Murder scorecard: Is America ‘good’ or is it ‘evil’?

Fact is there is only a small handful of “sides” to take (i.e. choose to live under) within the current world order. And all of those dominant “sides” represented by powerful regimes like China, the US, the British Commonwealth, and (still) Russia, among others — encompassing commie systems, democracies, republics, monarchies, etc. — that dot the spectrum of freedom and transparency (one end of it being the authoritarian systems and the other the ultra-representative mob ruled regimes like the Philippines’) were all built upon blood spilt by both soldiers and civilians on the battlefield and the ruins of pillaged and bombed villages and cities respectively.

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So there really is no such thing as a purely good regime unstained by atrocity and brutality. Any world order is necessarily established after one side kills off enough of the opposing force to lend enough stability for a long enough period to consolidate its power and wealth. Then they become “good” when they come to dominate enough of the world’s information dissemination infrastructure to convince the majority of humanity’s minds that they are “good”.

So there really is no point in using state-sponsored “murder” statistics as bases for vindicating or indicting any one regime. All political and economic power was originally won by the sword whether this be American power, Chinese power, Syrian power, British power, Japanese power, or German power. The idea that one regime is “good” and another “evil” residing in our minds is just an outcome of successful state propaganda implemented by those who happen to be the victors of the moment in humanity’s on-going internal struggle to dominate the planet.

When Jack Nicholson’s character in that excellent film A Few Good Men bellowed “You can’t handle the truth!”, he was referring to this simple reality — that we all sleep well at night because our armed forces presumably do what it takes to keep the folk we respectively regard as barbarians outside of our respective countries’ gates. And that’s not necessarily bad nor necessarily good. It just is what it is.

My fellow writer Jose Mario de Vega took one clear side in his piece The Boston Bombing and US government’s history of mass murder. One can just as easily take a different side and present an argument all but identical to his. Just change the names and the events and it will be just as compelling — or just as outrageous. For every Boston Bomber living amongst us there will be an American covert operative or saboteur living and working for us deep within the societies of our “enemy” states. It’s all just a matter of which side of the fence you happen to live, love, pray, work, and play in.

Ultimately, there really is no need to be judgmental about these things. Every government would like to paint itself as the embodiment of humanity’s goodness — quite simply because all of them have to. There is just so much money spent on buying and doing stuff that is not relevant to the average citizen’s wellbeing that nevertheless needs to be rationalised by every state. The notional “good” to which that spending will supposedly end is the state rationale behind its existence.

The way North Korea’s Kim Jong Un does it may seem a bit goofy to us while the way US President Barack Obama does it comes across as sleek, hipsteresque, and “modern”. But underpinning all that is basic Persuasion 101. Bottomline is both approaches work just as the quaint Yellowist taglines murmured in between rosary beads by our own President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III work on the minds of his constituents.

And us, as ordinary citizens? Well, it’s really quite simple. We all just want to live, love, pray, work, and play on the “right” end of a cocked rifle (or an armed missile, as the cases tend to be today) in peace. That last sentence sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But it only does, if you spend too much time worrying about whether your people — and your government — are the good guys or the bad guys in today’s world order.

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SARP
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This article seems to encourage a “Let it be” attitude that contradicts the very nature of this website as a whole.

Glenn
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Political ideologies are used to commandeer nations. At one point the creators of the particular ideology may have valid, even altruistic motivations for the advancement the nation the creator(s) belong to. But, most times, these ‘ism’s are just used as a means to an end. and that is almost always the confication of the wealth of a particular nation. The ‘Bill Of Rights’ that is in the U.S. Constitution separates the U.S.A. from other countries by virtue of the fact that ‘the ‘BoR’ gives its citizens GUARANTEED rights, rights that other people who live in other countries WISH they had.… Read more »
Hector Gamboa
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I’m a Canadian who now lives in America (been living here for the past few years now). Canada is a good country and it gets praises from people around the world. But my experience in America has been so much better (in terms of opportunity and justice) than my almost 25 years of living in Canada. America has welcomed me and my talent more than Canada has. I love America and I can see why so many people still want to move to America because of its promise of opportunity and a better life. If I think America was so… Read more »
david
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Totally disagree. Sorry but this just sounds like more american ignorance of other countries and cultures. if someone purt a gun to my head and said I had to stop being Australian and must choose another country, you guys would come well after a number of other countries.

Johnny Saint
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There is no question that American foreign policy has proven to be utterly ignorant of foreign cultures despite the overwhelming influence of its immigrant population. That’s one of the reasons they keep applying the wrong strategy. Iraq and Afghanistan are two glaring FUBARs that the world will be dealing with generations down the line. But assigning blame to one country simply because they are the biggest or possess the most armaments is just prejudiced and irrational. It also completely fails to comprehend why the conflict occurred in the first place. The same mistake the Americans made. If the Americans were… Read more »
david
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American jingoism at its worst! My country doesn’t wish it was USA. On the contrary we are mostly glad that we’re not!

Yup
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You can always blame the “ugly American” for their wrong, as well ugly Australian, ugly British or ugly Chinese for the wrong their country committed..

Yup
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We don’t want to be like USA either, but we want our own “American Dream”..

Hildergarde Hamhocker
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Hildergarde Hamhocker
Glen you are an idiot. USA has committed more human rights atrocities than any other country on earth. It has denied it’s own people rights, would lock up residents of other countries who tell it like it is ( Julian Assange as an example – what RIGHT does the USA have over him?) Commits state sponsored murder – Osama Bin Laden, may have deserved it but STATE sponsored murder when murder is considered illegal? My country is a hell of a lot better than the USA, has more freedom, spends more money to put a soldier in the field (the… Read more »
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