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Blame America ^ | October 14, 2004 | Larry Elder

Posted on 10/14/2004 4:11:26 PM PDT by notkerry

Summary: Pass this article along to one of those "blame America" public school teachers.

The War on Terror involves more than military or intelligence, it involves winning the ideological struggle. Not there, but here.

I once wrote about the way an elementary school teacher in Afghanistan discusses political science and history. The teacher holds up a wealth pie chart, showing that America controls this huge slice of the pie, leaving a tiny sliver for the Afghans. The teacher's point? Afghans suffer poverty because of America's disproportionate wealth.

Recently, an American public school teacher at Fratney Street School in Milwaukee wanted to show his kids how to understand the mind of a terrorist. The teacher says he doesn't "blame America," but he wanted to demonstrate to his students that overpopulation and poverty conspire to make easy recruits. He asked his fifth-grade students to stand, and he arranged them by population, on top of a huge floor world map. He then handed out cookies according to the countries' gross national product. Students in Asia, for example, received one cookie to share among 16. Three in Africa split a half cookie among them. But in North America, one kid received eight cookies.

Let's call this the Exploitation Theory: America enriches herself at the expense of other countries. America takes; others receive less. But for America's dominant, evil culture, and her extraction of wealth from others, the rest of the world could live in prosperity and happiness. America's wealth causes poverty in other countries. We win. They lose.

But the United Nations' Arab Human Development Report, written by Arab political scientists and scholars, came to a different conclusion. The scholars wrote about the comparative backward nature of 22 Arab states, covering nearly 300 million people. The Arab countries scored the lowest of all world regions as to freedom, the political process, civil liberties, political rights and media independence. The report found 65 million illiterate adults. Half of Arab women still cannot read or write. Ten million children between 6 and 15 years of age are out of school. The report describes a "severe shortage" of new writing. In the last 1,000 years, the Arabs have translated as many books as Spain translates in just one year. Only 1.2 percent of the population uses a computer, and only half of those access the Internet.

Spain, a country of 41 million people, boasts a greater Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than the GDP of all of the 22 Arab countries combined! Despite the presence of oil in many Arab countries, the region remains under-developed. The per capita income growth in the last 20 years stands at a level just above that of sub-Saharan Africa. One in five Arabs lives on less than $2 a day, and some estimate unemployment at 15 percent. Productivity declines, with research and development weak or nonexistent, and science and technology practically dormant. Intellectuals flee this repressive political and social climate that stifles "creativity."

In the Arab world, many call America "The Great Satan." Question: did not America, from 1945 to 1949, solely own the atomic bomb, then the greatest force of destruction in human history? What did America do with her power? Bomb her enemies? Steal the treasury of other countries? Forcibly annex territory?

Twenty years ago, a Canadian radio commentator talked about America's essential goodness and contributions to the world:

"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.

"Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

"When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.

"When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes.

"Nobody helped.

"The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. . . .

"I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? . . .

"Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. . . .

"Stand proud, America!"

Pass this article along to one of those "blame America" public school teachers.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: larryelder

1 posted on 10/14/2004 4:11:26 PM PDT by notkerry
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To: notkerry

Good article!

2 posted on 10/14/2004 4:24:02 PM PDT by Arpege92 (We're here! We're Conservative! And we're in your face! - theDentist)
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To: notkerry

Hey there. No one is saying we should doubt America - heck, I love my country (most of it) - but living over-seas has given me a bit of a reality check. I mean, the Brits don't even have ice-boxes big enough for a family, or aircon, or hummers (he he) but seriously, the difference is extraordinary - Britland is right up there with us, but do they have what we do? Well, no, and I've got to wondering why. Any answers?

3 posted on 10/14/2004 4:25:45 PM PDT by DoubtingEagle
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To: DoubtingEagle

Kay, late over here now so time to turn in. But will check this out again tomorrow - like the site. Get a bit tired of the liberal mafia over here.

4 posted on 10/14/2004 4:37:52 PM PDT by DoubtingEagle
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To: DoubtingEagle
you know why the British drink warm beer???

because they have LUCAS refrigerators

Lucas... Prince of Darkness

5 posted on 10/14/2004 4:45:23 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: DoubtingEagle

Socialism and stagnation.

6 posted on 10/14/2004 5:08:04 PM PDT by Politicalmom ( Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but they're not entitled to their own facts -D. Rumsfeld)
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To: notkerry
"Spain, a country of 41 million people, boasts a greater Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than the GDP of all of the 22 Arab countries combined! "

And they are not about to take over the world with car bombs and box cutters.

7 posted on 10/14/2004 5:13:42 PM PDT by ex-snook (Vote for someone who represents your views or your views will be ignored.)
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To: notkerry; Happy2BMe; glock rocks

Blame America???

Remember when Puerto Rico was raising hell about the US Navy using that nothing little island just off the coast of Puerto Rico for bombing practices, which they had used for the past 75 years? Demonstrations were held, Hollywood left wingers, Al Sharpton, and his fellow demagogues went down there to demonstrate to get the Navy out? I am sure it infuriated you just as it did me at the time. Well, here is our revenge.

Always be careful what you ask for, you just may get it!

One of the many headaches that the U. S. has had was the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques. In the waning years of the Clinton Administration, Protesters demanded that the US Navy abandon bombing and naval gun fire exercises that had taken place on the largely uninhabited island for nearly seventy years. Liberal icons bumped into one another to fly to Puerto Rico, boat over to the island, trespass (but never on a day that there was an exercise scheduled) and get arrested for the benefit of the New York Times or Newsweek. They included the

Reverend Al Sharpton,

Mrs. Jesse Jackson,

Joan Baez,

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,

Edward Olmos,

Michael Moore and

Ramsey Clark, just to name a few.

In 2002, the bombing exercises were transferred to an Air Force bombing range in central Florida, not far from the Jacksonville and Pensacola Naval Air Stations. In January, many of the protesters were back in Puerto Rico, celebrating the final bombing exercise on Vieques and waved Puerto Rican flags and placards that read

"U.S. Navy, get out of Puerto Rico."

The following Feb, Rumsfeld announced that the U.S. Navy will close the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico in 2004, eliminating
1200 civilian jobs as well as 700 military positions. This naval facility is estimated to have put nearly $300 million annually into the local economy.

The next day a stunned Governor Sila Calderon, held a news conference in San Juan, protesting the base closure as a serious blow to the Commonwealth's fragile economy. The governor stated that

"The people of Puerto Rico don't now or never did have an interest in closing the Vieques bombing range or the Roosevelt Roads naval base. We are interested in both staying in Puerto Rico."

When asked, the Commander-in Chief, Western Atlantic Command, said,

"Without Vieques, I see no further need for the facility at Roosevelt Roads. None."

So, Yanqui go home? Fine. But we'll take our dollars with us. Hasta la vista, baby!

On February 21, the Secretary of Defense also announced that starting this year, the U.S. European Command would begin moving most if not all of its active combat and support units from bases in Germany to others being established in Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey to "better position them for rapid deployment to likely hot spots in those parts of the world."

Immediately the business and government leaders in the German states of Hesse, Rhineland and Wurttemburg, protested the loss of nearly $6 billion in revenue each year from the bases and manpower to be displaced. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry speculated that the move may be "what the Americans call 'payback' for the actions of this government in opposing Military action in Iraq.

" Does anyone know the German translation for

"Hasta la vista, baby?"

Some folks in Washington do have a good memory, so tread lightly!


8 posted on 10/14/2004 5:52:37 PM PDT by B4Ranch (´´Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are our teeth for Liberty)
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To: B4Ranch; MeekOneGOP; TexasCowboy

Damn straight, B4.


9 posted on 10/14/2004 6:01:08 PM PDT by glock rocks (posted from the very heart of Reagan country)
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To: glock rocks; B4Ranch; Happy2BMe
Amen !! Thanks, B4! :^D

10 posted on 10/14/2004 7:26:19 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: notkerry

I wonder if this teacher ever heard of Thomas Malthus, the 19th Century economist who saw the world's wealth as a limited pie? This paradigm was long ago discredited, fit for a display next to Marxist-Leninism in the Museum of Obsolescent Ideologies.

This teacher could qualify as the curator there.

11 posted on 10/14/2004 7:30:40 PM PDT by eagle11 (Farenheit 911, the temperature that FAT burns.....)
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To: notkerry

Some smart kid should have asked "but teacher, where were the cookies baked?"

12 posted on 10/14/2004 7:35:47 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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