Around the message boards, they are out there in droves. The Drugdies, I call them. In other words, those who have never actually studied history, economics or anything really that would challenge their little minds, but keep on happily spouting things like "We're Amurikhans! We are white! We are good!". How dare anybody to keep challenge that? Don't they know we got nukes?
But it's not just the white, red and retarded who get onto the bandwagon about calling Cameron's movie "Anti-American". Even over here, the Spiegel magazine's film critic (think, uh, Time magazine or Newsweek) went on to rant about that it is the most expensive Anti-American movie ever made, and I reject that, because as my blog post says, in order for it to be Anti-American, you'll have to accept that American exceptionalism allows you to go around the world and take what you want. Now, that ain't my America, but then again, with more historical knowledge comes the disillusion that "my" America apparently has been the product of a good marketing campaign, kind of like "great taste, less filling"
For example, the reason that you guys went to Vietnam was that "the evil of Ho Chi Mihn's communism had to be stopped", you know, like, before he could invade the United States (now, where have I heard this one before? Hmmmmm....)
The truth? From 1941 to 1945, Ho Chi Minh was fighting the Japanese occupation of Vietnam with the full backing of the OSS. Can you say "ooops?" Who was in control of Vietnam prior to the Japanese occupation? Ah, yes, that's right. The French. It was a colony, and like all dominant wankers, the French had not much respect for the "jungle monkeys", as the Vietnamese were often known. Now, Ho Chi Minh – apparently a fully fledged communist, yes – wrote this to President Truman in 1946. The letter was never answered by the President, and was only declassified in 1972.
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT:Now, obviously the direct line that Minh draws here between the Japanese and the French (in such that they were the associates of the Japanese) is geopolitical bullshit, but to the Vietnamese they were pretty much the same thing, after all, one boot pushing down your neck is pretty much the same as any other boot. Or as Chris Rock used to say about racism, "And then there's these folks coming in, saying, hey, I wasn't even there when your people were enslaved. My family's from Hungary or some shit. You white, you motherfucking cracker! It ain't like the Black, we ain't got no problem with the Jews, everybody always claiming, we got problems with the Jews. We ain't got no time for that shit to make a distinction. You white, cracker! Oh, hello, Sir. Having a nice day, Sir? Have a good one, Sir.... motherfucking cracker."
Our VIETNAM people, as early as 1941, stood by the Allies' side and fought against the Japanese and their associates, the French colonialists.
From 1941 to 1945 we fought bitterly, sustained by the patriotism, of our fellow-countrymen and by the promises made by the Allies at YALTA, SAN FRANCISCO and POTSDAM.
When the Japanese were defeated in August 1945, the whole Vietnam territory was united under a Provisional Republican Government, which immediately set out to work. In five months, peace and order were restored, a democratic republic was established on legal bases, and adequate help was given to the Allies in the carrying out of their disarmament mission.
But the French Colonialists, who betrayed in wartime both the Allies and the Vietnamese, have come back, and are waging on us a murderous and pitiless war in order reestablish their domination. Their invasion has extended to South Vietnam and is menacing us in North Vietnam. It would take volumes to give even an abbreviated report of the crisis and assassinations they are committing everyday in this fighting area.
This aggression is contrary to all principles of international law and the pledge made by the Allies during World War II. It is a challenge to the noble attitude shown before, during, and after the war by the United States Government and People. It violently contrasts with the firm stand you have taken in your twelve point declaration, and with the idealistic loftiness and generosity expressed by your delegates to the United Nations Assembly, MM. BYRNES, STETTINIUS, AND J.F. DULLES.
The French aggression on a peace-loving people is a direct menace to world security. It implies the complicity, or at least the connivance of the Great Democracies. The United Nations ought to keep their words. They ought to interfere to stop this unjust war, and to show that they mean to carry out in peacetime the principles for which they fought in wartime.
Our Vietnamese people, after so many years of spoliation and devastation, is just beginning its building-up work. It needs security and freedom, first to achieve internal prosperity and welfare, and later to bring its small contribution to world-reconstruction.
These security and freedom can only be guaranteed by our independence from any colonial power, and our free cooperation with all other powers. It is with this firm conviction that we request of the United Sates as guardians and champions of World Justice to take a decisive step in support of our independence.
What we ask has been graciously granted to the Philippines. Like the Philippines our goal is full independence and full cooperation with the UNITED STATES. We will do our best to make this independence and cooperation profitable to the whole world.
(Signed) Ho Chi Minh
However, when the Japanese went bye-bye, guess what the French did (pretty much the way the British desperately tried to hang on to their colonies post WW2)? They went back in there, full force, against the rebellious colony. And so, this letter essentially says, "please help us, you know what we are talking about, we want to be free."
Or, as this letter to Secretary of State, James Byrnes, stated (again, without a reply), on November 1, 1945
[Could I Send] to the United States of America a delegation of about 50 Vietnam youths with a view to establish friendly cultural relations with American youth on the one hand, and carrying on further studies in Engineering, Agriculture, as well as other lines of specialization on the other. They have been all these years keenly interested in things American and earnestly desirous to get in touch with American people whose fine stand for the noble ideals of international Justice and Humanity, and whose modern technical achievements have so strongly appealed to them.You know, that is what the Americans did with Germany, right? One Senator Fulbright did it. It established the Fulbright Foundation, and that program did more to further understanding between people of different nations than any amount of weaponry, of speeches ever did. The Fulbright Scholar. I was one. It isn't about learning from American institutions, that scholarship is. It's about getting people from all around over and have them meet and live together. In Missouri, I met Bulgarians, Russians, British, Vietnamese, Koreans, Americans from all backgrounds... and we sniffed each other out, like dogs would, hm, are you okay? Is this okay? And we found out very quickly that – for the most part – we were pretty much all the same. Well, other than that the Russians drank a lot, the Bulgarians were very hairy and could turn into werewolves on a full moon, and the British still thought they were somehow better than the rest of us (and if you are the country of Shakespeare and Dickens, it's kind of hard to argue with that). About the Americans, they were always two things that struck me. How incredibly nice they all were (and they are, I'm not quite sure why that is, but it creeps the hell out of me. Nobody is that nice all the time!), and how much of that was superficial. And how intellectually uncaring most of them were. And that was at a Journalism School, Master's Level. It was the first time I was a bit frightened by it all. It was how submissive they were around authorities. Now, granted, that is pretty much the same everywhere, but the American students, they submitted with a smile. (A German will submit, but he will grumble weeks and months about it, and he won't forget, it's why Germans are so dangerous).
But in Vietnam? Not only did the Americans not help, no, they put their financial and logistical support behind the French, and apparently nobody in the United States (because, what the hell, jungle monkeys, right?) ever bothered to listen or read Ho Chi Minh's Declaration of Independence of September 1945, which begins like this...
"All men are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free.
The Declaration of The French Revolution made in 1791 on the Rights of Man and the Citizen also states: "All men are born free and with equal rights, and must always remain free and have equal rights."
Those are undeniable truths.
Nevertheless, for more than eighty years, the French imperialists, abusing the standard of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, have violated our Fatherland and oppressed our fellow citizens. The have acted contrary to the ideals of humanity and justice.
In the field of politics, they have deprived our people of every democratic liberty.
They have enforced inhuman laws; they have set up three distinct political regimes in the North, the Center, and the South of Viet-Nam in order to wreck our national unity and prevent our people from being united.
They have built more prisons than schools. They have mercilessly slain our patriots; they have drowned our uprisings in rivers of blood.
They have fettered public opinion; they have practiced obscurantism against our people.
To weaken our race they have forced us to use opium and alcohol.
In the field of economics, they have fleeced us to the backbone, impoverished our people and devastated our land.
They have robbed us of our rice fields, our mines, our forests, our raw materials. They have monopolized the issuing of bank notes and the export trade.
They have invented numerous unjustifiable taxes and reduced people, especially our peasantry, to a state of extreme poverty.
They have hampered the prospering of our national bourgeoisie, they have mercilessly exploited our workers.
Gosh, I guess there must have been some hidden Marxist meaning in that. Especially in the last sentence. They have hampered the prospering of our national bourgeoisie!! That sure as hell sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool commie! But like I said, the Americans didn't give a fuck, and more overtly so, they backed the French re-occupation with all their might, so where did the Vietnamese nationalists turn to? Well, duh. The only other super-power that was left which could give them weapons and supplies and start the fuck fighting.
And snap, all over sudden it became an America Vs. Communism fight, which it never was. Snap, America backed the corrupt regime in South Vietnam, knowing it was corrupt, but hell, if he's a son of a bitch, at least he's our son of a bitch, right? Again, where the fuck have I heard that one before? Oh, that's right. When the CIA overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran and replaced it with a murderous thug, called the Shah, so that America and the British could keep their hands on the oil. What came out of that? Oh, right, a little known company called BP = British Petroleum. Oooops. Sorry, kids, I know we put your people in jails and torture chambers for the next quarter of a century, thus making you susceptible to the Ayatollahs, but don't you know it was for the greater good? Gosh, we are still being fucked by that little operation today. The coup against Allende in Chile, backed by the CIA? Ah yes, that was for the greater good, too. Now, who did the Chileans get? Pinochet! Our kind of bastard! Kept the commies out!
And in Vietnam, what did Americans expect? That they would be heralded as liberators? The same people who backed their oppressors? Who told the Vietnamese, fuck you, we don't care? And you wondered why they fought so ferociously? This wasn't about ideology, this was about this is our country, fuck it.
And where are we doing it today? Uh, I don't know. We prop up a corrupt government in Afghanistan that is led by a guy who not only takes graft and pay-offs, no, he is also in bed with the people who have always wanted to have that delightful pipeline in that country. We don't protect the innocents, we kill them an claim them as "collateral damage". Ever wondered why when we kill thousands of innocents, it is collateral damage, and when they kill thousands of innocents, it is terrorism? Why, simply because we are exceptional! I often wonder how Afghans look at the US forces and the German forces and the British and so on. It's not like in their stone age villages, they get to read an awful lot of the New York Times, you know, telling them that "this is all for your OWN GOOD!"
And the best image I can come up with is the scene from "Mars Attacks", when you see several Martians wreaking havoc, and two of them hold up Pierce Brosnan's translating machine, and the only thing we hear amongst the sounds of ray blasters is "Do not flee! We are your friends!" Kzzzzzzzzzz-SPLAT!
(incidentally, remember what the tag line for that movie was? No? Here it is. "Nice planet. We'll take it." And isn't that exactly what the corporate raiders in Cameron's movie say? Why, yes, they do.)