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September 5, 2013

U.S. only concerned with empire

Observation of the actions of this country in the last decades reveals that we are caught in blind, evolutionary drive to claim and control as much territory and resources as possible. Though we are advanced industrially and technologically, we are acting on the same evolutionary wiring that drove nations through history to build and maintain empire. I name a few: the Greeks, the Persians, the Romans, the Spanish, the Ottomans, the British, the Nazis, and now the U.S. 

We bask in self-congratulation at being considered the most dominant nation — though the truth is that we are the most envied and hated nation on Earth. And, too, since we fear loss of our power, we steadfastly undermine the U.N.

We assume we are entitled to be the sole nation fit to control the world, though our actions are not objective nor concerned about interests that do not affirm our empire. Our policies and actions in the Near East are not to promote democracy, as we self-righteously claim. In fact, we undermine any democracy that does not affirm our power and resource needs. Meanwhile, at home, there is deterioration of infrastructure and of programs to enhance education, health, jobs and sustainable energy. Instead, our No. 1 one focus is on war funds for enforcement of empire.

The world is watching what we will do in Syria. Are we proud of that? Many of us are not. Why is there not an international government that we support with a universal mandate to decide when to intervene within a country? My answer is that the U.S. in its dominance refuses to relinquish any of its empirical power. People here and elsewhere bear the terrible consequences.

Sam Wilcox

Cooperstown

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