Wednesday, September 21, 2016

America's Institutional Racism

I caught a few moments of live coverage of US Secretary of State, John Kerry's lecture to the UN Security Council this morning in response to an apparent Russian or Syrian bombing of a UN relief column.

It's as tragic as it is outrageous, no question, but what got me was when Kerry described Syria as the greatest humanitarian crisis since WWII.

Really? What about the 800,000 innocents butchered in Rwanda? What about the 5-million victims of sectarian slaughter in Congo?

Oh, sorry, I get it. Those were black people, Africans. Which might explain why America didn't lift a finger to help them.


Here are a few more for Kerry's memory list: 1966, Nigeria, 3-million; Vietnam War, 3-million; Afghanistan (post 1999), 2-million; 1983, Second Sudanese civil war, 2-million; 1971, Bangladesh liberation war, 3-million; 1975, Cambodian "killing fields", 1.4-million; 1947, massacres of the Indian partition, 2-million; 1950, occupation of Tibet (China), 1.2-million; 1971, Bangladesh genocide, 3-million. The list goes on. Syria may, however, be the greatest humanitarian disaster the U.S. gave two shits about.


Anonymous said...

Close. The greatest humanitarian disaster the US gave two shits about is the one in Gaza and the West Bank. The US cares so much that it gives Palestinians $1bn in aid annually to stave off the worst effects, while giving Israel $3bn, Egypt $1.5bn and Jordan $1.2bn to make matters worse for them!


Anonymous said...

And Kerry is intellectually incapable of admitting that these illegal US forays into Iraq and Syria have caused the refugee crisis. Of course, the US also refuses to take in any refugees and leaves the rest of the world to mop up their mess.

I struggle to think of anything I need to praise YankeeLand for. Navel-gazing "exceptionalism" is their national characteristic, maintained by a poorly educated population that is indocrinated to believe Yankee is best from the age of three, and everywhere else is irrelevant. Yes, I spent time in a US high school and couldn't believe it when I was 14, listening to the rote repetition of the oath of allegiance each morning and afternoon. Another form of religion and abject brain-washing.