Friday, October 06, 2006

E Pluribus Unum?

A father holding his dead son and a mother crying over her wounded child

This is what the American government does to the foreign lands it wants to rule. When it cannot manage to conquer them by its own strength it sets neighbour against neighbour. It starts a civil war. The Romans did it. The French did it. The Ottomans did it. The British did it. The Hapsburgs did it. All empires do it. Soon "Divide et impera" will replace "E pluribus Unum" on American coins.

Who is to blame for this?

The people who fired the shots that killed and wounded these children?

Certainly.

But they are not the only ones who are culpable.

The American people are also culpable. A people that is too lazy, too complacent, too morally arrogant, too greedy, too sated even to bother to vote. The tears of the father holding his dead son wrapped in a blanket and the tears of the mother and her wounded child as they waited for treatment at Baquoba hospital today can and should also be laid directly at the feet of the American people.

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