azimuth - 5/1/2005 12:30 PM
What you have described is a voluntary mutually beneficial arraingement with an equitable transfer of value. How does that fit the definition of imperialism?
The issue of freedom goes to intent. If, like Joe, you believe there is a surreptitious conspriacy of a few to use the power of the US military to acquire oil from Iraq, then it is imperialism of a few cloaked to appear as the US. If you believe the intent was to secure freedom and security for the innocent, then the issue is freedom and whatever free capitolist markets develope as a result are the natural consequences of free individuals involved in free exchange.
either way, it's not imperialism by the US.
Hello. It doesn't take flying a flag over property to be in charge of soil outside the borders of one's country.
All we have to do is make sure that people unprepared for it have a capitalist economy imposed on them, and that our corporations are ready and primed to jump in head first. These nations have zero chance to actually achieve the 'freedom' we're promising, as all of the money from their resources comes to the US. (Hmm, sounds like colonial revenues going to 'ol king george).
Freedom requires economic self determination, which we are NOT even remotely promoting. Any cursory examination of the 15 or 20 countries we've 'liberated' over the past 60 years shows this is obvious. And, look at the failures as well. The US was all for Castro until he siezed the US owned plantations and UFC holdings over there. Then the CIA got involved in trying to undermine him.
Are you blind to the Iraqi reality? Kurds want their own state. We are saying no... Hell, several groups with historical nations wish to split the place into bits... and their 'freedom' dictates that they'd better listen to us. Who is doing the work of reconstruction over there? Iraqis? um, no. Triple hazard pay employees of haliburton subsidiaries.
This economic and social interference is exactly what motivated Che Guevara. It's also now what motivates bin Laden and his cohorts. Ignorance of this does not make it false.