Huge divisions have and are being created in this country-if so many of this nations foreign policies are about “nation building” I submit an emphasis should be placed on doing so in this country as well-especially on the rez and inner cities which can truthfully be economically compared to third world countries.
America seems to have an insatiable appetite for enemies-if none exist then they are cultivated.
War is a mantra and affixed almost unilaterally across the board-there are “wars” against drugs, poverty, the lack of education, and of course foreign enemies who don’t ascribe to certain philosophies.
Kind of like Orwell’s future where an enemy is a necessity to rouse public support-an enemy one day, an ally the next.
People become inured, or accepting of “collateral damage”. Drone strikes routinely take out civilian non combatants, among them children, and few stop to think this reality only fuels the problem.
A relevant question is to be asked whether people choose to accept it or not, this so called collateral damage- if being the danger children are exposed to, the trauma, and emotional scars they will carry through to adulthood and undoubtedly inspire the same hatred of the U.S.,create the next generation of “terrorists” is all this really worth it?
Does anyone actually believe this is a good thing, acceptable? Do they believe the children of any nation exposed to such things will regard it as “nation building”, something constructive?
A policy the current president previously railed against and now embraces.
As indigenous people we know what it means to have children indiscriminately murdered, we didn’t like it and shouldn’t like it for the shared misery it is when the same occurs elsewhere.
Nation building-first you destroy a country then attempt to mold it in fashion that pleases you.
Nation building -where we pump billions of dollars into other countries such as Iraq to provide FREE healthcare, free education, employment opportunities, and infrastructure and fail to do likewise here.
To do so here is to be attacked as “socialism”-well, I submit that if providing such things is in fact nation building we need to do a little nation building within the borders of this country.
The Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis pay no income tax to this government-citizens of this country on the other hand do-time for a little value for the tax dollar instead of the usual bs.