An open letter to America from abroad
The most famous words spoken by Émile Zola hold today true as much when first written on 13 January 1898. I accuse…..!
I accuse the U.S. political elite on both sides of the aisle creating a global environment of terror, insecurity and instability.
I accuse the U.S. political elite created conditions for regime change, but fail to comprehend the implications of this strategy.
You are responsible for the rise of Islamic State. You are responsible for the civil war in Syria. Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan is your legacy. You are responsible for the hundred thousand’s of deaths of innocents in Syria.
The United States has failed to show global leadership. You have shown your incompetency in global affairs. This is your legacy.
I accuse the U.S. to have lost the moral high ground both, at home and abroad. Many of us have lost faith in your claims of moral superiority. We have lost faith in your economy, and your political leadership. The U.S. education system is mediocre compared to the rest of the world. Your society is decadent, obese, ignorant and uneducated.
Confidence has continuously eroded. The Wall Street Journal highlight the steady decline in U.S. economic confidence and failed promise to your own citizens.
Technology delivered gadgets and software but didn’t produce the anticipated economic growth or jobs, especially for those without advanced education. Neither did the ‘green revolution’.
The Economic Policy Institute wrote, “What growth we did see in the economy was fueled by staggering increases in private-sector debt and a housing bubble that artificially inflated wealth by trillions of dollars.”
A recent Pew Research Center poll found 61% of Trump supporters and 91% of Sanders supporters see the economic system as tilted toward powerful interests. Both embrace a new nationalism that rejects global integration and the influence of what they describe as moneyed interests.
“I had presumed that irrational behavior on the whole was essentially random and produced nothing of value.” – Alan Greenspan
Many of us are concerned. Where is the next regime change? The next war. The next superimposed Roman-like American empirical power on the non-conformist vassals. Or, if they refuse, bomb them to smithereens. Delivering democracy by the bomb is not policy.
The rise of the Islamic State is a manifestation of a weak empire. To use an old phrase, “You either lead, or get out of the way”.
Right now, America, you are not leading but most of the time you are in the way. You been at war for 16 years. What have you won?
These are the lessons of the Obama presidency. These are the lessons for Donald Trump; these are the lessons for Hillary Clinton. Both candidates do not providing much confidence in the immediate future. Both are bad choices.
Joseph V. Micallef, a military historian said, “The White House’s poorly defined, often contradictory foreign policy has resulted in a marked decline of American influence and growing unease about the reliability of the United States as a partner, squarely to be blamed on Obama.”
Like as in 1898 as today, we are on the verge of a revolution. We are suffering of a crisis of faith. Not just a crisis of colliding religions, but an epitome of Robespierre’s period of madness. Our societies falling in love with terror.
Like Obama, Trump is a political novice.
His true test will come. Testing the intellectual capability to digest the massive amount of decisions a “president Trump” will have to make.
Visions of firing a poor wretched soul like in the bizarre TV-show the Apprentice, pitting one against another flashes across my forehead. Visions of horror follow that thought.
Clinton is an administrative infighter, a better choice. Unfortunately her shift to the political left away from the center is concerning.
Today, the Democratic Party is more hawkish than the Republicans and more progressive. But, Donald Trump has changed all of that. He is resetting the agenda. And he is a voice of America.
The America we all hate. Arrogant, shallow and lacking substance. And yes, words of a presidential candidate matter.
The Third American Revolution in the making?
Like in 1898 today, we are on the verge of a revolution.
We have lost faith in Your leaders. America, has lost faith in it’s own leaders. Clinton, dubbed an Obama 3rd term is rejected by many Americans.
America, is no exception victim of the politics of fear. Fear of the sword swinging jihadi, disasters of all sorts presented by the avalanche of “experts”. Most of these fears are not warranted. But, Islamic State is.
Islamic State are an evil, deeply disturbing trend of hate, violence against mankind. It is a cancer that swallows the future generation of youth.
Obama and Clinton allowed Islamic State to fester with inaction.
Leadership means sometimes boldness is needed, even demanded. In the Bin Laden raid firm, brilliant, concise leadership was on display. Since then Obama dropped the ball.
And just because you killed Bin Laden, you have not killed the idea of hate.
America, Obama has given Islamic State the oxygen to exist. That is the Democratic legacy of the Obama presidency.
An activist recently said, “The world is in the moment in an angry space”. This is a mild understatement when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. You fuelled the anger and blown oxyent to fan the hate.
America, today is a hypocritical dichotomy of U.S. power projection and reality. Your self-inflated claims of greatness are hollow. Your speeches lack sincerity, honesty and leadership.
Michael Moore, much hated by the American conservatives is a mirror of America. His stories are reflections of the decay of the American empire.
So is Edward Snowden, a self-promoted demagogue, but Snowden’s point is not missed. You are not able to protect the interests of your partners and allies. Why should anyone trust the United States?
Snowden and Moore are symptoms of an America suffering from a – hopefully, contemporary – political malaise.
So is your grotesque record domestic violence; the broken families; the excessive use of drugs; the broken highway’s and run down, bankrupt cities. Your poor construction standards which makes your cities after an Tornado look like Hiroshima. America is disconnected from your realities. Disconnected between projection of power versus American reality.
And is a shame as the principles of your founding fathers remain valid. Today, even more so than ever before.
So America, what can you offer?
So far, little. Your presidents, the candidates, and your decadent society offer little confidence. Neither does a police shooting of unarmed citizens live on social media. Neither does Black Lives matter. Your claim of inclusiveness is exclusive.
Bankers getting away with theft of billions without punishment does show that crime pays in America and reflection of the malaise. This hypocrisy can be also found in the Panama papers with oddly enough only foreigners are listed.
Nobody buys the claim no U.S. citizen parked their wealth off-shore. You apply justice when it suits you. America, this is not democracy, this is the precursor of dictatorship.
The reign of Obama is ending. Volumes of history books will be written about the historical period of the first black president. But the legacy of a failed U.S. foreign policy of the Obama presidency remains a stain on administrations to come. America, you have become a fair-weather friend.
The killing of Osama Bin Laden was just. The deterioration in Syria, the Arab Spring, the failures in Iraq is not. The deterioration in Afghanistan, your relations with Turkey, or Russia is not.
I need to ask, is a revolution in the making? Many feel it is.
America was born out of the blood of a Revolution. So was the French, and so is it the Islamic State desire to redefine its identity.
A Jihadist once said, “In Hollywood, Star Wars is about the fight of the Rebels against the empire. We are the rebels, and you are the empire. But, we will win”. The jihadist read history. Americans do not, at least a few do.
Americans read the size of Kim Kardashian’s posterior. The lack of political depth of Donald Trump is replaced with 140 characters. Even so, Donald Trump is a reflection of a culture of American ignorance.
“…ACT, the respected national organization that administers college-admissions tests, recently found that 76 percent of our high-school graduates “were not adequately prepared academically for first-year college courses.”….
“…The World Economic Forum ranks us 48th in math and science education. On international math tests, the United States is near the bottom of industrialized countries (the 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), and we’re in the middle in science and reading…” (The Altantic)
Watching the popular TV-shows like Conan O’Brien displays the stupidity of the American citizenry. The banal contributes to the empathy of political ignorance in world affairs.
“Half of Americans can’t even find Syria on a map,” is a reflection not just about not caring but not comprehending the significance of the Syrian civil war. The game went viral and UsVsTh3m found itself sitting on top of 65 guesses from inside the Pentagon….”,
“You’d expect folks in the U.S. Department of Defense to know the location of the place they’re probably about to bomb,” write the authors. But “only 57 percent of the answers we got from inside the DoD were right.”
Syria’s future is bleeding to death. Its children are gassed, bombed, and blown to pieces. An entire society is traumatized for decades to come. This will haunt America.
It is easy to blame the Assad regime for the atrocities in Syria. But America’s political leaders are to blame for the political failure to accept the intelligence. America, you are to blame for the lack for action and the lack of leadership. Children pay the price.
I accuse… the deliberate destruction of Syrian society. We watch daily the future of the Middle East is buried at the agony of their parents. Your inaction will haunt America in the future. People will not forget.
History is a cruel teacher
Long time ago, I watched the destruction of a city in Yugoslavia called Vukovar. I watched the madness of the civil war in Yugoslavia in the comfortable chair in an embassy as a junior diplomat. Many forgotten about Vukovar, Srebrenica, Mostar or Sarajewo. Many forgotten the atrocities. I have not.
I remember the pictures of a panic-stricken child fleeing in sheer terror from his murders. The child was killed. I turned the page of the paper and had a coffee. Today, I see the same horror in the eyes of children and their parents in Syria fleeing the horrors of the civil war. And, I no longer drink coffee.
Syria, is a place I know. I served as a 19-year young peacekeeper in Syria. I still smell the Souk in Aleppo and Damascus, with its taste of Turkish sweets and the rich tapestry of history. I still remember the chaotic traffic, the disorder of life.
But I remember a Syria in peace.
The peace was uneasy. Syria was plotting behind the scenes, meddling in affairs. But it was part of the great game of regional politics, but at peace.
Source: The Guardian
Today, I see the same horrors of Vukovar, the same horror in places I once knew. The result of a failed U.S. foreign policy in Syria flashing daily across the TV news channels. The markets are no more.
The smell of decay creeps through my veins. I am trying to avoid watching images of death and destruction in Syria.
In 1991, in the days before computers, cables arrived on my desk. Telling me about the daily atrocities, the massacres and the horrors in places, long forgotten.
I asked my fellow senior diplomat. ‘Why nothing is done to stop the killings and the slaughter in Yugoslavia’. He replied, “What can we do?”.
On that day, I decided to resign from the Foreign Service. I stopped reading the cables because it became too much to digest. The slaughter was too great. I stopped caring. This was a mistake. The fallacy of uselessness became obvious to me. It still lingers with me today.
But today we have a choice.
We have not only a choice, but a moral obligation to remind them of your duty as a leader. Past, current and future leaders. This is the true test for Donald Trump. To show decisive leadership.
I, like so many, want to belief in the greatness of American principles.
Yet, today, reflecting on decades of failed U.S. foreign policy the bill is not yet presented. The bill of the dispossessed, displaced and the survivors having to bury their innocent.
Anyone who has kids must be shocked, horrified about the destruction of innocent life. It fuels the anger, the rage of extremists. We witness the destruction of the future generation that could have made a change.
The death and killing of the young answers the question Fareed Zakaria in CNN asked: Why do they hate us?
If you look at the pictures you have your reason.
America, your legacy today is the reflection of spineless, self-serving interests. You have not produced anything other than more hate, more death, more despair. Yes, we can change, if we want. America, You did not.
The legacy of the Obama administration is staring us in our collective faces. Failed policy allowed the region to descend in chaos and destruction.
America, You are no builder; You are a destroyer of worlds. That is America’s legacy today.
Unfortunately, both candidates, the Democrat and the other demagogue, playing for the U.S. presidency. The two choices of candidates are between bad or worse.
I ask, is a regime change in the United States needed?
A regime change to seek common sense. A regime change for moderation. For values, and progress. Not hate, vitriol, greed, dogmatic ideology. And not, based on a naive world-view thru the lens of Pax Americana on Twitter.
Peace, sometimes must be fought for. Sometimes decisive force is needed to halt destruction and death. Otherwise, there is none, Pax (Peace) that is.