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The anti-refugee hysteria on the part of many of my closest friends in government is distressing.  It gives way to the worst impulses- fueling the likes of Donald Trump.   None want the US to accept any responsibility for why they are at our doorstep : Obama’s willful abandonment of the Syrian people when timely support would have had great effect.  (not to mention America’s support of two generations of genocidal sociopaths named Assad)  We now hear that we ‘don’t have a dog in this fight’.  Hell, we armed both dogs to the teeth!   When senior Assad wiped out 30,000 of his own people, we didn’t flinch.  Junior learned well.  So now we reap the whirlwind.    Like Bush 41 did to the Shia of Iraq, like Clinton did to the Tutsi’s in Rwanda and Bush 43 did to the moderate Sunni’s in Iraq, American presidents can facilitate mass slaughter by their failures to act.  Obama now has his own slaughtered thousands that will forever stain his legacy.   America will pay a price for decades to come.

American hands are as bloody as any in a century where we changed foreign governments at will (I say ‘we’ in the editorial sense in that we all own what is done in our name around the world).  The CIA was responsible for countless coups and assassinations that doomed millions to slavery, torture, exile, oppression and despair.   Pick the decade and pick the president and there is failure to respect the God-given rights of local populations that led us to where we are today.    Mossadegh in Iran, Arbenz in Guatemala, Lumumba in the Congo, Trujillo in the Dominican Republic (the most justified), Diem in Vietnam, Goulart in Brazil, and Allende in Chile are the admitted ones.  The current king of Jordan’s own grandfather was deposed in 1952 in favor of his father with CIA help.   Clearly, it was the fashion at the time, and judging decades old decisions is tricky, but we can’t say “not our business” without some price to be paid.    The hatred of the US by Muslims is a relatively new phenomenon birthed in the Carter administration.   Before then such extreme views were snuffed out by local rulers but has not only been allowed to spread but the Saudis have indeed fueled the fire that rages today.

 

 

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