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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 09:36 PM
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22. Would you feel the same way about food or medicine?
If the U.S. couldn't feed itself or provide enough medicine for its people, would you like for us to be completely at the mercy of foreign governments for food or drugs? Not all foreign governments have good intentions and until we live in a world without borders or nations, we have to face the fact that oil, food, or other basic necessities of life can be used as a weapon against us or against any other nation that depends on them.

The U.S. has engaged in embargoes against a host of nations in order to coerce them into a type of behavior, including Cuba, Nigeria, Iran, Sudan, Myanmar, North Korea, Zimbabwe and several others. I'm sure the people in those countries who suffered through trade embargoes appreciated the opportunity to seek goods elsewhere and wished they could produce the goods domestically. Anyone who lived through the oil embargo of the 1970s knows that it can be difficult on the common people.

The fact is, this is not always a very friendly world and it just makes sense to me to be prepared. I don't think this is an issue of racism or jingoism. At least, it isn't a factor in my own opinion on the matter. And isn't the United States made up of virtually all the races on Earth? How can it be racism to hope that our own multi-racial and multi-cultural population have continuing assured access to certain goods?
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