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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-07 07:04 AM
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3. The role of racism
Kinzer further speculates on the reasons why Americans are so willing to tolerate our imperialistic adventures:

A second fact that jumps from the history of this era is the absolute lack of interest the US showed in the opinions of those whose lands it seized. American leaders knew full well that most Hawaiians opposed the annexation of their country but proceeded anyway. No representative of Cuba, the Philippines, or Puerto Rico was present at the negotiations in Paris that ended the Spanish American War and sealed their countries' fates. In Nicaragua and Honduras the Liberal reform project was far more popular than the oligarchic regimes the US imposed. The idea that the victorious powers should listen to public opinion in these countries would have struck most Americans as absurd. They believed Latin Americans and Asians to be as they were portrayed in editorial cartoons: ragged children, usually nonwhite, who had no more idea of what was good for them than a block of stone

Little has changed. How often do we hear our corporate news media even discuss how the Iraqis feel about "our" war? We criticize them incessantly for "not doing their part". Gee, I wonder why they don't do their part. The good majority of them want us to leave, and a majority of Iraqis even support violent attacks on US troops, according to opinion polls, as in the OP.
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