The Belligerent America

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This America sef: the self-appointed policeman of the world, always at war. The United States of America is always restive, bullish, aggressive, impatient and undiplomatic. She likes to intimidate some small countries of the world, and to subjugate them.

The United States of America is a product of war, she lives in war, and she is sustained by war. The history of the United States is replete with wars: wars at home, and wars abroad. Every free American citizen is entitled to carry a gun, and therefore, is licensed to kill. That’s why even a five-year old kid can pull a gun!

The United States of America evolved as a nation from her war of independence against Great Britain, from 1775 to 1783, as well as through the monumental American civil war, which began in 1861 and ended in 1865.

The United States of America fought in the Second War (1939 to 1945) to establish herself as a superpower. Since then, she has been throwing her weight around, fighting wars across the globe, and taking the countries of the Third World as her footstool.

Because the United States of America believes that she has the power, she also believes herself to be always right, and as such, imposes herself on some small countries of the world, to intimidate them, to bully them, to exploit them, and to milk their resources dry.

In every troubled spot across the globe, there must be the ubiquitous presence of the United States of America, trying to imposr herself on the people, and try to weep more than the bereaved.

When some progressive elements in these countries begin to rise, to resist this domineering influence, the unbearable authority of the United States of America and her allies, they will brand them enemies of democracy. They will hunt these people, to pull them down, to kill them. They will levy war on their countries, claim to be fighting terrorism, while the United States of America herself is terrorism personified.

America had levied war on Korea. She had fought Lebanon, fought Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, etc. She always fights these small countries, but will shy away, or will avoid any direct confrontation with the defunct Soviet Union, now Russia, another superpower.

The United States of America is involved in regime change in many countries of the world. During the so-called Cold War era, the US and her allies had been sponsoring coups and counter coups and destabilizing many countries in Africa and the Third World, and in the process, had hoisted unpopular regimes on the people.

It was the United States of America that killed Patrice Lumumba during the Congo crisis, and brought in Mobutu Sese Seko. They also killed Muommer Ghadafi of Libya. Through her Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the US saw to the overthrow of many countries, including Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, and Modibo Keita of Mali, to destabilize the proposed Ghana-Guinea-Mali-Egypt alliance that was to be the vanguard of African revolution.

The United States of America fishes in every troubled waters. She had caused problems in Cuba, in Chile, in Nicaragua, in Philippines, etc. In the 1980s, they were at war with Iran, during the reign of Ayotala Khomeni. They fought Iraq during the Gulf War, and later succeeded in killing Saddam Hussein. It was the United States that killed Osama bin Ladin following the 9/11 onslaught on Washington DC and the World Trade Centre in New York.

Due to the intrusion or the meddling of the United States of America in the internal affairs of some Third World countries, some progressive elements in these countries will begin to band themselves together to challenge, or to resist the rape and exploitation of their countries by the United States.

In course of time, these resistant groups will become radicalised. They will no longer make boundaries. They begin to see everybody as their enemy, as collaborators, and begin to launch attacks on the system. Correspondingly, those who were opposed to them will equally see them as enemies, enemies of the state. They will call them “terrorists”, and together with the United States of America, begin to hunt them, to deal with them.

The United States of America has again returned to Iran. They have killed their top military Commander, General Qaseem Soleimani. Iran is furious. She finds it difficult to bear the loss. She begins to spoil for retaliatory action. Already, she had hit an American base in Iraq, and placed a whopping $80 million bounty on the head of US President, Donald Trump.

We begin to hear the drums of war on both sides. There is tension. There is apprehension. There is the fear that any escalation might lead to some unpleasant consequences, the World War III, which will do nobody any good.

For us on the sidelines, we appeal for restraint. We appeal for calm. We call for maturity on both sides in handling the crisis. Let there be peace. Let there be no war because war will never do anybody any good. War is disruptive. War is destructive. War is catastrophic. War brings out the bestiality in man, the inhumanity in man, the worst in man.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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