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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 03:07 PM
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Glenn Greenwald: Tribalistic self-absorption

Glenn Greenwald
Friday June 12, 2009 09:13 EDT
Tribalistic self-absorption

(updated below - Update II)

The most predominant mentality in right-wing discourse finds expression in this form: "I am part of/was born into Group X, and Group X -- my group -- is better than all others yet treated so very unfairly." This claim persists -- indeed, is often intensified -- even when Group X is clearly the strongest, most privileged and most favored group. So intense is their need for self-victimization -- so inebriating is their self-absorption and so lacking are they in any capacity for empathy -- that, for all the noise and rhetoric, the arguments they make virtually always have this tribalistic self-absorption at its core.

Last week, Charles Krauthammer accused President Obama of treating every country in the world so well -- except for one, the one for which Krauthammer bears great love and affection and with which he was taught from childhood to identify:

"President Obama repeatedly insists that American foreign policy be conducted with modesty and humility. Above all, there will be no more "dictating" to other countries. . . . An admirable sentiment. It applies to everyone -- Iran, Russia, Cuba, Syria, even Venezuela. Except Israel. Israel is ordered to freeze all settlement activity."

The U.S. transfers tens of billions of dollars to Israel -- more than any other country in the world. We demand that no country in the Middle East have nuclear weapons -- except Israel. We fuel Israel's wars with weapons transfers, ensure it is the most militarily powerful country in its region, and loyally protect it from U.N. sanctions using our veto power. It's virtually impossible to imagine one country that is more favorably treated by another than the various forms of largesse Israel receives from the U.S. But no matter. In Krauthammer's eyes, the opposite is true: the U.S. treats every country fairly except Israel. That's the country that, to him, is singled out for unfavorable treatment by the U.S. Israel is the victim of unfair treatment at the hands of Obama.

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http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/06/12/self_...
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 05:07 PM
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1. how dare we stop "dictating" to the rest of the world!
we already crashed everyine's economies and killed ...what?...a million innocent people...?

We have a right to control everybody!!1!! Jesus said so.
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