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Thursday, August 26, 2004 | Are Americans Really Stupid?
If you are an American, events that are unfolding now in Iraq, in Iran, and points beyond will affect your lives more dramatically than even the most juicy domestic political shenanigans.
Internationally, Americans are on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, the brunt of a lot of jokes, about their famous lack of interest in what they consider "foreign affairs."
This is understandable. The US is a large country with an insular, jingoistic culture, and a good portion of the population, even the underclass, still enjoy access to potable water, food and shelter. Nearly three fourths of the population have access to medical treatment, and well over forty percent are able to read a newspaper and understand what they have read.
Much of the top income quadrant believes and participates to some degree in the political process, and boasts discretionary resources after meeting basic needs.
It is no wonder then, among such wealth and prosperity, especially when held against a global standard, that it is inconceivable to most Americans that their lives could radically change, and even more unthinkable that such change could result from things that happen in shadowy, faraway lands, populated by strange "as seen on TV" people who wear funny costumes and do not speak English.
Americans, as a rule, have a short attention span for Washington's various invasions. Beyond an initial spurt of cheering on the troops, most quickly return to the antics of American politicians, a subject that interests them far more than geopolitical realities, not to mention the course of their own lives, being redrawn half a world away.
While Americans are more sophisticated in many areas than their counterparts almost anywhere else, they are nevertheless human beings, and as such are easily deceived and most responsive to messages that confirm the opinions, attitudes and beliefs that they already have, or want to have.
The same collective neural action that sends thousands of Americans into the night to chant USA! The World Has Changed! Evildoers Who Hate Freedom! after watching two tall buildings implode following an attack no reasonable person would ascribe to a gang of quasi-Caliphatists huddled in a cave in Uruzgan is the same phenomenon that sends thousands of their brothers across the seas out into the night to wave posters and shout pledges of loyalty to a 27-year CIA asset, and, seeing farmers and shoemakers and coffee-vendors take up arms to defend their homes and families, whisper to one another that the Dajaal is upon us.
(At this point, those with a need to do so may wish to google "Dajaal, Imam Mahdi, Twelfth Imam, Isa")
Another important area in which Americans have been unable to overcome their human-ness is the natural desire of all specimens of that particular species to believe the best of their nation, its leaders, their tribe, their family.
Just as the mother of the defendant at a murder trial will take the stand weeping, to proclaim that he is really a good, sweet boy, kind to animals and old people, that shooting this particular convenience store clerk in front of ten witnesses and a video camera was just one mistake, completely out of character, a fluke in an otherwise blameless life, most people, wherever they are from, will do their best to defend their country's actions, no matter how despicable, and will seize on the most preposterous arguments with which to do so. If all else fails, they can always fall back on the fact that some other country, sometime, did something worse.
There is also a natural human inclination to play Cleopatra, and float lazily down that big ol' river in Egypt. Denial, procrastination and magical thinking are employed by everyone from teenagers to nuclear physicists, regarding everything from the necessity of a visit to the dental hygienist to the inevitable consequences of disastrous foreign policies.
Eventually, though, there comes a time when the red toothbrush cannot be ignored, when the tearful mother must admit, to herself and the court, that yes, there were a few other clerks, which she buried in the backyard, to protect her son, as any good mother would do, since they were all just mistakes, just isolated incidents, and there comes a time when Americans must lay aside, however reluctantly, the delicious scandals of the telegenic millionaires, and decide just how much attachment they really have to that great swath of tribal lands their ancestors variously invaded, were brought to in chains, or came to visit and just decided to stay, and whether or not they want to keep it.
America, the bright drops are falling from your toothbrush faster than you can wash them down the sink.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill