In 1919 as the Ottoman Empire was dissolving and France and Britain were licking their imperialist chops over the Mandates they were about to govern,Woodrow Wilson the idealist president, the son of a Presbyterian minister created the Crane-King Commission to actually ask the Arabic peoples of the region what they thought. The president believed in the idea of self-determination.What did the natives think?
Two things, They were terrified of Zionism,the gradual takeover of Palestine and secondly, they all wanted the US to become their protector in that part of the world. Such was the reputation of Wilson’s America at that time. There was this Presbyterian sense of fairness and justice. Forget the fact that the Commission’s prophetic report was never acted on and train your eyes on the latest scandal of torture and lies which are degrading both the CIA and the clownish Bush who presided over the empire’s latest fall from grace.
This should not be news to the wide awake, those who read and pay attention.
By the time of the 30s the USA was well on its way to becoming an empire and when the supposedly idealist president FDR was asked about the US’s support of the dictadura(the harsh dictator) Somoza in Nicaragua, he replied,”He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” And so it has gone. There is no such thing as a benevolent empire.
So a year (1967) to the day that he was murdered Martin Luther King Jr. called out his own country “as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world”, People were shocked. King was dead on.The Vietnam war was in full flight, a catastrophe which saw a minimum of 1 million Vietnamese civilians killed…and this was followed by Chile ,El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia etc.
Nobody should be shocked at these revelations.
The United States along time ago ceased to be the”shining city on a hill” as Winthrtop called it in the 17th century.
Where’s Woodrow Wilson when you need him?