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Thread: Happy birthday USA
face BY : Peter Tiang email (remove spam text)

> Sorry to add to this, but I must.  There are two sides to every
> conflict.  Sure we (the US) are preserving our best interests when we get
> involved in foreign matters, but what makes that ok in my mind is that it
> is we usually side with the most civilized and humane
> party.  Unfortunately, without us the UN would not have the ability to do
> anything.

   This is exactly the problem here.

   There's a fine line between being the hero of
   the day and being a tyrant.

> It would be nice if we could ignore the rest of the world, but
> that is just not possible.  If your neighbor drives their car drunk all
> time you can ignore it or attempt to stop them.  If you ignore it your
> child or your friends child may be in front of that car some day.  What
> makes me proud to be an American is that it is not only my child that I am
> concerned about.  The world is more and more like a big neighborhood every
> day.

   I agree, but there more than one person
   (or country) living in the neighborhood, right ?

   Is it possible to work within the framework
   of the U.N. (analogous to a neighborhood committee) ?
   Instead of one person dictates and the others
   had to follow ?

   Is'nt this what democracy is all about ?

> To me freedom rules and it seems every country we have a problem with
> does not understand what it means to really be free.

   Freedom is a relative thing, you have to understand
   the local culture and religious beliefs in order
   to enjoy our differing flavors of "freedom".
   "Freedom" to one is easily "Anarchy" to another.

Peter Tiang

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