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Reader feedback: Look at the people, not the countries

Re: Dzurinda: Relationship with US is crucial, April 7-13, Vol 9, no 13, News shorts

The problem is not America nor the solution Europe, nor the other way around. The US government has committed atrocity after atrocity, certainly leading to the deaths and oppression of more innocent people than other government has caused since World War II (this is, for better or for worse, an easily established fact). But the governments of Europe certainly would have done the same if they'd had the power to do it. And in either case, it wouldn't have been the people doing the oppressing, but their leaders, who oppress them as well as their brothers and sisters in the poor countries of the earth.

And if, from time to time, the genuinely humanitarian beliefs of the people of the US, or of Canada or of France, spoke loudly enough to get their governments, for a few fleeting moments, to do something fair and just, which would not hurt their own interests too much until public attention faded and the oppression could come back, then we should give credit where it is due - to the people, and not to "America" or "Europe."

As I see it, we could do a great service to world democracy if we started talking not so much about America and Europe but about imperialism and capitalism, as such. And support the right of every country to govern itself, unconditionally, without "democracy" remaining dependent on foreign guns and "aid."

Why should any American, North, Central, Caribbean, or South, be insulted and defensive when people accuse our governments of injustice? After all, they have never really been OUR governments.

Joe

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