Over a decade ago I started writing a weekly sociopolitical column, “Behind the Mirror,” hoping to bring new perspectives that would allow us to see ourselves with borrowed eyes… not just our American eyes.
Those new perspectives have proven to be a bit raw at times for an American readership unaccustomed to self-criticism and the challenges which most often accompany the truth. And nowhere can the truth be more obfuscated than in matters concerning international relations. To counter our perceived American obstinacy in the perpetuation of myths and ideas of an idyllic, fairy-tale America, we have tried to provide information and discussion to help bring clarity in both domestic and international fronts; our hope that in the latter we would find some opportunity for a more reasonable and impartial evaluation of our foreign policy.
Since early in 2003 we have observed, and challenged, the hawkish actions and policies enacted during one-and-one-half terms of a misguided Bush presidency in both domestic and international arenas which left the United States bankrupt and depression-bound… after helping to widen the great abyss between rich and poor; while maintaining an imperial military-might serving as police force for multi-flag global capitalism… or, as many political analysts will contend, as the raison d’être for terrorism.
But Bush’s exit from American politics, contrary to the ballooned expectations of some and the unrealistic hopes of many did not change much in the way the US is governed. Not much… Not at all! After six years in office, Mr. Obama has become living proof that he is Commander-In-Continuity… and absolutely nothing else. Although showing a contained displeasure in his relationship with Israel’s “Bibi” Natanyahu, this American president has shown a mastery of the political moment by waiting until his last two years in office to initiate talks that could bring about the normalization of relations with Cuba, and the closing of the prison at Guantanamo. A minuscule feat, however, when measured against what could prove out to be the biggest blunder in US foreign policy: capriciously pushing Russia into a wall… and a new cold war.
Necessary changes in foreign policy – the principal cause for all OUR wars; and in domestic economic policy – the reason for grouping Americans in two camps of rich and poor, are not about to change until there is an upheaval in all aspects of American society: social, political and economic. Until that day comes, we shall continue challenging American politics with our progressive voice… heralding, as loudly as we are allowed, our cry for social justice.
February 1, 2015
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