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  •  The "we can't allow" talk is parental ownership (13+ / 0-)

    talk that never gets challenged. It is assumed that we are in a position to allow or not allow other states, and other peoples to do, or not do something. I like Chomsky pointing out that the underlying assumption is that we own the world, but I think it goes even deeper into the crazy idea that we are the parent of the world.

    I have been amazed for a long time that no one in the political class, or the media, lets it pass when an administration spokesman, or politician of any type starts their comment with "we can't allow", it is the height of arrogance, and it is as obvious as the words coming out of their mouths, tone of voice, and body language. If another adult talked that way to my face about me, I would say "who do you think you are, I am not your compliant, or rebellious child, your relationship to me is that of adult to adult. You saying you are my parent doesn't make me your child"

    Love = of existing and potential mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries. Politics and economics should amplify Love

    by Bob Guyer on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 07:34:39 AM PST

    •  "we can't allow", it is the height of arrogance (6+ / 0-)

      thanks, I thought I was the only one.

      When a coward sees a man he thinks he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight. -Chinhua Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

      by BughouseWW on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 08:32:56 AM PST

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      •  It certainly is arrogant (0+ / 0-)

        This mentality comes in and out of favor. Before WWII Americans were very resistant to getting involved in foreign disputes. After WWII thier was a lot of discussion about whether we should have intervened sooner. In Veitnam we went in even though that nation was not a threat to us. Now we are in Iraq, which wasn't a threat, but our president lied to us to get us in. We didn't go into Rwanda and we haven't gone into Darfur. Too often our foreign policy has a double standard. Going to war with Iran is a horrible idea. However Iran does have the ability to reduce tensions. The US is powerful, but Iran is not as weak as East Timor, or El Salvador. If the Iranian president is half as good a leader as you think he is, he ought not have too much difficulty swinging international opinion toward Iran.

        . There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS. Mahatma Gandhi

        by Sacramento Dem on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 01:56:30 PM PST

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        •  Not a Unitary Executive (0+ / 0-)

          If the Iranian president is half as good a leader as you think he is, he ought not have too much difficulty swinging international opinion toward Iran.

          Ahmadinejad has very little power.   Just a big mouth.

          Barbara Slavin described the Iranian govt structure in a most picturesque manner:  a square dance with the Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei) in the middle calling the steps:  You may move forward; You, step back.... Ahmadinejad is just one of the dancers; I haven't yet  studied enough to know with whom he is allied or how secure he is in his position.  I judge from his reckless rhetoric that he's pretty isolated and needs to whip up his base to maintain visibility.

          When a coward sees a man he thinks he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight. -Chinhua Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

          by BughouseWW on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 06:04:56 PM PST

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    •  it's even worse than that (5+ / 0-)

      not only will our elite political and media class never question it. but they also will marginalize anyone - like chomsky - who does.

      Newsday: Rudy Giuliani missing in action for Iraq panel

      by jethropalerobber on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 09:11:10 AM PST

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