When a former NOBEL peace laureate tells young children she would love to kill George Bush and those children cheer and applaud her.
Betty Williams, an Irish citizen who won the peace prize thirty years ago talks of the women and children who lie in hospitals in Iraq injured from the bombs and bullets of American soldiers but she never once speaks of the women and children injured and killed by Saddam, his army, or terrorists around the world.
From the story I linked to above:
"We went to a hospital where there were 200 children; they were beautiful, all of them, but they had cancers that the doctors couldn't even recognise. From the first Gulf War, the mothers' wombs were infected.
"As I was leaving the hospital, I said to the doctor, 'How many of these babies do you think are going to live?"
"He looked me straight in the eye and said, 'None, not one'. They needed five different kinds of medication to treat the cancers that the children had, and the embargoes laid on by the United States and the United Nations only allowed them three."
Where is her outrage over Saddam murdering thousand of innocent Kurdish women and children? Where was her outrage when Saddam's army and his own sons raped thousands of Iraqi women?
Delegates to this Earth Dialogues Forum she attended said the following:
"There can be no sustainable peace while the majority of the world's population lives in poverty"
"There can be no sustainable peace if we fail to rise to the global challenge presented by climate change.
"There can be no sustainable peace while military spending takes precedence over human development."
Well we really can't tackle the challenges of poverty, climate change and human development when terrorists threaten the free world now can we? It is impossible to tackle these issues in societies which are not free and democratic.
While I think President Bush has made some errors in judgment and while I think he's been somewhat misguided by people with hidden agendas, he is not to blame for the mass atrocities of rape, genocide, poverty, hunger and inhumanity going on throughout the world. We can blame that on oppressive foreign governments, the terrorists who thrive within their nations, and finally the UN for turning a blind eye to it unless it hurts them in their pocketbook. Even then they are slow to act.
This anti-US sentiment that portrays us as the "big bad meanie" is a smokescreen. It's so easy to blame the United States for the atrocities around the world. It's interesting though considering we are the most free nation in the world, a nation which protects even the rights of those accused of the most heinous crimes, a nation who is first to defend and protect those who cannot defend and protect themselves. We are a nation whose people give an awful lot to third-world countries in the aftermath of disasters. And still we're the bad guy.
For more than 200 years, our system of representative democracy has worked quite well. That and our Constitution have been models for the rest of the world. Because our system works, other countries look to us for help. We naturally assumed the role of peacekeeper, protector, defender. We're like the popular guy in the school who protects the little kids from the mean nasty bullies.
Unfortunately these days whenever we try to live up to that role, we're chastised.
The anti-US crowd wants peace but they don't understand that there can be no peace if all sides do not want it. If all sides do not want it, sometimes you have to fight them for it. We have a choice--either we continue to let oppressive nations and terrorists ruin the lives of innocent people and we turn a blind eye or we do something about it, which many times means going in and destroying the oppressor. Either way innocent people will die. But just because they will die doesn't mean we should do nothing. If the colonists in America had thought like these anti-US activists, there would have been NO Revolution, NO Freedom and more importantly, NO AMERICA!