The US of A rhetoric that is getting all the publicity is coming from Donald Trump with Sarah Palin singing harmony. And while he talks tough, the substance of his proposals is actually very defensive. His proposal is to build Fort USA. Ban all Muslims from entering. Build a wall to keep the Hispanics out, with armed Trump guards all along the watchtower. He is leading Americans into a siege mentality. Waving a sabre from behind a fortress.
There is an irony that Trump wants to build a fortress to protect Americans against foreigners who would bring violence upon their people and/or corruption of their culture. For only a couple of hundred years ago these westerners were the invaders who brought terrible violence upon the native Americans as they destroyed their culture. Karma would say they are getting a bit of their own back. They fear the Mexicans pouring across the border into Texas, while overlooking the fact that they stole Texas from Mexico in 1845. And from further afield they fear the Muslims who are counter-attacking decades of the USA intrusions into the Middle Eastern countries and actual invasion of Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan. Trump fears, probably correctly, that Muslim immigrants and refugees are a Trojan horse for Muslim terrorists, but of course one country’s terrorist is another country’s freedom fighter.
Over the past 70 years the USA have often joined in other people’s fights and they have enraged a lot of people in their very short history. Up until the second world war the USA pretty much kept to themselves. They were busy little beavers because they were focused on creating their own new self-indulgent world of home and kitchen appliances to make their wimin’ foke’s life easier and fast food outlets like A&W, the forerunner to KFC and Mickey D’s, to ensure starvation was never going to be a problem. Even today most do not have passports and most of those who have them do so because they are immigrants who needed them to come to America. Traditional America is very insular. They only joined world war 2 in 1942, two years after it started, when the Japanese bombed their Pacific outpost, Hawaii, which sits almost halfway between the Japanese and USA mainlands. The attack on their naval base in Hawaii spooked them and their response was the Manhattan project, the development of weapons of mass destruction. So they went into the European war arena to gather intelligence on Germany’s atomic and rocket building research and ‘recruit’ the German scientists and engineers who led the world in this area. In May 1945 Germany surrendered; four months later the USA dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That was soon followed by the Korean War then the Vietnamese War.
The USA became obsessed with technology, particularly military technology. In 1958 they put men into space and in 1969 they put men on the moon. While the British were developing computer technology during WW2, so were the Americans and in 1946 they announced the launch of ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, a giant brain. From that point computer technology was dominated by the USA companies of Microsoft and Apple. The technology was funded by the military and its primary purpose was military. They never used atomic bombs again in war, but that was because Russia also developed them and pointed them to mainland USA cities. Strange to think that it was Russia who most likely prevented Atomic warfare being used in Korea, Vietnam, Cuba or the Middle East.
The Crusades against the Persian Empire were supposed to have ended in 1487 but the USA have conducted their own Crusades there since WW2. They supported the Shah of Iran who was then overthrown in the 1979 revolution; then they supported Iraq in the Iraq-Iran war. Then they subsequently invaded Iraq, twice in 1990 and 2003. The United States was getting involved in many conflicts that were simply part of thousands of years of Persian tribal history. A friend of my enemy is my enemy. The USA made enemies.
Until 9/11 no-one took the war to mainland USA. But 9/11 made the Americans realise that decades of poking their M16’s into other peoples’ AK47’s had turned the glare of the Arabs towards them. So what to do about it? They just continually upped the ante in the enemies’ homelands. Boots on the ground. The USA invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to eliminate the Taliban and Al-Qaeda organisers of the 9/11 attack and then in 2003 they invaded Iraq again in search of weapons of mass destruction. The most powerful nation on the planet, using the most advanced military technology imaginable, descending on Middle eastern tribes; and all recorded live on CNN. But if the Iraq and Afghan wars were meant to restore their military pride after Vietnam, they failed miserably. They did kill Bin laden and Saddam Hussein, but did not destroy the tribal conflicts. And there was something a little unsettling about seeing Barrack Obama and his advisors watching the assassination of Bin laden live on TV, as though it was a sports match. These Persians are people with an ethic the westerners do not comprehend. It is said if you go into battle with a Persian at your back, at least you know you will not die alone. There are a lot of people around the globe, from Vietnam onwards, who believe this is not the USA ethic in warfare. When the going gets tough, the USA military cuts their losses and leaves their ‘friends’ to die.
I do not really think this is a religious war of Muslim against Christian. Those are just the uniforms adopted; the belief in afterlife that is necessary to persuade soldiers to face their deaths. This seems to me to be about people who seek revenge when they are hurt. That is what has caused the tribal conflicts in the middle east in the first place tens thousand years. But with the USA and other western nations getting involved for their own commercial reasons, those regional tribal conflicts are now global.
As an unknown Afghan Taliban prisoner is reported as saying, ‘you have the watches, we have the time.’ And it looks like the USA’s time as the #1 global superpower is nearly over. The tough talking Donald Trump is saying: “Close the gates, build the walls.”
And so, if Trump closes the gates and builds the walls another global empire ambition will collapse as finally FORT USA becomes a reality TV show and we watch the season’s finale: The Hutts being driven out by the primitive, but valiant, Earthling cave-dwellers. Then USA will just sit at the United Nations table alongside Spain, Portugal, England and Germany, other nations that once aspired to rule the world. But that may suit Donald Trump personally. He is first and foremost a businessman who is not, as far as I know, dependant on the military arms industry for his business. He invests in bricks and mortar not hi-tech. He possibly thinks that the tax money that goes into military activity could be far better invested in areas that are closer to his wallet. Who knows?
But while Donald Trumpets on about shutting out the Muslims, Persia’s most politically stable nation, Iran, having already agreed major security arrangement with Russia, is signing a major trade deal with China. A friend of my friend is my friend.