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Be Not Thus Deceived

5/12/2006 6:40:00 AM

by David Arthur Walters


OPINION: Where the Pope and the Iranian President Agree



Military historians must have agreed with Mahmood Ahmadi-Nejad's remark, in his historic letter to President Bush, about a nation's need to advance technologically in order to prosper and progress. A country today must at least keep up with the world in certain respects lest it be exploited and depleted, yet the U.S. superpower and its technologically advanced allies, without concrete proof as of yet, insist as usual that Iran's research and development of nuclear technology is for the purpose of obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and feel they have a God-given right to turn Iran into another Iraq to keep the world safe for their brand of democracy whether the world likes it or not.

 

To imply that the current U.S. president and his cohort are the pack of liars and murderers and thieving ringleaders which they seem to be, or to say the same about Mahmood and his clique, who, as silly as it might seem to other People of the Book, actually try to live according to scriptural standards instead of making a profitable profession of hypocrisy, is beside the point the Iranian president alluded to, which would be a point better made if more succinctly stated, as the fact that almost all the amazing technological benefits we enjoy are actually the byproduct of military technology developed in the context of violent conflict - the more massive the conflict has been, the broader have been the peaceful applications.

 

So what right does the United States (the only country that actually used nuclear bombs to kill and maim hundreds of thousands of people and to destroy their cities, even contrary to the advice of some respected generals) and its allies have to gang up on another country to prevent it from developing its nuclear technology? Of course the United States has good reason to be paranoid given its insight into its own human nature, which at bottom differs little from that found elsewhere.

 

The armed gang on one corner of the world hears that another gang might have gotten his hands on a gun, so “let's kill him instead of deal with him” is the solution proffered and lauded by lowbrows. Of course the danger of nuclear technology in its effects is much greater than an assault rifle or a howitzer. Yes, high technology may be misused – high technology has lowered the morality of modern society - but that is precisely the issue raised by the Iranian President, and the Pope and every other reasonable person, for that matter, that power should be ethically used, not abused. Of course the U.S. administration can get away with dismissing any truth spoken by the inherently evil Muslim leader of its Axis of Evil, but it had better praise the Pope’s missives.

 

We should not single Washington out as being the worst Imperialist capital in history, given the history of Rome, Paris, Berlin, and London, but the United States does have a long history of abuse, is the present superpower, and is accordingly hated by a large part of the world for its all-too-human unethical, immoral, and irreligious conduct,  supported by the underlying  fascistic, realpolitik attitude, explicitly expressed by  Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Treithschke among others, that might makes right, and that our group's philistine lifestyle, justified by hate-based-self-love, must continue at all costs, and that all the religious and philosophical talk about ethics and morality is irrelevant. Ladies and gentlemen, please be not thus deceived.

 

 

 

 
 

 



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