the world just how sick and darkly twisted our culture has become. And make no mistake about it: The export of American culture is vital to our already trembling economy.
In the eyes of the world, Mickey Mouse now carries an M-16 and an electrified cattle prod. Indiana Jones is a grave robbing ghoul who disrespects the Arab cultures from which he plunders and purloins. International action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is . . . well, he's governor of the state of California .
Are you starting to get the point?
President Bush wants everyone to believe that the abuses at Abu Ghriab prison in Iraq represent 'the wrongdoing of a few'. The insurgents and terrorists, he postulates, 'hate us because we're free.'
Fast food. Cell phones. Road rage. What's not to love and envy?
As I write this piece, tearing my eyes away from the myriad of stories on the wire services about the prisoner abuse scandal, I see the following breaking news stories here in the U.S. :
In a Philadelphia suburb, two teens rob and beat a nun at her convent door before making off with the sister's cell phone and purse containing twenty dollars.
In Brownsville , Texas , 24-year old Angela Camacho has been declared competent to stand trial in the suffocation, stabbing, and beheading deaths of her three infants.
They hate Americans, Mr. Bush, because we are barbaric animals and now they have the proof. Like a private eye working for a cuckolded husband, they have the snapshot evidence of an infidel in bare naked action. They know we behead our children and beat our nuns senseless on the home front but now we're in their countries, their cultures, on a G.I. Joe campaign to bring them the fruits of democracy.
Is it any wonder they are resisting with such violent abhorrence?